As we enter into the fall, it's a great time to fish. Snook have been great as they transition to the flats and get ready for cold weather. This is when snook start to feed as bait becomes scarce on the flats. The bait of choice this time of year is greenbacks. Look for fish to transition into the river systems as we get later into fall. Redfish schools are still plentiful on the flats on extreme low tides. Look for fish to move onto the outer flats on the negative low tides and mix in with schools of mullet. On higher water, fish push up into the bushes and are little harder to find schooled up, but fishing under trees is also productive. Trout fishing is another highlight this time of year as the big breeders move onto the flats. Drifting the flats with popping corks is a good way to target trout and cover a lot of ground at the same time. Shrimp or greenbacks are great options when fishing for trout.
Jason Prieto is a full-time fishing guide and can be reached at (813) 727-9890.