What's hot: Fishing the past few days was pretty good, the best bite inshore being trout near passes. An outgoing tide has been stellar for girls 20 inches and longer. They've been sitting on the edges of grass flats in 5-6 feet. The grass has contours with depressions and underwater points, making them perfect ambush points. Lighted docks near passes have gator trout.
Bait: Live, scaled sardines were best. Small pinfish were a distant second, and shrimp attracted only pinfish. There is plenty of bait on the edges of flats and at bridges.
Pro tip: Pay attention to what's working. When the bite is on, watch the water, structure, time of the tide and wind. This will help you pattern the fish; not just trout, but any inshore fish.
Interesting catches: Small, dead shrimp were the ticket for two anglers fishing a dock. They were hammering redfish one after another. We caught one red and two flounder using cut sardines.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]