What's hot: As tranquil weather conditions return, so should the clean water and in turn the bait schools. Last week's northerly winds stirred up the water and made it difficult to find bait and predators. But focusing on the edges of the flats on the lower tidal stages allowed us to find slightly cleaner water and schools of redfish, by seeing a push of water or patches of mud kicked up by rooting fish.
Tip: When trying to locate redfish during low light conditions, fan cast noisy top-water plugs with the hooks removed. Then if a redfish strikes, you can power pole down within range of the school without the risk of a hooked fish spooking the school before you can toss out live chum, which will allow you to catch multiple fish.
What else?: More and more crab traps will begin to be dropped in nearshore waters, Tripletail are known for hanging on the down current side of the marker floats. On a recent trip, we spotted and caught four nice-sized fish. These fish are willing to eat just about any small live bait, with a tail trimmed pilchard being a personal favorite.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.