The fishing in the South Pinellas area is still good. The redfish schools have taken a beating but are still around the same areas. Being one of the first to show up where they're biting will help you boat a few before the crowds arrive. I have been finding redfish in smaller groups or alone on the flats or under mangrove shore lines. My baits of choice have been dead threadfins or live whitebait. The trout fishing is great. I have been drifting the flats throwing DOA CAL Shad tails until I locate them. Once I hook a fish I have been power-poling down and chumming the area with live whitebait. This has yielded several mid-twenty inch fish. There are also mackerel on the flats and will eat the same baits as the trout, so if you suddenly get cut off, most likely that's what it was! The kingfish bite has slowed down according to the offshore guides I have talked too. But there are still a few around. The tarpon fishing has been on the rise and should only get better over the next few weeks. Live threadfins drifted with the tide on a 5/0 Owner circle hook with 60lb test fluorocarbon leader will get the job done. The big catch has been fun as well: grouper and cobia along with some good size mackerel have kept the rods bent.
I have tarpon trips available still! Come catch the silver king of a life time!
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