Redfish continue to be the top inshore species. Fall low tides have redfish holding on the edges of flats, waiting for the tide to flood. I have located a couple schools in the Pinellas Point area that I can target on a daily basis. I've been starting a little later in the morning, so I can locate the school before I spook them. The sun's angle in the morning is so low that it makes it difficult to locate the school. Take extreme caution in approaching the area. Low tides with clear water have redfish very wary. Once they are spooked, they are hard to get to take any bait. If I don't see fish, or I end up spooking them, I move on to the next area where I think the next school might be. When the tide level floods enough to fill the flats, I move into the usual areas on the flats to find schools. Deep grass flats in the 4- to 5-foot range also have been holding big numbers of reds. The south county area receives a heavy amount of pressure on redfish schools. That has the schools resorting to deeper water. The unseasonably warm weather has allowed me to catch scaled sardines with ease. I start before sunrise and throw my quarter-inch cast net underneath the brightest streetlights on a bridge. The small mesh net prevents smaller baits from getting caught in the net.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.