What's hot: Moderate conditions have helped flats fishing in the North Suncoast. Recovery times for inshore action after cold fronts have been short. Water temperatures have rarely been below 60 degrees. This keeps trout and redfish from retreating too far away.
Choosing days: Schedule trips several days after a front clears. Though the day after is often sunny with a clear sky, these can be the worst days. Cold water and bright sun on the flats make for tough fishing. Wait until the water temperature turns around, and trout and redfish will be in every pothole and trough. My favorite time during winter is one or two days before a cold front arrives. Winds from the south bring warm air into the area and push tides up higher than normal. Fish will bite aggressively until the system goes through.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (727) 944-3474.