What's hot: Snook catches have been on the rise thanks to the closure after the freeze a couple of years ago. Trips recently have seen numbers into the double digits, but I usually cut it off after about 10 and move on to redfish and trout. No reason to wear these fish out. They are on the rebound and need the closed seasons to replenish the stocks.
What else: Redfish schools are showing up in and around all the usual haunts. Incoming water in potholes near oyster beds and mangrove shorelines are great places to look. The lack of mullet has not been a deterrent. Just fish like you know they are there. Trout are gorging on scaled sardines. Again, incoming water is the best bet. Deep underwater points and the fringes of the mullet schools have been producing nice-sized trout.
Finally: Tarpon have been spotted as well. Recently while fishing for redfish, we put a 60-pound tarpon in the air. One ate a piece of cut pinfish soaking on the bottom in 2 feet. The water is warming quickly, so expect Spanish mackerel to invade the bay. Cobia and kings are near the shore as well.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.