What's early: It looks like spring is starting a little early this year. All of our inshore species are moving to areas they usually don't show up in until March. The afternoon incoming tide is providing the best bite right now. A lot of bait has returned because the water temperature never dropped below 60 degrees. You will have to hunt a little harder for it. Look around the Skyway and channel markers. The bait will be deep, so you might have to mark it with a depth finder then chum it up. You also might want to use a heavier cast net to make sure it sinks fast enough.
What's hot: The trout bite in St. Joseph Sound is starting to heat up. The best bite has been at the end of the outgoing or incoming tides. A lot of these fish are in 4-6 feet of water on the sand/shell bottom. You also can catch them around the spoil islands. Bluefish and mackerel have moved back to the bay following the bait. While fishing the flats off Apollo Beach, I have come across nice pompano. The smaller blacktips are all over the place near TECO and provide great action on light tackle. The redfish bite is productive right now. I am finding them piled up in the deep holes on low tide. Double Branch is hot as is the popular Weedon Island.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.