What's hot: Fishing is cyclical, so for consistent success, it's crucial for anglers to target the appropriate species during the appropriate time of year. That's just what Jeff Noyes, his father, Fred Noyes, and friend, Ken Merton, experienced recently on a charter.
Their plan was to take home dinner, so they targeted species with generous bag limits this time of year — sheepshead (15 per person per day) and speckled trout (four per person in South Region).
Armed with live shrimp, fiddler crabs and frozen shrimp for chum, we headed for sheepshead in the morning. That would give the flats water time to warm before we went for the trout.
At our sheepshead spot, we sprinkled diced frozen shrimp around the boat to put a little scent out. It wasn't long before the trio took turns landing keeper-sized sheepshead (12-inch minimum). Moving to the edge of the flats, the three caught plenty of trout by drifting live shrimp under a float.
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 510-4376.