What's hot: Recent weather has allowed for many opportunities. Offshore, snapper, grouper, kingfish, and Spanish mackerel will keep you busy in the waters inside of 60 feet. Further offshore will have the same action, and American red snapper will steal the show. Pelagic species such as dolphin (mahi mahi), blackfin tuna and the occasional wahoo will become more abundant from 100 feet on out. Be sure to cover the entire water column, top to bottom. You never know what might come calling.
Inshore, tarpon, snook and trout will continue to be active on our area beaches. Early mornings will be the most productive and certainly are more comfortable this time of year. Make sure to bring along some small jigs as another welcome and tasty species, pompano, will be just off the surf line. Tipping small yellow or white one-eighth feather jigs with small pieces of shrimp are hard for these fish to resist. Make your casts into the first trough along the beach and retrieve with short hops and pauses.
Tips: Enjoy the cooler mornings, but be mindful of our afternoon thunderstorms, which can bring a lot of wind, reduced visibility and lightning.
Troy P. Sapp of Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.