What's hot: The trout action from Clearwater to Hudson is hopping thanks to the warmer weather. There has been plenty of action on the shallow flats around Three Rooker Bar, Anclote Key and the North Sand Bar. The trout have been in the deep holes on the major low tides and moving up on the shallow flats with incoming tides. There also has been plenty of action in the mouths of creeks, rivers and deep-water canals. Both the Anclote and Cotee rivers have been producing gator trout of up to 28 inches.
Best baits: There has been plenty of action on many types of baits, including jigs of one-eighth ounces with plastic grub tails; hard, plastic swim baits; topwater plugs; and my favorite, soft, plastic jerk baits rigged weedless. There also has been action on live, large, select shrimp and small pinfish. These fish can be easily spooked in clear, shallow water so be sure to use a stealth approach to them such as poling or a trolling motor.
Landlocked: This is a great time to fish along the seawalls around Hudson Beach and along the Cotee River. The Sand Bay flat is productive for those who like wade fishing.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.