What's hot: With the warming trend over the past week, many redfish are hunting on the flats, and a few snook are starting to appear. Recent clear skies have enhanced the ability to sight cast for fish holing up in potholes and along oyster bars. When sight casting, keep the sun at your back to allow good visibility ahead of the boat. Long casts with belly-hooked sardines have been most productive for reds. A few chummers can help jump-start the bite. But don't go overboard; if you do, birds will start diving and scare off the fish.
More on snook: Snook have been lying in the shallowest potholes outside bayous and feeder creeks along the shore. Don't cast on top of them. Allow the baits to swim naturally toward the fish. The later part of the day has produced more fish; it allows the water to warm more and stimulate their appetite.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 439-9017.