What's hot: Between the passing fronts, fishing over deep grass flats inside the passes has produced hot action. Armed with just a quarter-ounce jig, my clients have been taking spotted seatrout, silver trout, bluefish, ladyfish and an occasional pompano.
Tips: On the flood tide, we have been moving to shallow patches of grass and working topwater and float plugs to get upper- and over-slot spotted seatrout. Also in these areas, oversized reds are being spotted, particularly when they are accompanying mullet schools. The reds have been difficult to approach, and the sound of artificial lures hitting the water is often all that is needed to spook them out of casting range. Work around this by soaking cut bait around the boat and let the reds come to you.
Tactics: After this approaching cold front, I am expecting to run into tighter schools of pompano. Pompano are nearly always wired up and moving, and love to skip in the wake of a running boat. Keep an eye out behind you.
Robert McCue can be reached toll-free at 1-800-833-0489 and GiantTarpon.com.