The water is warming and a lot of fish are responding to the subtropical patterns. Snook are starting to migrate towards the beaches but aren’t quite there yet.
It is still early March although milder than normal. However, snook are beginning to eat a lot better than they have in the past few weeks. Bait is very plentiful on the flats so once snook are located it’s pretty easy to get some strikes. Many of the islands along the intercoastal are holding fish, as well as a few of the interior beaches near the passes. Trout are still a mainstay in the north Pinellas region this time of year. They are continuing to inhabit the islands in St. Joseph Sound, they will also begin to migrate westward towards the beaches as the water continues to warm. Redfish have also begun to school slightly better and in greater numbers.
Although our current tides are not very high allowing them great comfort, chumming with cut bait has improved the chances of hook-ups when the water is low and the fish are shy. The winds have been blowing pretty strong the last couple of days, but as the water calms down, fish patterns should return to normal.
It won’t be long till the mackerel are here within a couple of miles of shore and the kingfish will be close behind. This is a great time of year for fishing as the flats become alive and migratory fish begin making their way through our area.