What's hot: With changing weather, wind has been key in determining where to fish. When a cold front approaches, the strong south wind and low pressure stimulates fish to feed well. The south wind will also bring in extra water on high tides and flood into St. Joseph Sound. Many oyster bars will have deep water cover, letting redfish find bait and crabs among the shells. By using the wind to aid long casts, many anglers this week had larger reds crashing free-lined sardines. Big schools should work the shallows inside the passes around the upcoming full moon on the 26th.
Tips: As speckled trout get into full swing in the sound, stronger currents along the dropoffs of islands and flats are holding big females. Increased winds will push bait against the islands. Good catches are occurring at daybreak. Sightfishing to 5-pound trout is reaching a peak as the fish will lay up in skinny water. Boat positioning is key to presenting bait or lures.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.