© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2002
There's plenty of action inshore and offshore if you're interested in showing mom a great time fishing on her special day.
For an easy relaxing time, look to the grassflats for speckled trout. Keepers up to 20 inches are eating pinfish and whitebait. Cork offerings so they swim just above the grass and let the bait do the rest. Target the incoming tide where the flats run 4-6 feet deep.
For a bit more of a challenge, there's tarpon. All major bridges have plenty of rolling fish. Shad and pinfish soaked on the bottom are hard to beat there. The beaches from Egmont Key north also are holding good numbers. The trick to fishing the beach is to get out early before boat traffic chases the fish elsewhere. Once you've spotted a pod moving in your direction, anchor and use corked pinfish or greenback.
King mackerel still are slicing up baits. Look to the ship channel around buoys 3 and 4. No need to get bait before heading out. Just stop at markers 5 and 6 and pick up sardines.
-- Capt. Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.