What's hot: It's getting to be that time of year where the temperature drops. When the water temperature drops into the low 60s, you want to have shrimp onboard. Fishing with shrimp can be very productive in the winter months. Almost every kind of fish will eat it. Other good baits are artificial lures and soft plastics. With the low tides and clear water, you want to sight cast tailing redfish. Look for mullet schools, and redfish are usually not far behind.
Tips: Find these fish around usual spots, such as oyster beds and mangroves. Using cut bait this time of year is productive. Though it is not the most exciting way to fish, it will produce. It brings the redfish to you instead of you trying to find them. Redfish are easily spooked this time of year.
Technique: The trout bite during the winter is almost hard to beat. A lot of these fish hole up in 4-6 feet on the grass flats. You can almost count on catching at least 50 fish. Some of the biggest trout I caught last year were in 1-2 feet, but if you are looking for quantity, stay a little deeper. Set up a drift over the flats. Sometimes with the wind, you might need to deploy a drift sock; this will slow you.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.