What's hot: The latest front is likely to blow out bait, dirty near-shore waters and drop water temperature a few degrees. However, given a long stretch of warm weather, we're not far from spring migrations. Big tides following the full moon will have redfish and trout on the feed all week. Start on the morning low tide to target mullet schools that are pushed out to the edge of the flat as they wait for the tide to come in. Top-water plugs will draw attention even in cooler water; plenty of big trout have been hanging around the mullet schools along with the reds. Work onto the flat at the same pace as the mullet. When the top-water bite slows, switch to weedless jerk baits in pumpkin seed or green with red flake.
Tips: Collecting enough whitebait for a day's trout fishing has been tricky in the northern county. Cast-net along bridge shadow lines before sunrise. As tough as the bait might be to find, the fish are really responding well, making it worth the effort. Big trout are looking to fatten up on pilchards. Target flats that drop off quickly into a nearby channel or the many spoil islands that dot the northern region.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email firstname.lastname@example.org.