What's hot: Last week's warm-up gave us a preview of what's to come. Bait became more active, which brought out the redfish and trout. This weekend should provide a good opportunity to cash in on good spring inshore fishing. Whether you are targeting mangrove shorelines on the high tide or prospecting mullet schools on the lower tides, there's plenty of redfish working the shallow flats of the northern county. Top-water plugs cast in and around mullet schools will help locate schools of red. High tides are still producing good reds along the mangroves, specifically around small oyster mounds. Live shrimp under a small float works great in this situation.
Tips: Plenty of big trout can be found on flats drop-offs and spoil islands. They can't refuse a free-lined live pilchard along the edges. These big fish also will pounce on a top-water plug first thing in the morning. Scaled sardines are becoming a bit easier to come by with the warmer temperatures and can be chummed up most mornings around channel edges and bridge pilings.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at email@example.com.