Break in weather: After many days of wind in a row, there have been a few breaks in the weather that have allowed reasonable boating and fishing conditions. Cabin fever can get real bad this time of year. The beautiful days are a good cure.
What's hot: Speckled trout and redfish are returning to the shallows and have been quite cooperative. On nice days, the afternoon has brought the best bite. Water temperatures are above normal and have made the usually lethargic fish active. Live shrimp or soft plastic jigs have worked well for both species. Be patient and fish slowly for optimum results.
Tip: Ultra-light gear will make subtle strikes more likely to be detected. Using light equipment increases the fun factor as well.
Options: If it is windy, residential canals can be very productive while offering a buffer from stout breezes. Live shrimp fished close to or under docks will do the trick.
Seasonal: Whether outboards, or reels, it's time to service these items before the shops get slammed at the beginning of spring.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email [email protected] or visit snookfish.com.