What's hot: Large pompano have invaded the flats in 3-4 feet in lower Tampa Bay. You will know where to fish when they skip across the surface. Move upwind of that area and drift back through. Most pompano are striking a 3-inch soft-body jig. The best colors have been strawberry and hot pink. Use a repeated jigging action. After lifting the jig, make sure you can feel the jig as it drops back to the bottom. Most strikes come during the drop. If you don't feel the strike, you'll miss the chance at setting the hook. If there is a bridge nearby, try drifting down current of it while jigging a pompano jig along the bottom. Most pompano jigs are small feather jigs or hooks wrapped with a painted weight. White and yellow are the hot colors.
Tips: Trout can be found over areas with a mixture of grass and sand in 3-4 feet. Larger ones are in 2 feet or shallower. A live sardine or small pinfish under a cork will fool them. Trout bigger than 20 inches are female and full of roe, and they should be released. But areas with those almost always will have lots of smaller trout.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.