What's hot: Trout are biting soft plastic shad tails. Jig them in the potholes and then swim them over the grass. On low tide fish are stacking up on the edges of potholes and the edges of the flats. The big gators are in the mullet schools and moving around tailing redfish. If the puffer fish become a problem, switch to hard plastic sinking twitch baits. Redfish are chewing on shrimp, cut ladyfish and dart-type baits. Work the creek mouths, and mullet schools will put you in the right areas to find the slot-sized reds. Go inside the creeks for rod-bending action on just under slot redfish (maybe a slot fish in the mix), sheepshead and trout.
Creek action: Several snook have been caught in creeks — some up to 30 inches. They have fallen victim to the shrimp and jigs, or if you can find it, white bait. With a cold front pushing through, the creeks should fill up with fish. Fish regular-sized shrimp on the bottom with a jig head or split shot for redfish, or under a popping cork for trout. Also, the front should push the silver trout back onto the reefs. They are excellent table fare but do not freeze well, so take only what is needed for a meal.
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