Monday, April 23, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: A great week for reds

What's hot: This week, major tide levels will provide great action for reds. Schools will congregate on top of oyster beds and underneath mangrove overhangs. These schools are extremely sensitive to any kind of unfamiliar pressure. Extra caution is needed when approaching. I'll use the lowest setting on my trolling motor. I like to arrange the boat with the wind at my back; this allows me to make long casts, keeping me as far away from the fish as possible.

Bait: I like to use cut bait when the water temperature is above 80 degrees. The warmer the water, the less aggressive the fish. Threadfins and pinfish make the perfect bait for cutting to use to entice a strike. Reds like to forage on the bottom. When they come across the piece of cut bait, they seem to eat it every time.

Tackle: Long casts are needed when redfish are spooky. I use 7½-foot graphite rods with smaller 30 series reels loaded with 10-pound braided line. The light braided line combined with a longer rod with the wind at your back will produce longer casts. Twenty-pound camouflage leader with a 2/0 circle hook finishes the terminal tackle.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com

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