Fishing the past few days has been nearly impossible because of the weather. The rain and cloud cover have dropped the water temperature, which usually stimulates fish even more. It's going to take a few days for inshore waters to settle down and clear. But just before the bad weather, the redfish bite was hot. Schooling fish are roaming several flats in the northern Pinellas area. Often this time of year, schools gather a few yards from shorelines and mangroves. I tend to focus on larger sand holes adjacent to oyster bars and creek mouths. Filling the well with ample amounts of baits can give you an advantage with heavy chumming helping locate a few boils and explosions as fish chase the free offerings. Higher tides have been the most productive nearer the shoreline, although with fish schooling, the outgoing tides can be just as good if you can identify the direction the fish are falling out with the water. Snook harvest opened Sept. 1, increasing pressure on them, especially at the beginning of the season. The size limit for taking them from the gulf is between 28 and 33 inches.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.