The last cold front set spring back a tad, or maybe it's just buffering. Either way, fishing should be good this weekend. Snook, redfish and trout were around in great numbers before the front. The bay temperature has dipped as low as 61 in some areas. This has pushed the bait off the flats, out deep, and back into transition mode. Look for the predators to do the same. If possible, fish in the afternoon. The mid/late morning low tides will heat up the shallows quickly, as the water begins pouring in the fish will warm up and the bite should fire off. Look for this around the middle of the incoming tide. Snook have pushed back to their early spring areas near dark and deeper water. Think creeks and rivers, the dark water heats faster and will keep the fish comfortable enough to eat as the day wears on. Redfish should begin feed well. Once the warm incoming water gets over their backs by mid tide they should be getting comfortable and hungry. Starting out at the beginning of the tide trout should be a good pick, while the reds and snook will chew well during the middle to end of the tide; trout are more likely to feed well as it begins coming in. They have a higher tolerance for the cool water. If fishing artificials, use slow sinking plugs and soft plastics, they will stay in the strike zone longer.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.