A warming trend has triggered fish in North Pinellas. As usual this time of year, the trout bite has been phenomenal on warmer days once they're located. Although tides have been weak, the bite has occurred best around the turn of the high tides. The higher outgoing waters pull the warm water from the shallow flats, prompting fish to eat well. Large live shrimp under a cork or free-lined in deeper waters have produced several trout. The overall size and amount of trout is less than years past, so persistence and patience is key. Long casts are vital to keeping a school in one place. Drifting quietly or using a trolling motor on low speeds will help. Redfish are showing up well in the usual spots: mangrove shorelines, oyster bars and potholes on the flats at low tide. Docks are also holding several fish in the lower-slot range. Cut baits, shrimp, and root beer-colored jigs are working well. Snook reopened in the gulf. Although a few have been caught along the north coast, they're still a little wary, not stimulated to eat as often in the cooler waters.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.