What's hot: A string of great weather has made it comfortable for anglers to get out on the water for some fishing and has trout and redfish much more active than in weeks past.
Game plan: Targeting secondary flats along exposed grass flat edges first thing in the morning has provided excellent action for big trout as well as the occasional medium-sized redfish. Fan cast dark-colored, weedless rigged jerk baits in amongst pods of mullet; this will allow you to cover water more quickly than if you were fishing with live shrimp. Once the tide has risen, follow the mullet toward the mangroves; with a live select shrimp dangling in the water at your side, slowly creep along the shallow grass. Use the trolling motor on low speed or a push pole with the sun at your back and be poised and ready for a quick shot at a cruising redfish.
Recent calm, sunny conditions have provided excellent sight-casting scenarios. Midday high tides are finally big enough to allow for redfish to push all the way to oyster-laden points along mangrove shorelines. Stay well away from oyster bars and cast live shrimp suspended under a weighted float right on top of the bar.
What's ahead: Mullet are moving back onto the flats in good numbers, and more redfish will join them in the coming weeks.
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.