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Captains corner: Check flats drop-offs near passes for redfish schools

What's hot: The redfish bite in north Pinellas has been improving over the past few weeks.

What to look for: Concentrate on the lower tidal stages and look for massive schools of prespawn mullet to find the reds. Typically grass flats near the passes consistently yield schools of redfish in the fall. On the lower tides, both mullet and redfish are pushed off the flat and stage on the outside drop-off. This creates an almost-straight line of stacked up fish. Then it's just a matter of working down the line until fish hit.

The magic hour: The first hour of daylight before the sun actually breaks the horizon is when you want to be fishing (not catching bait) this week. Morning outgoing tides have been strong, and the fish have been on a feed during this hour. Cast topwater lures, preferably the "walking" style, into the schools of mullet.

What else: Spanish mackerel are biting inshore and offshore. Catch pilchards then anchor in hard-bottom areas within a couple of miles of shore. Deploy live chum and a fresh chum block. Inshore, target deeper grass flats near the passes.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email capt.tyson@hotmail.com.

Captains corner: Check flats drop-offs near passes for redfish schools 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 7:12pm]
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