What's hot: The recent cold weather has fish on the hunt for warm water. Among the places they'll look are power plants, rivers, deepwater canals, deep holes, creeks and springs. The Anclote and Cotee rivers have several natural springs that can be productive during cold weather, and several freshwater springs along the coast produce 72-degree water year-round, making great places for fish to congregate.
Hot spots: Power plants are great places to look for fish during the winter. They pump water in to cool the plant and pump it back into the gulf, so fish gather to keep warm and feed. In deepwater canals, the concrete seawalls hold the heat from the sun, warming the water next to the walls. Look for seawalls that have a lot of sun exposure during the day.
Bait picks: Use small jigs, jerkbaits, topwaters and live bait. The most popular live bait is shrimp.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.