Fast-action variety trips are the norm. It is not unusual to catch trout, flounder, grouper, ladyfish, jacks, bluefish, mackerel and some other species on a single trip. This is possibly the easiest time of year to get into fast action around Tampa Bay. Baitfish have returned to our waters. Spend your time in areas that have them. The universal choice to catch a majority of gamefish is “the jig.” This is a soft-plastic tail on a jighead. I would recommend jigheads in one-eighth ounce to three-sixteenth ounce. If you’re into bluefish and mackerel, bring your leader line up to a minimum of 30-pound fluorocarbon. Areas with moving water are best, so within 200 yards of any gulf pass is probably going to get you into the action. The general Skyway area is an easy location to get in on these variety situations. Flounder are not in like they will be later in the year, but we are catching them daily. Rarely does a day go by where we don’t catch at least a half-dozen species. Enjoy this action while it’s hot. When the weather gets hotter, things will not be as wild as they are right now.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at and (727) 692-6345.