Spring Fishing is Aproaching

Spring is trying to move in, with just a few cold fronts mixed in. The up-and-down air temperatures will slightly affect the water temperature and also affect the fishing. Fishing has been mostly incredible in North Pinellas. All of the species we expect, such as trout, redfish and snook are cooperating. The recent cold front stimulated a great trout bite in St. Joseph Sound. Bait has gotten a little scarce, so live shrimp and artificials have been working, as well as pinfish. The larger female trout are not as plentiful this year, many of the schools are average size fish between 15 and 20 inches. The early incoming tides have had the most success. Moving water is a key component to most of the flats fishing in my area. Redfish are showing up on the high tide and eating well into the falling tides. Cut pinfish, shrimp and sardines are working in all areas for the redfish. Snook are still lurking around the canals, creek mouths, and back bays. They were moving toward the beaches but the recent cold front had turned them around. A slight cold front later this week may slow things down for a couple of days, but soon everything should begin to stabilize.