Inshore flats fishing from Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, and New Port Richey has been good in the early morning hours, before the sun gets straight up. Fishing charters leaving from 7 to 7:30 AM are catching small Tarpon,
Trout, Snook, Redfish, and many Jack Crevalle that put up great battles on the 8- to 10lb. light tackle we’re using.
Caitlin Cordial and her father Paul had a fine day fishing the Tarpon Springs area this week. The heat isn’t too bad really, as long as there is some kind of breeze. There are still some nice Snook on the beaches and barrier island mangroves. Find the coolest water and many species will be ready to eat a nice fresh pilchard cast-netted up that morning. With the new bait spawn returning from offshore, it’s best to use a 1/4" cast net so as not to gill the smaller baits in your net. Gilled baits make for a timely extra cleanup at the end of the day. Some guides this time of year when the water temperatures are high like to use cut-bait due to the fish being lethargic in the warmer water temp areas. Pinfish, pilchards, and threadfin herring are all good choices.
Sharks are a target I did not mention above but they are plentiful in a number of variety and sizes. We do use heavier tackle when fishing for sharks because you just don’t know what’s going to show up!
Capt. Rich Knox
ABSOLUTE FLORIDA FLATS FISHING