Cooler days and blue skies have changed things a bit for fishing in north Pinellas. Snook are feeling the effects of colder nights and seeking the warmer backcountry waters to stage for the winter. They will eat less frequently and usually in the afternoon when the water has warmed. Many anglers will find good success with snook while night fishing under dock and bridge lights where fish ambush baits. Snook tend to eat better at night, yet several other species can be caught at night, too. Trout are often ambushing baits in the lights along with redfish, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel. Live shrimp or sardines free-lined into the lights and even soft plastic jerkbaits will get struck. For daytime action, the larger trout are still moving into St. Joseph Sound around the spoil islands. They seem to prefer a specific height of the tide before eating. Several docks and oyster beds lining the seawalls are holding redfish. The waters have become gin clear in most areas so patience, stealth and light tackle are a must. Sheepshead are great to target through winter.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.