What's hot: After nasty weekend weather, fishing is starting to pick back up. Morning outgoing tides have been good nearshore for trout and Spanish mackerel. Late afternoon high tides have been producing good numbers of redfish and a few snook.
Tactics: On recent trips targeting nearshore structures in 12 to 18 feet with a free-lined or lightly weighted live pilchard has been good for everything from trout to grouper to cobia. A 30-pound leader and a 3/0 hook works for most everything until the mackerel show up. Adding a small piece of knottable wire leader helps prevent cutoffs.
Tips: Targeting oyster mounds on late afternoon high tides can be really good at times. Look for ones loaded with mullet. Fire the fish up with live chummers to see what kind of mood the fish are in. This pattern has produced redfish and snook of all sizes.
What else: Cobia and tripletail are in the area; have rods rigged for possible encounter. A stout 30-pound class rod rigged with a 40-pound leader works great for throwing at any cobia that might pop up behind the boat, while inshore sized tackle works great when scanning crab buoys for tripletail.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.