Reds and trout are still roughing up the finish on Mirr-O-Lure's new Mirror Mullet. Working mullet schools up and down both East and West shorelines of Sarasota Bay will get your topwater plug crashed. Colors are a matter of personal preference, but on the windy conditions over Mother's Day weekend, Chartreuse and White/Red Head were the colors of choice. During calm clear conditions, those two colors plus the Greenback pattern were getting hit more than any others. The color of the plug is not much important as is the slow, steady retrieve. Even after a swing and miss, continue to your retrieve cadence with only very slight speed ups. As the tide gets higher during the day, look for reds and catch and release snook along the mangroves. DOA's 3" shadtail in Golden Bream and Greenback on a 1/16oz. Mustad Power Lock Hook will enable you to skip your bait under the mangroves where the snook and redfish are looking for shade. Live greenbacks (very plentiful on the flats) and hand-picked shrimp will also work.
On Florida's East Coast, juvenile tarpon between 5-50 lbs. are very active in the creeks and rivers that line the Indian River Lagoon. These little guys are great fun on fly tackle. Small baitfish patterns (EP Mullets, Bendbacks, and Heidi's Whitey) will not last long when cast in front of rolling fish. Rod weights generally do not have to exceed a 9 weight with shock tippets scaling at 30 lbs. The same outfits can also score snook under docks and railroad trestles. Many big females use these creeks to stage and go on a binge before making their way to the inlets to spawn. Spin casters will score both snook and juvy tarpon on DOA shrimp (Near Clear, Glow, Near Clear/Red Flake).
Night time snook on fly action just gets better and better inside of Jupiter Inlet. Many of the takers are between 20-30 inches but there are some "logs" that will show up. On incoming tides Tennet's Crystal Shrimp, EP's Bay Anchovy, and Grassett's Flats Minnow are good flies get some numbers in the boat. Outgoing tides see EP's Peanut Bunker and EP Mullet (Black and Purple) taking center stage.