What's biting: Few local species thrive in cold, dirty water conditions. One exception is the silver trout. Every winter, swarms of these unspotted trout gather off the beaches of Indian Rocks and Redington.
Where to look: Silver trout typically mass in depths of 14 to 20 feet, within a half mile of shore, most often near patchy hard bottom. They bite best when the water is turbid with low visibility.
Tips: Drift while casting a soft-plastic 3/8-ounce jig head, with either a scented body or a piece of shrimp. Allow the lure to hit bottom, then jig it up a few times and allow it to fall all the way down again. The fish almost always strike on the fall.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at (727) 944-3474.