Inshore limestone bottom retains heat, so that's where to find snook, redfish and trout in their spring transition. Reds have been plentiful along the upper Suncoast. Spotted sea trout are on grass edges outside limestone outcroppings, cul-de-sacs and rocky points. A stealth approach to shallow-water trout is key. Spooked, they will not return the rest of the day. Live greenies are snook candy.
Pro logic: Persistence and patience are key in locating live bait, with scaled sardines being the difference between a good and phenomenal day. Watch for flips and flashes. A few extra throws of the cast net might find them deep in the water column. When a few are caught, continue chumming to concentrate the baits and fill the live well.
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