Debby doldrums. Fishing had been pretty good prior to Tropical Storm Debby. Now, expect the consistent winds and influx of fresh water into the bay to put a wrench in your fishing routine for at least the next couple of days. You will want to fish farther out on the flats and in open water until the bay clears and rivers empty out. Bait will be scattered, so look to deeper water if you have trouble finding it on the flats.
Tarpon. The tarpon bite has slowed a little on the beach side. There are still smaller schools running around that you can get in front of and cast to with success. In July, I will start making my way to the bridges and further up into the bay to target them. Threadfins are still the bait of choice unless it happens to be a hill tide. Then, you will want to bring crabs into the mix.
Water flow. Snook and redfish have been staged up around the bridges and docks facing open water. Good water flow is the key to success. You will want to use at least 30-pound fluorocarbon leader when fishing docks. Cast your bait up tide and let it float back.
Trout, mackerel and sharks. There are still plenty of speckled trout, silver trout, Spanish mackerel and sharks to be had through the bay. Look either at a map or on your GPS to locate the shoals surrounding our many shipping channels.
Cobia. Cobia are still being caught on a regular basis on the grass flats, buoys and channel markers. Throw a scaled sardine or big plastic eel at them. I have found that throwing an injured sardine at them works best.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.