Bait up first: The flats are loaded with pinfish and whitebait. The pinfish are the right size for redfish, and the whitebait are a mixed bag, anything from fry-sized to tarpon-sized. The small to medium baits tend to work best. Do not overload the well, the water is hot.
What's hot: Early morning or late-evening hours on high water have produced a consistent redfish bite this week. Cut bait (pinfish, whitebait, ladyfish) has been the top producer. Fishing the mullet schools provides solid action, so it's a waiting game, but the reward is awesome. The tighter the mullet school, the better the odds there are redfish present.
Nighttime: Some days I have a morning trip for reds and a night trip for snook. The bite has been good to excellent with lots of trout and redfish in the mix. Try whitebait, pinfish and, if the trout are thick, shrimp.
Pro tip: The underwater green lights tend to hold trout in great numbers, and if you're looking for snook, find one of the old-style lights near good moving water.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]ters.com.