Warm weather most productive: Fishing has been best during a string of warm days, especially on the second or third day in a row. When this happens, the redfish and trout action has been good on the shallow flats around the east side of Anclote Key and Three Rooker Bar. These fish have been moving around shallow flats looking for an easy meal. When active fish are located, the best baits are live shrimp, creek cubs and artificials. The best artificial baits are soft-plastic jerkbaits, plastic swim tails on an 1/8-ounce jig head and small topwater baits.
Tricks for the flats: Fish have been on the outer edges of the flats on the lower tides and moving close to banks and the mouths of the creeks on the higher tides. Use a stealth approach for these fish, which are spooky in this shallow and clear water. Use a push pole or trolling motor to get into casting range.
On colder days: Look for the fish in the rivers, deep-water canals and creeks. Sheepshead fishing has been good in the canals of Gulf Harbors, West Port, and Sea Forest. The best bait has been live fiddler crabs and live shrimp. Look for rocks on the bottom and large docks with moving current.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.