What's hot: With the onset of the full moon, the fishing (especially inshore) has been really good. More redfish are funneling onto the flats and channel edges. Look for reds to shadow the massive schools of black mullet that are bunching up as they prepare to move offshore to spawn during the next big cold front.
Tips: Early morning low tides will have mullet and redfish pushed to the outer edge of the flats, often making them a bit easier to locate as well as condensing them into a smaller body of water. Use these low tides to better learn the flats and their subtle changes — those slightly deeper troughs serve as highways for fish. Higher tidal stages will have fish pushed up along the mangroves and any oyster mound in the area. Look for the big areas of mullet to hold redfish.
Tactics: Gathering bait remains easy now that water has cleaned back up after the front. Target sand areas around the passes as well as the swash channel all along the beach. A quarter-inch mesh cast net is a must to prevent gilling of the bait.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via email at email@example.com.