What's hot: Redfish have appeared in the usual hot spots. The past two weeks have been the best redfishing since the Red Tide from a few years ago. Reds are showing up in my "secret" spots, places that have had little to no action for three to four years.
What to look for: Low tide spots can be the most difficult to find. I watch the schools' movements and pay particular attention to which direction they fall off the flat. I have a theory about their movements and where they are going whatever the tide is doing. Figure that out and you have a "secret" spot of your own. The last two times I have hit my low tide spots, they yielded big numbers that I had not seen in a few years.
Bait: The water level is critical in determining what type of bait to use. At low tide, reds are wary and spook easily, therefore a light presentation is needed. Shrimp provides a light presentation and increases your chances of a hookup, or you can use a soft plastic rigged Texas-style that provides a weedless setup. At higher tides, reds are far less spooky and will eat just about any type of live bait thrown to them.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.