What's hot: Trout fishing has been productive. Cold fronts and cold water are making conditions difficult for targeting snook and reds. Redfish are unaffected by colder water, but conditions make them hard to target. Strong winds from cold fronts make it difficult to push-pole in shallow water. The waves cause water to slap the hull, making a lot of noise that spooks reds.
Cold fronts: Higher winds from fronts passing through help make ideal trout fishing conditions. I use a bottom machine to locate grass flats in 3-5 feet of water, then motor to the edge of the grass flat upwind and deploy a sea anchor. The anchor will slow the drift and allow for more effective coverage of the area. The Fort De Soto area has a lot of sandbars, so I target the edges of these areas. The Dunedin area has a lot of spoil islands, so I bounce from island to island looking for fish.
Tackle: Light tackle can make trout fishing more enjoyable. My favorite lure: a 10-braided line (2-pound diameter) with 20-pound camouflage leader and quarter-ounce red jig head with a soft plastic bait. There are many plastic tails out there, so it is a matter of preference. Root beer and white are my favorite colors.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.