Scouting: The best way to find fish is to scout. Snook, redfish, sheepshead and trout are continuously moving. Looking for fish without fishing is time well spent.
What to look for: Snook and reds can be found in potholes outside rivers and creeks, and sunning in the shallows of residential canals. Look for dark shadows on the edges of the holes. Sheepshead can be found around the pilings of bridges and docks. Target these spots during the end of a tide and through the start of the next one. Because of the recent drop in water temperatures, large schools should be moving toward the beach to spawn, so head south of the Gandy Bridge.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.