Redfish and speckled trout continue to be the top inshore species. I have been starting a little later in the morning to locate the school before I spook it. The angle of the sun in the morning is so low, it is difficult to locate the school. I take extreme caution in approaching the area. Low tides with clear water have redfish very wary. Once they are spooked, they rarely take any bait. If I do not see any fish, or I spook them, I move on in search of the next school. When the tide level floods enough to fill the flats, I move into areas where I found schools in the past. Redfish this spring have been very wary. Speckled trout have been the go-to species, providing the most consistent spring action. Shallow grass flats with schools of mullet have been holding big numbers of gator trout. Locate fish using a quarter-ounce jig rigged with a soft plastic tail. Use super glue to keep the tail on the jig and to get a few more uses out of the tail. Hooked trout come to the surface and shake their heads violently trying to throw the jig. Once you locate fish, anchor up and throw live bait. There have been no signs of red tide in the Pinellas Point area; it seems to be staying along the West Coast beaches.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.