The long run of unseasonably warm weather has come to an end for now. Look for most inshore species to head to areas that will provide the most stable water temperatures for the next several days.
Tactics: Slow your presentation and fish close to the bottom; scented baits or jigs tipped with shrimp will be the most productive. Use slight twitches of the rod tip to impart movement with very little retrieval. The fish will be lethargic and reluctant to chase down fast-moving presentations.
Location: Area rivers and creeks, most of which are spring fed, will provide warm-water havens and will concentrate fish in the deepest holes. Power generating facilities and their warm-water discharges will also be a great place to find large concentrations of fish. These areas can be crowded, but by using your water temperature gauge you can stay in the warm-water plume and avoid the crowds in the main discharge canal. Pay attention to the direction of the current as it will carry the noticeably warmer water several hundred yards from the main discharge.
Tips: Success will come to those who find the warmest and most stable water temperatures. It may not hurt to sleep in and allow the sun to heat things up a bit. Just a few degrees increase in water temperature can turn on the bite.
Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.