What's hot: Redfish is plentiful at the extremes of the tides with the possibility of fish feeding throughout an entire tide. With the arrival of fall — and finally some lighter winds — redfish action has exploded.
Tackle and techniques: Medium, light-spinning tackle with light 1/8- to 1/16-ounce jigheads and plastic lures tied to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader helps make long casts to wary fish. The better action of the lighter lures creates more strikes. Both paddletail and jerkbait tails will get their attention. For best results, keep the lure near the bottom in all depths.
Fishing the extreme tides is as simple as up against shorelines on the high tides and accessing the troughs and pockets that hold the fish on the big negative low tides. Access for most on the high tides is pretty easy. Most of the best low-tide redfish areas can be difficult in many bigger boats, but the waders and kayak anglers score big on the negative lows. At the end of the outgoing tide or beginning of the rising water, redfish might tip off their location with their tails waving out of the water. As the tide rises, it becomes more guesswork, but they will continue to move to locations that were previously out of water.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.