What's hot: A combination of fog and morning low tides last week created a perfect scenario for tailing redfish on the flats. Targeting the no-motor zones, we encountered small packs of redfish as they worked onto the flat with the incoming tide. Exiting the boat allowed us to quietly stalk the redfish and make long casts, using select shrimp.
Tip: Use the smallest peg style float you can find as a strike indicator pegged a foot or so above your shrimp; this lets you cast well beyond the fish and draw it back.
Sea trout: Spoil islands in the northern part of the county still hold good concentrations of trout. Target peak tidal movement for best action. Soft-plastic jigs in natural shrimp colors work well as does a free-lined select shrimp. Or try setting out a pinfish trap over shell bottom. Baited with frozen sardines on a full tide either incoming or outgoing, your trap should load up with small pinfish and grunts.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]