The weather has been the hot topic with Hurricane Irma stirring up our water. I had to cancel more than several trips due to storm warnings last week. Having spent more than seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard and countless hours on search and rescues, I know it's not safe on the water with any kind of storm warnings. I take that time to move my vessel from the marina and bring it home to protect it from the storm. After the hurricane moves on and cleanup is over, I conduct maintenance on all my rods, reels, trailer and boat. I put new line on my reels, grease the bearings on my trailer and provide any scheduled maintenance to my outboard. After a storm, the water is usually very murky. Instead of trying to find schools of redfish in water I can't see in, I drift-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. Since the water is murky, I use my bottom machine. A sandy bottom is a flat line. Deep grass has a thick, jagged line. All grass flats have "sand holes." Work the edges and the middle of these holes. Trout are always lingering on the edges of these holes.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.