What's hot: Good weather and good tides have helped improve fishing in northern Pinellas. Seatrout, flounder and sheapshead have all been cooperating, responding to both live shrimp and scaled sardines.
Tips: The cold has gotten large seatrout schooled up in their winter haunts. Spoil islands offer the habitat: rocky/shell bottom with nearby deep grass. Look for the trout to move onto the shell bottom with the warm afternoon incoming tide.
Tactics: Free-line live pilchards or select shrimp with an upcurrent drift. Use 7½-foot rods with light line and light leaders to draw attention from the larger fish. Soft, plastic jigs also work. Fishing natural shrimp colors on a quarter-ounce jig head bounced off the bottom is great to locate schools.
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.