What's hot: Inshore fishing was rebounding after last week's cold front. Trout have been feeding aggressively on the incoming tide for several days. Redfish numbers are on the rise. And scaled sardines have been available in decent numbers in northern waters, and the fish, especially trout, are looking to fatten up on them. This week's double dose of cold fronts probably will set us back a bit.
Technique: Full-moon high tides are getting high enough to draw redfish up along the mangroves, where they can forage along oyster clumps for small crabs. Prospecting a shoreline with shrimp pegged under a small cork is efficient when the fish get in this pattern. Casting on top of every mound you come across will bring a few hookups.
Tips: Just before this front came through, sea trout action on many of the spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway was outstanding. Targeting the first half of the incoming tide when the right island was found, the action on trout ranging in size from 17 to 24 inches was nonstop. Live pilchards have been hard to come by but are the key to getting these big trout into a frenzy.
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.