What's hot: With the abundance of whitebait available, many larger inshore fish are being caught throughout St. Joseph Sound. Some impressive catches of trout have been recorded this past week. Dusty Rhodes over the weekend landed a 27-inch trout while freelining a sardine over shallow grassflats. At this week's YMCA tournament, four trout were caught between 26 and 28 inches. The number of trout on the spoil islands has also increased.
The redfish bite has been best on incoming tides, which allow the fish to move into the mangroves and feed heavily on cutbaits and greenbacks pinned down with jigheads. Use 30-pound leader to pull these big bruisers out of the woods. During lower tide levels, work the mullet schools with a huddlespoon in either copper or gold to cover more ground. The redfish are basically looking for bait flushed up by these jumping fish. Note where the darkest mud is among the mullet school, and this will show the location of the reds.
Snook have started to show up around the rivers and inside main passes. Most are on the small side.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 439-9017.