Take a chance. Are you a person who likes to experiment with different tackle and techniques? Well now is a good time to improve on them. Anybody can go out and catch redfish and trout on live bait. Why not take this time to try using artificial baits? There are plenty of redfish around so you are able to dial in what artificial baits work the best. You will want to try different baits and different tactics throughout the day. See what works best in the early morning, midday and at dusk. Also try fishing the high tides and the low tides.
Redfish red hot. The redfish on the south shore have been attacking top water lures first thing early morning. The walk-the-dog technique has worked best. Once the tide starts to move out, you will want to switch up to a soft plastic. There is just too much grass floating around on the outgoing tide to fish top water successfully. I have found a paddle tail fish rigged to ¼ ounce jig head to be very productive. Try using different colors, but most of the time it is a reaction strike.
Trout about. The big trout have been piled up on the grass flat outside the Little Manatee and Big Island pass. The same lures you are using to target redfish will work just as well. The best thing about using artificial baits is that you can cover a lot of ground and find new fishing spots along the way.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.