The rain we are having today should not affect fishing too much. After this front, the rest of the week is shaping out to be like spring. The bite has been better in the afternoon. This will allow the water and air temperature to warm up a bit. The bite on the incoming tide has been the best. You will want to fish the flats outside of the passes and creek mouths until you have enough water to move in. Using shrimp has produced a good bite on trout, small redfish, and sheepshead. If you are lucky enough to find scaled sardines then I would use them. Fishing with the scaled sardines has produced some great catches of bigger fish. The snook bite is firing off like it was spring time. They are blowing up on the scaled sardines that we spray out with our chum bat. There have been multiple catches of snook in the 15-pound range. Redfish are holding tight under the mangrove trees as the tide rises. If you are unable to get your bait up under the branches, try throwing some chummers. This will pull them out into the open water more likely to eat. The trout bite has been the best. Look for a little deeper water to target them. They seem to be most happy in 3 to 4 feet.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.