What's hot: Silver trout are abundant on the reefs, creating a mainstay to get some fresh for the table. Shrimp on a jig head gets the fish going, then a switch to a soft plastic shad tail keeps things interesting. These fish need to be eaten fairly soon since they do not freeze well. Pompano have appeared in strange places. Usually found around bridges, these fish have been seen mixed in with redfish and trout on an oyster bar.
Tips: On the negative lows, poling into position to find redfish, or wading out to them, has been exciting. They spook easily, so move slowly and quietly. Scented baits or cut ladyfish are top producers. This is the perfect time of year to take the kids. Area canals and creeks are loaded with small redfish, keeper sheepshead and small trout. While not everyone's idea of a good time, kids enjoy catching them one after another. Use live or dead shrimp on a jig head.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.