What's hot: Winter fishing is in full swing. You can catch redfish, trout, silver trout, ladyfish and, maybe, a snook or two. Winter makes for great action for kids and adults.
Tactics: Trout are all over grass flats in 2-6 feet. It's better to fish for them on the high tides on the grass flats and inside the creeks and channels on the low tides. Use live shrimp free-lined or under a cork or artificials such as paddle or curly tails in a natural color on a jig head from 1/32 ounces to quarter-ounces depending on the depth. A slow retrieval with an occasional twitch produces the most hits. Redfish are still pushing all around the flats in 1-2 feet. When the water drops out, reds move into deeper potholes. I like to target redfish along the grass edges, potholes or oyster bars using shrimp, artificials or fly. With the cold fronts moving through, snook are moving into their winter haunts, including creeks and rivers. I don't target them too much at this time of year because of the stress of the fight.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at [email protected]