What's hot: Topwater lure action for redfish and speckled trout is hot. It is a thrill to watch lures being slurped or crushed by predators. Moderate water temperatures have both species willing to come to the surface to eat.
Tackle and techniques: Angler preferences dictate rod choices, but most like 7- to 7½-foot spinners with medium power and fast action. Add 2 feet of fluorocarbon leader line, then a topwater lure of your preference. Large, topwater lures usually have rattles inside them and work well in choppy conditions. The best results are in 2½ feet and shallower. Working topwater lures takes practice. A series of short jabs, occasional pauses and reeling in of slack when dropping the rod tip produces a zigzag, side-to-side action that draws fish. Forgo a hook set and let the fish hook themselves. Don't be surprised if fish bash your topwater lure multiple times before striking a hook.
Tips: Many like to use these lures all day, but I prefer to use them in the lower light conditions of early morning and dusk. If redfish are uninterested in other lures, try the topwater one.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.