The full moon is only two days away, and the stronger tides that come with it should improve the fishing over the weekend. Look for some of the best action to occur during the strong incoming tide, as this produces a cooler water temperature on the flats.
What's hot: Redfish have started to show in numbers around oyster bars and areas with deeper potholes. Most of the schools have been small in numbers, but a lot of the fish have been mid to upper slot (slot limit is 18 to 27 inches). Snook are still around the beaches and area passes. These same areas are also producing pompano for those tossing small jigs tipped with pieces of shrimp. Early morning and late afternoon provide the best action.
Tips: Even with the water temperature so high, live bait has been working well, but a lot of the bait is small. A quarter-inch mesh net saves you the time spent picking out the smaller ones. The sardines have been small, so pinfish make a good backup. They also tend to move less and have been appealing to the redfish. The strikes have been subtle, so using circle hooks helps prevent deep-hooking fish that you intend to release. Just reel up the slack on a strike and your fish will be hooked in the corner of the mouth.
Troy P. Sapp of Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.