Redfishing has been hot over the last few weeks. They're in flats with larger striped mullet that they can school with, hiding among the mullet as dolphin invade the flats looking for easy meals. On high tides, look for mangrove shorelines where mullet are jumping near the limbs or schooling along the branches and overhangs. Cutbaits cast into the shadows of the bushes will attract a bite. Fish each section for about 15 minutes while chumming with cut pieces of bait. If there is no action, move farther down the line. Redfish often pick a different oyster bar or mangrove cutout to occupy from day to day depending on conditions. Trout are starting to gather along the grass flats inside the passes. Dropoffs around the edges of flats are a holding several trout in all size ranges on lower tides. Small pinfish or sardines under a cork are getting hammered. Freeline baits in deeper potholes scattered throughout the flats to catch bigger female trout. Snook are under pressure in north Pinellas. Make long casts to beach troughs and cuts with current, staying a good distance from these cautious fish. The turn of the tide has been the best time to target snook. The early morning bite has been the most productive for the linesiders.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.