The Tampa Bay Times
A major lull diminishing, trout action has come back significantly in the last few days. The dead of a very hot summer, conditions are difficult for all fishing right now but if you pick deep areas with grassy bottom, trout are there and they are cooperative. Go early for best results. By nine in the morning the bite is diminishing fast. The most successful anglers know how to move their lures at a minimum pace. Just when you think you are going slow enough, slow it down some more. Going slower is the key with the water hot and the fish somewhat unhappy. Using topwaters might have success but usually very early in the morning. With the sun in the sky any distance at all the fish are less likely to rise to the top. Water quality issues all over the Gulf coast might make fishing conditions bounce back and forth. It got a little better but things in the dead heat of summer are tougher than they are the cooler months of the year. An idea: Go fishing at night. Water temperatures are coolest from 3 to 6 in the morning. That is often when the best fish are active. It’s most comfortable out there at night and often the opportunities are better than in the daytime.