With inshore water as hot as 90 degrees in the afternoon, fishing can be dreadfully slow. There are several ways to beat the midday doldrums. The easiest is to fish mornings and evenings. In late summer, many inshore guides run two four-hour trips a day, in the morning and around 4 p.m. This approach works well for nearly all inshore species, especially tarpon and snook. The other option is to run to deep water. Lately, this means at least 100 feet. Anywhere inside that is unlikely to improve until October. In July we ran most offshore trips past 150 feet, many in the 200-foot range. If you have the right boat and the weather is good, do not even start looking for fish until you are in 150 feet. Bottom fishing at this depth has been very good, with catches of scamp, red grouper, gag grouper and big mangrove snapper. While chumming for snapper last month, we caught five African pompano.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at email@example.com.