The Tampa Bay Times

Fishing has been steadily improving on the flats and beaches of north Pinellas County over the last couple of weeks.  As usual in April, snook begin to make their way out of the backcountry and move west towards the beaches, stopping at the small islands inside the intercoastal along the way. Sardines have become unusually scarce lately so a mixture of threadfins and pinfish help to fill the well. The snook are anxious to chase the larger threadfins. I will often sight cast to fish moving down the sandy shoreline when conditions are right. Otherwise, I am fishing the jetties and points of the passes for snook. They are showing up in numbers but aren’t at the levels they will be in May and June. Trout have also begun the trek to the beaches. Any grass patches or rocky areas are good hangouts for trout. Freelining small sardines are usually the best way for quick action. Also, inside the passes where the water moves well over the flats is a great place to find trout as well as lady fish and small mackerel. Redfish are also eating well. Moving in with tide, they are grouping around the oyster bars and mangrove roots at the peak of the high tide. Cut baits have been getting taken most often.