The breaks in the windy weather allowed me to get in some flats fishing this week. Using jigs I worked the Pinellas Point and Ft. Desoto areas with good success.
Recently, I have started throwing 1/8 ounce chartreuse jig head with a root beer colored MirrOlure ‘Lil John” tail and having really good luck. I have always been a red or white jig head guy but the change to chartreuse seems to be getting more bites.
I found the nice keeper speckled trout hanging in the deeper grass. There are also plenty of undersized ones as well. In addition to the trout, ladyfish, bluefish, jacks and flounder have also been cooperative.
Pompano have been pretty active around John’s Pass on the incoming tide. Capt. Billy Miller has been catching good limits using free lined live shrimp and yellow and white pompano jigs.
Capt. Rick Grasset reports redfish and big trout mixed in with mullet schools on the shallow flats and sand bar edges in Sarasota Bay. The deeper grass flats are producing speckled trout and bluefish on CAL jigs and Clouser flies.
Homosassa inshore fishing is right on schedule says Capt. William Toney. Redfish are congregating on the western rocky points on the incoming tide and will readily bite a live shrimp or gold spoons. Trout are on the edges of flats next to deep water. Throw jerk baits or MirrOdines into the shallow water and bring them out to the deep water for best action.