What's hot: With cooler temperatures moving in, the speckled trout bite has increased dramatically over the past two weeks. The majority have been 18-22 inches with some bigger than 24 inches. From the looks of what has been caught lately, the redfish population in north Pinellas will have plenty of keepers in the spring. There are stacks of smaller reds on every oyster bar and spoil island on higher tides.
Tackle: Select-sized shrimp will net larger redfish. With the water being so clear, the increased size allows the extra long cast when tail-hooked and helps with tentative fish. Long, eel-style soft plastics, in turtlegrass green and motor oil have produced when rigged with a jig head of one-eighth ounces. The trout have jumped all over this combination while drifting grass flats. Another great search tool at this time of year is a silver spoon with a white bucktail trailer that covers all levels of the water column.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at email@example.com.