What's hot: Fishing finally begins to flourish with gradually rising temperatures and warming waters. Better tides beginning today will mean much better action for redfish and trout than we've seen all year.
Techniques: Things are not quite "back to normal" with fish piling up in normal springtime locations, so a little more searching might be necessary. Redfish and trout will be stacked in deeper holes and troughs on bigger low tides. On higher tides, their location will vary. Later in the day, due to solar heating, fish are more likely to be in the shallows. In the morning with higher water, the fish will probably be out deeper.
Water temperatures will take a while to heat up a great deal, so success depends on slow presentation. Shrimp style lures are best to mimic the best food source for these two species. Inshore flats are devoid of baitfish but foraging fish are searching for shrimp. The 12 Fathom SlamR or DOA shrimp are great lures to work slowly past the fish. Have live shrimp as a backup on the days when the fish don't want to chase even a slow-moving lure. This will also provide something to feed to sheepshead in those same shallows.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at adventurekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.