What's hot: A warming trend has fish on the move and ready to eat. Many retreated to deeper winter holes during the brief cold snap we had a few weeks ago. They have moved back out but have not gone far. Look for trout, redfish and snook at the mouths of residential canals holding on docks with nearby grass flats or scattered mangroves.
Tactics: Live shrimp have been very productive. Baitfish are still available, but most inshore game fish have turned their attention to crustaceans for the winter. Soft plastic jigs imitating shrimp are also effective. Live offerings should be fished on the bottom close to docks or suspended under a float over grass.
Looking ahead: Expect more cold fronts. They will send fish farther back into the canals to warmer, deeper water. Keep presentations low and slow for artificial lures and live baits.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727)510-1009.