What's hot: After many days of heinous winds, Tampa Bay has settled down. Nice days at this time of year are infrequent and you should take advantage of them. Speckled trout are especially active now. The feeder creeks in upper Tampa Bay are loaded with trout and an occasional redfish. Live shrimp and soft, plastic jigs will trigger a positive response from winter trout. The trout seem to be abundant. That's great news because several years ago, red tide wiped out many fish, particularly spotted sea trout.
Tip: Always bring an extra jacket when boating. There always seems to be a passenger who insists it is not cold. Try whisking across a large section of 60-degree water at 30 mph and tell me it's not cold. It's also a good time to have equipment serviced or checked. From the look of things, we might have an early spring.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email [email protected] or visit snookfish.com.