Some days it's hot, some days it's not.
The action has been a mix of incredible to frustrating. I guess that is typical for fishing in general but lately, very pronounced. For example, with 0% moon I took Joe, visiting from South Carolina "into the fish bowl." Joe spent four and a half hours in concentrations of trout and redfish and not one fish ate. Best tide of the month, found the fish: Shutout!
The following day it was another client, but a different location with the opposite results: A very strong feed. The day after that, a fairly slow day for Bud, taking in his first day of kayak fishing. The day after that, moderate action, switching to slow for several hours with a strong finish. I am hoping that a steadier trend of very good action exists for the months to come.
Anticipate good feeding: Hovering and diving birds will tip off the location of the schools of bait as well as the presence of predators. Pay attention to those cues to get in on the action, move into position from up current or upwind and make long casts to this activity. Air and water temperatures should be ideal for having long feeding periods throughout the daytime hours.
Keep a larger rod and reel with you this month: March is usually a month when cobia and king mackerel pass through the region. Keep some heavier leader line handy because Spanish mackerel invaded weeks ago and will be following baitfish schools into the shallows any day now. Be ready to go up in leader size or have a lot of extra lures to tie on. Bluefish are also nearby and will do the same thing.
Early onset: Flounder and pompano have reentered Tampa Bay. Everything is early this year and it should be a magnificent spring and summer.