What's hot: Oyster bar redfish and spoil island trout are great options this week. A full moon and near 70 degree water temperatures will have the redfish rooting for small crabs around the oyster bars at high tide and speckled trout staging up for a spawn on the afternoon outgoing tide. Mid-morning leave times have worked well and though white bait are around bridges at night, live select shrimp have been working well and are good for this relaxed approach.
Redfish tips: Let the tide come up to where the water is almost touching the mangrove branches that hang over the oyster bars. This allows fish to establish a feeding mode. Cork a live shrimp and move along the shoreline concentrating on the points but not overlooking small clumps between them.
Trout tips: Spawning trout look for hard sand mixed with shell, the preferred habitat. Spoil islands and pass shoals often have this bottom. Free-line or cork a select shrimp along the deep side of the drop-offs to find out if the fish are there. Release all the big fish without handling them to ensure a good spawn.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]