In what I would call “action trips,” it’s pretty easy to get in on a wide variety of fun now. Sheepshead, trout, jacks, ladyfish, drum, redfish, silver trout, whiting and more pompano than usual are being caught. For tackle and techniques, sheepshead require shrimp or fiddler crabs. Black drum are similar but can be tricked on lures. Bridges, dock and canals are the best locations to find these fish. Whiting is another that fresh cut shrimp is better than lures. For both whiting and silver trout, target the beaches, passes or edges of channels. Ladyfish and jacks are aggressive species that attack lures. Ladyfish could be just about anywhere at any time, but jacks are more likely inside local rivers. Trout and redfish are flats species and respond to live bait or lures. Trout action is easy and will be for months. Redfish numbers are great, but they’ve been moodier during colder times. The same shrimp you send out for sheepshead, drum and whiting can be used to hook uncooperative redfish. Tackle up with medium outfits with 20-pound fluorocarbon leaders and connect.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.