Fishing has remained consistent in the north Pinellas region. Bait is a little scattered, but given enough time each morning can be collected with a good cast net. Bait usually shows up on the beaches by this time of year but hasn’t yet. There are mostly glass minnows and threadfin herring. Scaled sardines also called greenbacks, as well as pinfish are the better choice for most anglers and are still on the grass flats along the intracoastal waterway.
Trout have begun their typical migration from the islands of St. Joseph Sound to the troughs and jetties along the beaches. Shore anglers will do well with paddle tails and jerk worms, while identifying rock piles, and grass beds to cast across from shore. Snook have also migrated slightly west, however, high winds over the last few days have prevented many of us from approaching the west facing shorelines.
I’m sure as the next few weeks go on with warmer weather, more snook will continue to show up in their normal locations. Tarpon are also appearing in small numbers, typical for this early part of the season. They are definitely migrating from the south as good numbers are being reported around the Skyway Bridge to Boca Grande Pass. More and more anglers will set up in the travel lanes just a few hundred yards off of the beach near Caladesi or Honeymoon Islands in search of these silver kings.
May is a great month to get out and do some fishing as the options are plentiful.