With a cycle of cold fronts rolling through the area, offshore fishing has been very difficult. Inshore action is a bit slow, but the conditions are manageable more often. One of the bright spots in northern Pinellas is the Anclote Power Plant outfall canal. Tall banks provide shelter from the wind, and the air is often noticeably warmer due to high water temperature. The colder it gets on the grass flats nearby, the more the fish crowd into the artificially warmed water. Feeding patterns inside the canal can be quite random. There might be a dozen boats fruitlessly jigging for pompano for hours. Then the bite turns on and half the fleet will be hooked up simultaneously. A short time later the pompano stop hitting and the speckled trout will start. Next it might be jacks or bluefish. Experienced locals carry a rod or two rigged for every action they are likely to encounter.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at (727) 944-3474.