What's hot: Peaking is great action for redfish and trophy-sized speckled trout on artificial lures. The drop of water temperature to a moderate level has both zealously feeding all over.
Lures: Utilize an assortment with varying weights. On the lowest tides, a one-eighth-ounce jig is good for fishing deeper water surrounded by dry areas. As the water rises and the fish move up to shallow areas, use a one-sixteenth-ounce jig head. A mullet or shad-type paddle tail is a good option. If the redfish are in thick sea grass, switch to a weedless jig head and a jerkbait-style soft plastic tail.
Techniques and tips: Seek reds and speckled trout where deeper water is on the flat at the lowest tide. As the tide rises, make casts to the sand patches close to the shoreline. When the tide peaks, move up to mangrove shorelines. The largest speckled trout will be caught in the same location as the redfish, most notably in sandy patches on otherwise shallow grassy bottoms or around the edges of oyster bars. Avoid unnecessary noise and movement, then make long casts to where the fish are. Speckled trout are closed to harvest south of Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.