What's hot: With the weather warming, many inshore species are staging up in the shallows to forage on bait that has invaded the gulf passes. The redfish bite has steadily improved over the past couple of weeks as larger fish move along the main shore with the big schools of mullet.
Technique: Sightcasting has been at a premium with cleaner water south of Dunedin Causeway. Focus on large potholes with good depth on lower tides. They can be targeted with artificials such as bucktails and spoons. Work the oyster bars and mangrove shorelines with high water to find snook and redfish. Whitebait suspended with a cork keeps offerings tight to the structure and allows anglers to see where the bait is. Shallow-drafting boats and kayaks can find redfish tailing on good incoming tides. Long casts and stealth are key. Tail-hooked shrimp have been the most productive.
Tips: The backcountry bite is producing good numbers. Smaller snook, jacks, trout and mangrove snapper will keep rods bent. Sardines will trigger a feeding frenzy when chummed. Working around docks will produce larger game fish.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at email@example.com.