What's hot: With the weather beginning to warm a little for a few days, many flats have started to come to life. The redfish bite over the last few weeks has produced good numbers of top slot fish on most trips. Larger schools are working the edges of flats on the extreme low tides and pushing into the tiny feeder creeks that lead onto a flat. Fish are tailing on incoming tides. On stronger moon phases when there is increased water movement, these fish will gather in the shallows and feed on anything tossed their way. Gold spoons with white bucktail trailers have worked best, as these lures cover more ground and imitate the small pinfish that are mixed in the lush turtlegrass.
The speckled trout have finally converged on St. Joseph Sound in good numbers. The normal haunts, such as the spoil islands, have mostly 15- to 20-inch slot fish. Larger females are in the shallowest water on the main shoreline. Moving water is key, as these 4-plus-pounders will use the current to feed in drop-offs and sandy potholes. Schools of sheepshead are a good indicator of where water will move into a flat.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.