What's hot: Actually, what's not. The trout bite has been on fire. The fish are holding on the deeper grass flats after the fronts pass, sometimes as deep as 6 feet. They have been feeding on sardines, shrimp and brightly colored jigs. One method is to use a popping cork with a live bait, shrimp or sardine, popping the cork where it sounds like a topwater strike. This attracts predators in the area and several species can be caught using this method.
Redfish , the juvenile ones, are in every river and creek around the bay. They love shrimp on a jig head. The big ones are still roaming the flats and oyster bars with deep water close by.
Mackerel are making their final push before heading south for the winter, mixed with ladyfish and trout. Some have been in the 6-8 pound range and are a worthy adversary on light tackle.
Snook are in the creeks and rivers, looking to fatten up before their metabolism slows for the winter. Chum heavy for good action between the fronts.
Flounder are in the big sand holes, near where trout are stalking prey. Use a small split shot to hold the bait near the bottom and keep it in the strike zone longer.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]