What's hot: Deep grass flats adjacent to spoil islands throughout the Intracoastal Waterway attract a variety of predatory feeders. On any given cast, trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and pompano can be caught when properly free-lining a bait with the tide. Windy conditions can dirty exposed areas, so cleaner water has better fishing.
The right bait: Live shrimp paid off huge last week, producing good catch-and-release fishing for trout. We had respectable numbers of pompano last week and probably would not have known they were there if we hadn't been fishing with shrimp.
What else? Low-tide days are becoming more common; add a little cloud cover, and you have ideal conditions for tailing redfish. The best approach is from an uptide and upwind position, as this allows you to use the wind to make long casts with a tail-less free-lined shrimp and it allows the scent to make its way to the fish.
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.