Change in air: The cold forces inshore anglers to adapt their strategies. Some ideas to try:
Low tide tail-stalking: Winter winds from the northwest push coastal waters south, the same direction as an outgoing tide. This causes lower-than-normal tides, which benefit sight fishermen. One of their primary targets is redfish, which often expose their tails while rooting on the bottom for food at the beginning of the low incoming tide. The best spots usually have less than a foot of water above the grass.
Dock fishing: Escape the wind and rough water by casting live shrimp under canal docks. This can produce a mix of sheepshead, redfish, black drum, flounder and gag grouper. Let the bait sit on the bottom, as these fish typically find the shrimp via scent. Repetitive casts to the same spot, however, can scare fish away.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 944-3474 or e-mail email@example.com.