Red fishing has been spotty due to the red tide. So look for live mullet around shorelines spoil Islands and oyster bars. This is where the red fish will be congregating. You can’t beat cut ladyfish, pin fish or thread fins as these have been the ticket. Lately we’ve seen reds 20 to 24in but look for it to get much better as the water warms up.
The Tarpon bite has been slowing on the beaches. look for fish to get back to normal after full moon.
Trout are in good numbers. Sizes have been averaging 16 to 20 inches on deeper grass flats from 3 to 5 feet that have potholes. Live scaled sardines or swimming style shad tails on a quarter ounce jighead will produce good results.
Snook are just starting to move into their summer areas. We have been seeing more snook near freshwater runoff, live scaledsardines and threadfins are the bait of choice on the middle of the high tide to the beginning of the outgoing tide. The passes have held good number of snook. Live freelined pinfish or grassgrunts have produced some big fish. Outgoing tides have been the key fishing the passes whether day or night.
If you are into shark fishing, nows a great time of year as we’ve been seeing them plentiful in the Clearwater and IRB inshore areas.
For your assurance, there is no red tide but still may see a few dead fish wash up on the beaches that have moved in with the winds and tides on the West Coast Beaches. As for now come and joy the beaches, and the fishing!