What's hot: Redfish and speckled trout continue to be the top inshore species. Winter low tides have redfish holding on the edges of flats, waiting for the tide to flood. I have found three to four schools in the Pinellas Point area that I can target daily. I have been starting a little later in the morning so I can find the schools before I spook them. I take extreme caution in approaching an area. Low tides with clear water have redfish wary. Once they are spooked, it's hard to get them to take bait. If I do not see any fish, or I spook them, I move to the next area. When the tide level floods enough to fill the flats, I move into the usual areas on the flats to find schools.
Go-to fish: Speckled trout have provided the most consistent action this winter. Deep grass flats in 4 to 5 feet have been holding big numbers. Find fish using a quarter-ounce jig rigged with a soft plastic tail. Use Super Glue to keep the tail on; this will give you a few more uses out of it. Hooked trout surface shaking their head violently, trying to throw the jig.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.