The full spring run of all species in our area is in full swing. Whatever species you would like to target, inshore or offshore, is as good as it gets this time of year. Redfish schools have shown up in the flats around Pinellas Point, but they are inconsistent. A school will be in one place one day, then gone the next. Time on the water is the only way to effectively track the day-to-day migration of redfish. Kings are being caught offshore. I have friends calling and telling me that the fast-moving pelagic species is eating every bait that hits the water. The only problem is the wind has kept us from heading offshore. I look forward to this time of year for one reason: I normally target redfish on a day-to-day basis, but the spring allows me to mix it up and target a number of different species. If kings are being caught offshore, then the next best thing to target: the brown bomber. Cobia are one of the most traveled species in the world. They can be found in every warm ocean and will swim around a floating object. I will travel countless miles in the bay, looking at every piling, buoy, day board and channel marker. If cobia are around, they will be swimming on the surface right next to the structure. All species of fish will eat just about anything you offer. I will stop at a bridge first thing in the morning and fill the well with as many types of bait as possible. I will usually get pinfish, scaled sardines, threadfins, grunts and ladyfish in the cast net. The No. 1 key to fishing is having everything possible to present to the fish when the opportunity rises.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.