What's hot: Strong incoming tides associated with the full moon have helped keep fish biting for extended periods. But that will diminish as we get further away from the full moon and the tides slow.
Working the tide: Whitebait is great any day but is especially important for trout and mackerel. Live chumming over deep grass flats just inside the passes at first light had them in a frenzy the past couple of days. Free-line baits on a long shank hook with a 30- or 40-pound fluorocarbon leader.
Redfish and full moons: Once the water has risen and the trout and mackerel bite slow, switch to redfish. Working big flats east and west of the Intracoastal Waterway on the mid part of the incoming tide has produced solid action. Find the mullet, and the reds shouldn't be far away. Cutbait, live bait and artificials such as gold spoons and top-water plugs will work.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email email@example.com.