What's hot: Trout action is picking up. However, don't forget about redfish, which appear to be back on track after being almost nonexistent for three weeks. Also, mullet are schooled up on the flats, and the reds are mixed in with them.
Tactics: High winds and low water have made it tough to quietly stalk fish and set up on them without spooking them. Usually the fish will be staging over the outside edges of the flats, where the bottom consists mainly of sand or mud with sparse grass. The redfish will give their presence away by leaving a puff of mud where they were sitting before being spooked. After spotting a puff, Power-Pole down and put out a spread of rods. Fresh-cut pinfish or mullet are the baits of choice.
Tips: Shallow water will often have you placing baits in less than a foot of water, making them easy targets for birds. Try adding a half-ounce egg sinker to your rig. This will pin your bait to the bottom, out of sight from the birds.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail [email protected]