Since the hard freeze of November Inshore fishing has been slow with with chilled water temps from fronts un December and January. Trout fishing from Indian Rocks Beach to Clearwater north to Dunedin is usually a guarantee but it has taken till just recently for a good push Speckled Trout to finally push into the area. Water depths from 5 to 9 ft have been the best. Rigging technique has been a Cajun Thunder with 15 lb fluorocarbon leader 4Ft long with a 1 OT hook with a live shrimp has been the ticket. For the artificial enthusiast 15lb fluorocarbon leader with a 16th Oz jig head with dark colored artificial soft plastic is working well and catching the bigger fish. As long as normal fronts keep rolling g through not dropping the water back to the 50s the Speckled Trout will be in all the regular spots.
Redfish have just started to school on the flats as the waters warm. These fish are sitting in deeper waters around structure such as docks and near pot holes. As water temps stay consistent these bull dogs will start feeding on the flats for the sight fishing enthusiast.
Snook are up in the canals and creeks and rivers. Look around the dock with slightly moving water. Jumbo live shrimp or large will draw a bite. Come and enjoy a great day on the waters of the Tampa bay area.