To beat the heat, storms and get a parking spot at the ramp before they all fill up you might want to launch at first light.
Scallop season is going steady this month with plenty being caught in 5 to 8 feet of water.
The inshore fishing is a little slow right now with few trout around, but red fish, and snook are biting. Use live shrimp or pinfish around the points and oyster bars. They are also going deep into the creeks with these extra high tides we have been having. I like to target reds on the little hard spots, either rock bottom or clumps of oysters. Pinch the tail off a shrimp, thread it on a hook, and let it soak on the bottom. The current will carry the scent to the fish. Look for snook near creek mouths on the falling tide around mangroves and under docks. Live bait is your best bet under a float or free lined. Early morning is best.
Be safe, watch the weather, and please be patient at the boat ramp. There are a lot of people using them this time of year, and not all of them are great at backing a trailer.
Duane Baker is a Licensed USCG Captain. He operates Windsplitter Charters. (352) 352-364-2417