Early spring fishing: The warm weather has made for great fishing for redfish, snook and trout.
Snook: They have moved from their winter homes looking for an easy meal. Most action has been on large, live white bait around the mouths of creeks, rivers and deep water canals.
Redfish: Large schools are moving in on the shallow flats north of the Cotee River. Look for oyster bars with good tidal movement on the incoming tides. The best baits have been jumbo live shrimp, cut pinfish and white bait.
Trout: There is plenty of giant gator trout on the flats. Most action has been on the low incoming tides on most shallow flats on the east sides of the barrier islands from Clearwater to Anclote Key. Some catches have been up to 28 inches, but most are 18-24. Most of the action has been on soft, plastic jerk baits rigged Texas style in less than a foot of water. Use a stealth approach. I prefer a push pole or trolling motor.
In addition: Several cobia have been roaming the flats around the Anclote Power Plant following stingrays looking for an easy meal. The best bait has been a large white bait or pinfish.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.