What's hot: Redfish action has ramped up all over the region, while big winter trout are also an option. It's a prime time to catch both species on artificial lures. Patterns for redfish have become more consistent but for trout, it's the opposite.
Tackle: For either species, use a medium to medium-light rod-and-reel outfit with 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a soft-plastic jig. Jig heads can be weedless or standard. For the plastic tail, go with 3-inch swimbaits or 5-inch jerkbait tails in the colors of root beer, motor oil, gold and white.
Techniques: For redfish, search the shallows and move quietly to intercept them close to shorelines. When you spot your target, make long casts and bring the lure back slow and steady.
While the trend may reverse itself and the trout may return to the shallower grassy areas, right now they are much deeper. Try finessing a jig deep around bridges and canals.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.