What's hot: Full moon low tides this week will have many grass flats bone dry for much of the morning, concentrating redfish and trout along the exposed edges where lush grass meets deeper sand/grass-mixed bottom. These grasses offer excellent ambush points for the reds and trout as they wait for food to be swept by with the current.
Tactics: A warming trend will help get fish more active than this past week. Try using noisy topwater plugs at low light to entice a big gator trout into biting. Once the sun comes up a bit, it will be easier to spot the sand holes where the fish might be staged. Cast dark soft-baits such as 4-inch Slammer tails or Fathom shad tails into the sand and work them out to the edge.
Also try: Sheepshead fishing has been good along bridge fenders and pilings, as well as deep residential docks near the passes. Shrimp, fiddler crabs and barnacles will all work well. Scraping the barnacles off the pilings will help in getting the fish to feed, especially on cold days.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail at [email protected]