Summer sizzling. It's getting to be that time of year where you will want to get out early to beat the heat. We are also settling into our summertime pattern of afternoon thunderstorms. You will have a good outgoing tide all morning this weekend.
Redfish. The redfish have been holding way up under the mangroves on the flood tides we have had all week. Try throwing a piece of cut bait way up under the tree line with just enough split shot to keep it on the bottom. Once the tides starts to push out, look for the mullet schools to be holding fish. Cut bait and live scaled sardines free lined have worked well. Redfish are very heat tolerant and will stay on the flats as the day heats up.
Snap 'em up. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is target mangrove snapper in Tampa Bay. Mangrove snapper are getting ready to spawn so they bunch up. The best place to catch them is around the shipping channel markers and buoys. Don't just hold tight to the markers, take your time and do a circle 50 yards away from it as well. There is a lot of live bottom around these markers that will hold fish. You will want to use your bottom machine to find it. Put a chum block out and start cutting bait. This will bring the fish off the bottom and make them easier to catch. The small fry bait we have in the bay right now is perfect.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.