Rain and cloud cover have kept water temperatures down slightly for August. This month is usually very hot, resulting in sluggish fish, but fishing has been very good lately. Redfishing has exploded in north Pinellas with varying sizes from small to oversized. They are showing up on most flats and docks as well as oyster beds and sawgrass edges in the bays. There are even redfish on the rocks and jetties around the beaches. Bait has been thick on the flats, so greenbacks have been easy to get. Chumming with some of the baits can bring the fish to the top, popping them on the surface, making them easier to locate. Snook are still hanging on the beach eating the overabundance of hatchling baits. Larger greenbacks are working well. Cast directly into the clouds of small baits. The contrasting size of the bigger offering will almost always entice a strike from the snook looking for a bigger meal. Mangrove snapper are all over the pilings and deeper flats near the passes. Small pieces of baits on a smaller hook can get hookups quickly. Try a half-ounce egg sinker for weight around the bridge pilings. Wait for a steady pull before reeling. Flounder also will be seeking a bite mixed in with the snapper. Fishing in the shade of the bridges is a great way to beat the heat. Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.