What's hot: A 10-degree drop in water temperature and shift in the tides changed the game plan this week. There's no sense in leaving the dock early. Targeting the afternoon incoming tide gave us a chance for quality redfish and trout that otherwise would have been out of the question.
Tackle: Warming temps and improving tides this weekend and early next week should give anglers a good chance for redfish. Working mullet schools with weedless jerk baits, gold spoons or cutbait on the low, incoming tides is working as redfish numbers seem to increase with each passing moon phase. Gator trout also are taking advantage of the warming shallows and have been a welcome bycatch.
Tips: Now that we're getting higher tides as we progress into spring, look for redfish to move way up to the mangrove shoreline. Small oyster clumps attract early season reds because they are full of crabs. Cast live shrimp under a float right on top of the oyster mound. Move quickly as time for this pattern is limited to the amount of water on the flat. Once a productive oyster mound is located, pull a few reds off before the others get spooked.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]