What's hot: Early morning stops at jetty rock piles have produced excellent action for a variety of species. Snook, redfish and trout are the targets, however, Spanish mackerel, flounder and mangrove snapper are also taking live baits.
Tactics: Free-lining live pilchards against the rocks at the strong part of the tide is your best chance for hooking a snook. Lightly weighting your pilchard with a split shot and working the area just off the rocks works better for trout, reds and flounder.
What else: Redfish have been feeding well on the afternoon high tide. Big full moon tides bring in enough water for the reds to get back under the mangroves, where they can feed on crabs. Pitching cut pieces of ladyfish or a weighted pilchard in the small openings between the branches put your bait in the right spot.
Tarpon update: Beachside tarpon fishing has been slow as they migrate and prepare to spawn. A few days after the full moon passes, we should see the fish return to the beaches. The fish will travel north and south, making anchor fishing your best option. Anchor just outside the swim buoys. But a more productive lane might be detected after sitting a while. Live pinfish and pumpkin seeds are great baits as they will swim away from the float.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]