What's hot: With hopefully the last sea trout closure drawing to an end, many anglers are looking forward to this fishery. Schools of medium trout from 12 to 17 inches can be targeted by drift-fishing with soft plastic jigs, or anchoring and freelining live shrimp along deeper grass flats just inside passes. What these fish lack in size they often make up for in numbers, making them perfect for youngsters. Be sure to bring enough shrimp.
Tips: A few larger trout are showing up in deeper holes around the spoil islands north of the Dunedin Causeway. These islands often get crowded so arrive early. Redfish are available at many no-motor zone flats surrounding barrier islands in the north of our region. Low-tide fishing has been best with most fish on the outer edge of the flat and working in on the rising tide. Often shallow water lends itself better to wading than boating. Cast select shrimp beyond the tailing fish and drag the shrimp back toward the fish, then drop it and wait for the fish to pick up the scent.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email firstname.lastname@example.org.