Cold front schedule: If the past two weeks are any indication, fishing might be a little tough for those heading out on the weekends. With cold fronts coming through late week, brisk north winds will prevail for a couple of days until high pressure settles in and we start to see east winds again.
Sight-fishing opportunities: Morning mid-level high tides this week will have redfish, gator trout and sheepshead cruising the flats searching for crustaceans and bait fish before this next front comes through.
Tactic: Drifting, poling or running the trolling motor on low will allow you to get close enough. A live select shrimp tail hooked is the bait of choice; however a weed-less rigged soft plastic jerk bait in watermelon/red flake works quite well.
Tip: Pay special attention to prop scars; these slightly deeper trenches often serve as ambush points for all three species.
What else: Light east winds have allowed for short offshore runs for white grunts, sea bass and porgies. Depths of 25 to 30 feet have been most productive for grunts and porgies; shallower ledges have been best for sea bass. Squid will work for all three, but sardine or small white bait works best for sea bass.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or [email protected]