Go deep. Deep water is where you want to concentrate most of your fishing. Fish tend to move to deeper water this time of year. Deeper water will give the fish some relief now that it is so hot. The water temperature stays more consistent. So concentrate on catching fish in the shallow water first thing in the morning, then look to the drop-offs or deeper grass flats later in the day.
Snook looks. Snook are moving into their spawning mode. Look for schooling fish on the beach and on deep shorelines with good tidal flow. They will be eating almost everything in sight. Make sure to take care of these big fish and release them right away since they are in the middle of their spawn.
Trout bouts. The trout bite continues to impress. Good numbers of slot size fish are being caught on every trip. The key is to be on grass in about 4 feet of water. Try using a popping cork. The noise that the popping cork creates will lure the trout out of the grass.
Stuck in the middle. If you are looking for constant action, then move out into the middle of the bay. The shoals are holding a lot of fish. It is important to have good moving water. Spanish mackerel, jacks and sharks can be caught on almost every cast. Make sure to use heavier leader with a long shank hook. If you put a small split shot on, then you can catch all the silver trout you like as well.
Cobia catch. Cobia is being caught on a regular basis around the buoys and channel markers. Throw a scaled sardine 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.