What's hot: The first half of March has been phenomenal for inshore fishing. The bite has been better in the afternoon, when the water and air are a bit warmer, and on the incoming tide. Fish the flats outside the passes and creek mouths until you have enough water to move in. Shrimp have produced a good bite on trout, small redfish and sheepshead. Scaled sardines, which are all over the Sunshine Skyway pier, have produced bigger fish.
What else: Snook are blowing up on the scaled sardines we spray with our chum bat. There have been multiple catches of 15-pounders. Redfish are holding tight under the mangrove trees as the tide rises. If you can't get your bait under the branches, try throwing some chummers. This will pull them into the open water. To top it off, the trout bite has been the best. Trout seem to be most happy in 3-4 feet.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.