What's hot: Artificial lures are producing well in the cooler shallow waters. The steady drop in water temperatures has brought changes. Fish are becoming less aggressive, and most of the popular live baits are getting harder to obtain.
Best bet: The ever-popular jig is hard to beat this time of year. Jigs can be fished in waters less than a foot deep and can be just as effective in the deepest holes and channels. You must match your jig to the conditions and water depth. The large number of styles of jig bodies combined with different hook and weight configurations means there is no limit to the species you can attract. A bonus: Pompano, permit and silver trout are common catches when jig fishing. Though these fish are present most of the year, they are seldom caught by more traditional live bait presentations during warmer periods. Jigs, however, produce well on these species, and many times these fish will be mixed in with sea trout and redfish.
Tips: Stay on the move and cover as much water as possible. Experiment with as many styles of jigs as you can and vary the presentation until you start to produce action. This method normally doesn't take long to produce a productive pattern.
Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.