All of our success this week came on artificial baits. The docks down around south St Pete remain loaded with small Redfish. A live shrimp is a great choice but this week we used Berkley Gulp shrimp and didn’t skip a beat. Every bait that hit the water was devoured! We used the 3” New Penny colored shrimp on a ¼ ounce Strike King Jig head in chartreuse. The nice part about this tactic is we caught several fish on 1 shrimp and those fish that just like to peck at your bait don’t have the same success that they do with live shrimp. Capt. Woody Gore reported the same good fortune on the north end of the bay. Catching 40 or 50 Reds in an afternoon was no problem for him and his clients. He also said that the Trout bite was incredible up there. The best he has seen in years! Capt. Shawn Crawford from Sarasota reports great Trout fishing to the south as well. His clients enjoyed nice limits of big Trout in the 18 to 24 inch range along with some nice lower slot Reds. He also preferred using live shrimp but said they did have good luck drifting the deeper flats and working a DOA CAL Shad tail in white with a ¼ ounce jig head. We both agree that if the water temps would rise into the lower 60’s and level off things would even get better! Catch Capt. Michael Anderson and Capt. Billy Nobles every Saturday morning on News CH8 at 6:30am and Sundays at 11:00am for the Reel Animals Fishing Show and Saturdays for Reel Animals Saturday on 970WFLA from 6:00am to 9:00am and Sunday mornings on AM620 for the TA Mahoney Co. Reel Animals Radio Show from 7am to 9am or to book a trip call 1-866-Gamefish.