East winds and drier air have cooled the water some. This combined with clearer water from a lack of rain in the area has improved the inshore fishing conditions.
What's hot: Recent trips have produced multiple shots at tailing redfish. The best opportunities have come on the beginning of the incoming tide. Most of the fish have been in areas that are in the lee of the east winds and have been in water a foot or less. Shrimp and crab patterns, as well as the spoon fly, have worked well for those using fly tackle. Jerk shads rigged weedless and small gold spoons are also effective for those using spinning tackle. Cast ahead of the fish, as they are wary in such shallow water and an errant cast will send them swimming into the next zip code.
Tips: When the reds are tailing, getting into casting range can prove difficult at times. Trolling motors should be used at their lowest setting, and nothing beats a push pole for getting into range undetected. Most of the time it is best to get as close to shore as possible and let the fish come to you as they follow the tide in. This will put you in the lee of the shoreline with the wind at your back for better casting distance.
Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.