Tactics: This is a great time to target fish that hang under and around docks. The best way to determine which docks are holding fish is to skip soft-plastic jigs underneath. Use a lure that has the weight inside the body; a lure that has a jig head in the front won't skip. If you're on a boat, use a motion similar to swinging a golf club. Cast the lure low to the water and have it first skip about halfway to the dock. This takes practice, but once you get the feel of it, you'll be able to skip a jig farther under the dock. The farther back the jig goes under the dock, the more time there will be for fish to see the lure.
What's next: After the cast, let the jig drop to the bottom. Retrieve the lure with a slow lift of the rod tip. Then lower the tip and let the jig drop back to the bottom. Make at least five casts if there is not a strike before moving to the next dock.
Shrimp too: Once you locate a dock with redfish, snook or trout, you can switch to live shrimp. Free-line the shrimp tail-hooked or use a small split shot to keep the shrimp from swimming around the pilings.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.