What's hot: During new and full moons, the incoming tide moves swiftly, causing redfish, snook and trout to push onto shallow grass flats to feed on crabs and pinfish.
Tactics: Often in the early morning both reds and snook hunt so shallow that parts of their bodies are visible above the surface as "skinny" water is used to trap baits. Weedless jerkbaits and shrimp work best in this scenario as the less splashy presentation does not spook these wary fish. Along the shoreline, big redfish use mangroves for cover. Cut bait and free-lined pinfish will capture reds in the shaded regions. The most important part of fishing the mangroves is placing the bait well into the cover where fish are holding.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.