What's hot: Light winds the past few days have made safe bets of running offshore a few miles for light-tackle action for hard-fighting hogfish and other bottom dwellers.
Tactics: Target ledges in 30-50 feet with fresh shrimp. Using medium-action rods spooled with 15-pound braid, 25-pound fluorocarbon leader and a half-ounce pink jig head, thread the shrimp onto the hook tail. Bring plenty of shrimp. Hogfish get progressively chummed as more shrimp are dropped.
What else: Early morning low tides have redfish pushed to the edge of the flat, where they root on the bottom for crabs. Unless you have a microskiff, exit the boat and quietly stalk them. No-motor-zone flats are among the locales. Many spoil islands and grass flats along the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway in north Pinellas are holding good numbers of less-pressured redfish.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email firstname.lastname@example.org.