What's hot: With colder weather, fish look for warm water. Power plants are a favorite place for fish that roam the flats. You can catch trout, redfish, snook, pompano, permit, cobia, ladyfish and bluefish. And you don't need a boat to fish some power plants.
Tips and tricks: Timing is everything. Some days the fishing can be great all day, and others can have a window of 30 minutes or so. A trick is to pick the right days and tides. The first few days after a cold front are productive. I like to fish the stronger tides around the full- or new-moon phase. Fish the tide changes, two hours before the change and two hours after.
Equipment: The most popular live bait is shrimp. Some good artificials are plastic jigs and shrimp, and slow-sinking crank baits. For tackle, a light spinning rod and reel with 8- to 12-pound test line is perfect.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.