What's hot: August and September are probably two of the best months to target redfish. It is not uncommon to find several different schools in south Pinellas County. We live in a very heavily populated area. The key to success is to be as quiet as possible. I realize redfishing in our area will never be the same. The days of catching 70 to 100 fish out of one school are long gone. Fish adapt and realize when trouble is around. Redfish sense when boats are approaching long before they are seen and will move off of a flat.
How to approach: Redfish are probably the most wary fish in our area. If you use a trolling motor, the lowest setting possible allows you to get close to the school. A high setting spooks the school and makes it hard to find. I have seen schools break up and disappear in the blink of an eye. I take my time and figure out what direction the school wants to travel. I place my bait in front of the fish and hope for the best. If I do it right, I will get a bite every time; wrong, and the school spooks away.
Schools: The south county area has a number of different schools now. I counted five different schools holding at least 200 fish or better in the area this past week. I like try to figure out what school to target on what tide level. For example, I'll fish a school at Pinellas Point on an incoming high tide, then move to Mullet Key on an outgoing to low tide to find a school.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.