Water temperatures are back up this week. With the hot water and high morning tides, the redfish bite has cooled. Fortunately we have tremendous nearshore fishing this time of year. Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, tripletail, flounder, sea trout and others are holding on rock jetties, rubble piles and bridge pilings. Avoid the hot part of the day and capitalize on the early outgoing tide. Leaving the dock while it's dark will give you a chance at an amazing bite. Cast-net bait along bridge shadow lines at night. There is way more smaller bait now than bigger stuff so use a quarter-inch mesh cast net. Use microbaits for chumming and medium baits for the hook, while saving larger baits for targeting snook or redfish along the jetty. Keep an eye out for floating debris and scan crab traps and other buoys for tripletail. A small pilchard under a float, cast uptide of the fish, usually gets the job done.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at flatsmonster.com.