Hopefully there will be relief in sight from the morning storms. It looks like rain chances go down the rest of the week, so we should be back to a more normal pattern of afternoon storms. Some nice speckled trout have been caught in depths of 5-8 feet. Almost all have been slot fish with some being over 20 inches. Try using a popping cork. You almost have to, with the bait being so small. Make sure to leave about 4 feet of leader under the cork. They’ve been holding in the deep grass. The mangrove snapper bite has really turned on after the full moon last week and the influx of small fry bait. They’re all over. We’re even catching keeper snapper on the grass flats. Mangrove snapper is one of the best eating fish. If you’re looking to get your limit of 2-3 pounders, concentrate on pilings, bridges, artificial reefs and wrecks inside the bay. If the summer heat is just too much to handle, try fishing at night. Fish become more active when the water cools. Snook, redfish and trout can all be caught while fishing docks. A lot of docks have lights, which will hold bait. Fishing at night can also improve your fishing during the day. Fish you find near docks at night usually fall off onto the nearest flat during the day.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.