What's hot: The Fort De Soto area is a great place to find redfish. I will find a shoreline where mullet are jumping and start there. At this time of year, when water temperatures are high, mullet will let you know there is enough oxygen in the water and the redfish are over a good grassy area, where redfish forage for crabs and shrimp.
Set-up: Redfish are probably the most wary fish in our area. If you use a trolling motor, the lowest setting will allow you to get close. I cast my bait in front of the school and wait for a strike.
Tackle: I like to use 10-pound braided tackle when targeting reds. The braided line allows me to set up with the wind behind my back and make long casts. The farther away I can stay from the fish, the better. Twenty-pound camouflage leader with a 2/0 circle hook will provide a high hook-up ratio. A circle hook is designed to slowly set itself. When the line comes tight, don't set the hook. Just reel.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.