Despite patches of rough weather over the past several days, inshore fishing remains good. The good action is due largely to the amount of bait in the area combined with still strong tides from last week's super moon. As we get closer to the weekend, look for the early morning low tide to present some good opportunities. Though we won't see the dramatic negative tide scenario of a week ago coming off the super moon, the water should be low and the fish on the outer edges of the flats. On these edges, they'll take advantage of the masses of baitfish that have also been pulled out to deeper water. Concentrate on key locations, corners, bends and small troughs that cut into the flat; all offer the fish holding structure that mullet, redfish, snook and trout use during this particular tidal phase. Capturing bait for the day can be as easy as you make it. Hordes of medium-sized threadfins are along bridge shadow lines at night as well as the uptide edge of just about any grass flat near the passes. The fickle threadfins won't last nearly as long as the much hardier scaled sardine, but if you don't overcrowd your live well you can get a few hours out of them and time is of the essence when you're trying to capitalize on a specific tidal phase.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at flatsmonster.com.