Looking at the rough weather ahead, it may put a damper on the off shore fishing and scalloping on the Nature Coast. More rain will keep the water temperatures down and help the inshore trout bite. The elevated tide will create some good red fishing. For trout areas look for bars with moving water. The best bait if it is breezy has been a popping cork with a soft plastic in glow, new penny or golden bream. If the conditions are calm look for patches of rock grass that can be found in deep cuts near creek mouths and use a D.O.A. glow nose hooked 5.5 jerk bait.  Look for redfish on the western facing points or rocky mangrove keys. Jumping mullet is a good sign. Gold spoons , live shrimp and live pinfish are the best baits. After the first week of scallop season most of the reports were slim pickings. Some folks that went with local guides seem to do a little better. There are many theories, one of them is that they are out deep because of the amount of rain has diluted the salinity and the other is the resource has been depleted. I believe time will tell. Look for incoming high tide late morning this weekend. W

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Former baseball umpire, now fishing guide. Graduate of the University of Arizona.
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