Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Outdoors

Captains corner: Watch flats for mullet activity for best shots at redfish

What's hot: Mild overnight temperatures will keep the mullet and redfish active on the flats. High early tides can be hit or miss for the next couple of months. If the air temperature gets into the low 50s or colder, the shallow flats that attract redfish and mullet on the high tides will be inactive in the morning.

Tactics: If the mullet are active, it's easy to find the greatest concentrations. Working these long strings of mullet with long-cast lures, such as weedless soft plastics, gold spoons or topwater walking baits, has been the best pattern. Running the trolling motor in water shallower than 2 feet will spook the fish even from a distance, so drift-fish when conditions are right or wade. If the fish are spread out or in small schools, covering lots of water will increase your bites. Bonus catches of gator trout (20 inches and longer) while working this pattern are becoming everyday occurrences.

Trout report: Northern Pinellas spoil islands are popular this time of year. Schools of slot-sized and larger trout can be found on many of them. Bouncing soft-plastic jigs along the shell bottom will locate fish more efficiently than natural baits. All of the spoil islands, including those south of the Dunedin Causeway, will hold some trout.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]

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