What's hot: Strong east winds the past few days have created a low tide situation for most of the day. Targeting the edges of the flats and casting out to deeper water has produced good catches of redfish, trout and Spanish mackerel.
What to look for: These outside edges have points, bends and cut-ins in which fish congregate. Find clean water, current flow and activity, i.e. mullet or raining bait and dipping turns.
Tactics: Fan cast these spots with a topwater plug first thing to see if predators are in the area. It's hard to beat a live well full of pilchards. There is so much bait, the fish are packing on protein for upcoming leaner times.
What's ahead: A major cooling of water temperature means more bait and predators will be here soon. Soon, thousands of baited stone crab traps will be dropped all along our beaches, creating a massive chum slick. Target kingfish, tarpon and bull redfish.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.