The Tampa Bay Times
Capt. Brent Gaskill
I often have to explain that a full day of fishing does not equate to twice as many fish as a half day. The fish just don’t bite all day, especially now in the heat of summer. Fishing early is the key. If shallow water species are my target I will start there first. As the sun rises and begins to heat the water I will typically move to deeper locations. Mangrove shorelines with deeper troughs under the shade of overhanging branches have been my go-to on recent charters for snook, redfish, and mangrove snapper. With current heat indexes soaring into triple digits staying hydrated should be a priority for everyone outdoors. I drink a bottle of water an hour while on the water under normal conditions and have increased that intake with the heat. Of course if the sun is too much to handle fishing under the cover of darkness is and option, but I like to be home at night.