Summer is definitely upon us and the weather has been extremely warm by mid day. I have been starting my trips a lot earlier than normal to capitalize on the cooler water temps in the morning and beat the heat of the day. Snook fishing has been the main objective and they are biting very good in the early dawn hours. Tidal flow is also key as low tide water temps are reaching near 90 degrees in the peak sun hours. The incoming tides are producing big snook around the rock structures while outgoing tides are funneling snook into cuts near the passes, waiting for bait to be pushed to them. Grunts caught in traps along with medium sized pinfish are working well in the clear beach waters. Greenbacks are becoming harder to catch in the north Pinellas area, typical of this time of year. Redfishing has slowed a bit, especially after passing the new moon phase. There are some redfish seeking cooler waters along the same structure that tends to hold the snook and trout. Rock jetties and troughs along the beaches are the targeted areas that are producing the most fish. Hydration is so important. Drink water even when you are not thirsty. Heat related illness can sneak up on you and by then it’s often too late to catch up on fluids.