What's hot: Extremely low incoming tides this week provided some good trout fishing around many spoil islands in our northern region. Anchoring well off the islands because of the low tide, we free-lined select shrimp with the current and caught good numbers of trout in the 16- to 24-inch range. Soft plastic jigs are also a great option — red and gold as well as natural shrimp colors work great.
Nearshore: Though there haven't been many good days recently, the weather cooperated a couple of times in the past week. Fishing for hog fish, grunts and porgies in depths of 30-40 feet has been very good. Live shrimp on a 1½-ounce knocker rig will keep you busy.
What else: Before our latest cold front, afternoon outgoing tides were producing bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, trout and ladyfish. Target deep grass patches inside of the passes with live shrimp under a clacker float, long shank hooks and a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader to help prevent cutoffs.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at [email protected]