Fall fishing season is here, bringing many of the most popular inshore fish into the same locations. It's possible to catch trout, redfish, and snook from the same spot using the same bait on many days. Chumming with the same bait you're fishing with will excite the fish into feeding while also giving away their exact location. If a cast can be made quickly to where a fish "pops" the surface on a live chummer, the chances of hooking up are greatly increased. Basic inshore tackle works for all three species as well. Get the job done with 10-pound test with a section of 30-pound leader attached to a 1/0 circle hook. The premier baitfish for this type of fishing is a scaled sardine, also known as whitebait. Low stages of the tide have been productive recently by concentrating the fish on dropoffs. Wading birds in the very shallows along with schools of mullet staged on the edge are indicators of a lively flat and a productive zone. Expect these conditions to return with next week's full moon.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727) 510-1009.