What's hot: Spanish mackerel have moved to nearshore waters in big numbers. Pods of glass minnows are luring in mackerel, blue runners and ladyfish. Calm weather has allowed for nearshore waters to clean up, attracting both bait and predators.
Tactics: The predominant food source now is glass minnows, making small artificial lures the top bait choice. Trolling small squid spoons behind a 3-ounce trolling sinker a few hundred yards off the beach should result in mackerel strikes.
From shore: The pier in Redington Shores, Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach and the Sunshine Skyway bridge piers have all been hot spots for mackerel this week, with anglers casting spoons, Gotcha plugs and large Sabiki rigs. The best action has been around sunrise and sunset.
Tip: Size 14 Sabiki rigs make great glass-minnow imitations, most come in a pack with six to eight flies. Cut the rigs into thirds for a cheap and effective glass-minnow presentation.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.