What's hot: The influx of baitfish has inspired heavy feeding among a variety of species along the North Pinellas shore. Outstanding rod-bending action has been found inshore and just off the beach.
Shallow water: Tons of bait have been on the inside. This has the fish excited. Snook action has been best early in the morning and toward the end of the day. Late afternoon, when the sun is lower and most of the boat traffic dies down, has been particularly good. Redfish action has also been very good, with double-digit days becoming more common for those using live bait at high tide. Speckled trout have become much more active since the water has cooled and are a possible catch just about anywhere between the barrier islands and the coast.
Off the beaches: For the next month or so expect to see schools of frenzied Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish and bonito within a mile of the beach. Tossing a spoon or jig into the frothing frenzies is as close to a sure thing as you'll find in fishing.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 944-3474.