GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Extreme summer heat on the flats requires a change in strategy to catch fish.
Early in the morning, after the water has cooled overnight, has been the best time for flats and mangrove action. Late in the afternoon, real close to dark, is the next-best time.
If you have to fish in the middle of the day, try moving to the deeper edges of the grass flats where the water is a little cooler. Anchor along the drop-offs and hang a frozen chum block over the side. Using white bait or live shrimp, expect action from trout, mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, sharks and many other species hanging in the colder deeper water.
Tarpon action slowed down some this past week. The new-moon tides did not produce the expected crab feeding frenzy by hungry tarpon. The high westerly winds in the afternoon had something to do with it, but sometimes tarpon move and sometimes they just don't feed.
The best action has been around the Sunshine Skyway and Egmont Key. Janet Roushon has been having good luck jumping tarpon at the Dubai Long Pier at Redington Beach.
Jason Gell and Tony Cellamare made a deep-water run southwest of John's Pass to 200 feet of water and scored heavily with wahoo up to 67 pounds and giant grouper and red snapper up to 30 pounds.
Scallop season opens Wednesday and runs until Sept. 10. Scallops may be harvested from the Pasco-Hernando county line at Aripeka, north to Bay County. Popular spots for this great family activity include Homosassa and Crystal River.
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