Storm warnings: The weather was last week's hottest topic, with Tropical Storm Ida stirring up the waters all around Florida. I had to cancel several trips due to storm warnings. Having spent more than seven years in the Coast Guard and countless hours on search-and-rescue efforts, I know it is not safe on the water when a storm warning is issued. I take this time to do maintenance on my rods, reels, trailer and boat. I put new line on my reels, grease the bearings on my trailer and do scheduled maintenance on my outboard.
When the weather clears: After storms move on, the water is usually very murky. Instead of trying to find schools of redfish in water I cannot see in, I will change it up and drift for fish over one of the many bay area deep grass flats. Wind can be your friend when targeting species over these flats. It allows you to set up a drift over deep grass so a large area can be targeted using a jig. Because the water is murky, I will use my bottom machine. A sandy bottom produces a flat line, deep grass a thick, jagged line. All grass flats have "sand holes". I will work the edges and middle of the holes. Trout are always lingering on the holes' edges waiting to ambush prey.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.