By Capt. Brent Gaskill
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 17, 2002
It is time to pack a variety of rods and bait. Have a plan B and a backup plan for that. Now that the weather has straightened itself out, everything has changed.
Areas where there were full blown threadfins a week ago have been invaded by tiny hatchlings. The tarpon have shifted and the mackerel have moved. It's the midsummer shakeup. A few days of wind and rain combined with a changing moon phase alters the fishing patterns. Be prepared to locate fish again and find new patterns.
It might be necessary to try several spots. Be patient; methodically work each area. If there are no signs of life, move on. Don't waste time if a spot is not producing.
Recent charters have been successful in hooking up and catching fish. It has come with an intensive search and changes in location, baits and technique. Having a variety of rods and bait has allowed shifting from tarpon to mackerel, or trout to sharks as conditions dictate. Combinations of big, conventional tackle and light spinning gear are necessary. A baitwell full of pilchards, greenies, and pinfish is helpful. Keep chum blocks and frozen baits in the cooler for backup. Be observant; paying attention to your surroundings will be rewarded.
-- Capt. Brent Gaskill charters the Summer Vacation out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 343-1765 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.