The next few days are going to be windy, mostly from the east and northeast. Often the beaches facing west will have calmer waters, and they are currently holding bait within a few feet of shore, easily caught from the boat if the conditions are calm enough. Look for the silver-sided sardines to skip along the top of the water, showing the location of the schools, especially at dawn. Fishing has been strong around the beaches. Troughs and swash channels have held several snook, a few redfish and trout. But as the winds increase, the eastern main shoreline in north Pinellas may be the best bet for calmer waters on the flats. Redfish have been grouping up on the higher tides, foraging on the open flats close to sawgrass and oyster bars. Sandy and shelly bottoms are particularly attractive to redfish. Cut baits under docks are a great way to stay protected from the winds and score bites from reds. Snook are staging around creek mouths in small numbers. As the winds die down, nearshore fishing should crank up.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.