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Captain's Corner: Head to flats for redfish

Rob Gorta

Rob Gorta

What's hot: Redfish have invaded the flats around Pinellas Point. On a low tide in the morning, I look on an outer sandbar. Once the water rises, the fish will move onto the flat. I follow them until they settle closer to shore with the higher tide.

Bait: I start early in the morning with a 12-foot cast. I pick the brightest light on a bridge and throw on the down current. Scaled sardines, threadfins, pinfish and Spanish sardines have been caught in the net.

Tactics: I use a 2/0 circle hook. Redfish have thick skin around the mouth. This lets the hook grab the corner once the line tightens. Don't set the hook. Let the fish pull tight, and start to reel.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit

Captain's Corner: Head to flats for redfish 03/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:56pm]
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