What's hot: Before these downpours, fishing for schooling redfish, jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper had been red-hot at times. With so much bait around, finding potential feeding areas has been fairly obvious, flocks of dipping terns or high-diving pelicans working the edge of a grass flat could lead you to your only stop of the day.
Tips: Full-moon tides this past week provided good redfish action before the rains. This is when we encounter schools of redfish with good regularity, most likely moving in from the gulf and staging up on grass flats near the passes. Look for clean water and the presence of mullet. But also watch for any mud clouds along the outer edge of the flat; this indicates the presence of a school.
What else: Mangrove snapper have been schooled up around nearshore structure. Jetties and reefs in as shallow as 15 feet of water are holding keeper mangrove snapper up to 14 inches. Create a down-tide chum slick to bring the fish right behind the boat.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.