This has been a cold year thus far as fronts have blasted the Tampa Bay area. Now things are beginning to warm up, and the transition from winter to spring begins. Every warm day takes us one step closer to some awesome fishing. As water temperatures climb, look for some of our most sought-after species to make the transition to the flats. Snook fishing will really begin to take off. Whitebait (also called greenbacks) is the bait of choice as the bigger schools move around the bridges and towers inside Tampa Bay. Targeting potholes and creeks that surround the shallow water flats will be very productive for snook and trout. In these same areas, you will find reds roaming as well as tide flushes in and out. In clear water, I find success using a freelined rig. For trout, you canít go wrong with the popping cork. As weather gets warmer and more consistent, look for fishing to get better. Picking the good weather days will also help with having a great day on the water this time of year.
Jason Prieto is a full-time fishing guide and can be reached at (813) 727-9890.