Full moon seatrout: Although redfish, black drum and sheepshead are all good targets, speckled trout remain No. 1. We've had consistent numbers of quality sized trout on nearly every outing, but the last full moon phase sticks out. As we approach next week's full moon look for these big aggregations of trout to move up shallow, especially on the late afternoon incoming tide, around most of the spoil islands throughout the ICW.
Tactics: Target the deep side of the islands. Typically there will be a distinguishable edge where the sparse grass bottom transitions to a much lighter sand /shell bottom, which is usually where the trout stage up.
Other trout: Silver trout remain abundant off area beaches and with an easterly wind this week, fishing for them should be good. If you don't already have a rough idea were they've been holding, plan on spending time either fan casting while probing the waters for a school, or driving around while looking at your bottom machine. These schools are typically found in 8-15 feet of water. Good places to start looking would be Indian Shores all the way south around John's Pass.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]