What's hot: Fall is excellent for all the inshore species: Trout, redfish and flounder are the best bests with all being caught on nearly every trip. For all three species we are looking at the healthiest populations in recent history. The water temperatures are falling, and the fish are responding very well.
Tackle and techniques: Use light tackle and light lures, keeping the right assortment of jigs and top-water lures for successfully targeting the inshore species. Flounder will be caught on nearly all sandy patches throwing the jigs. One-eighth ounce jigheads are fine for targeting all species. Speckled trout will also be caught on jigs but for top-water success, target areas a 1½ to 2 feet deep with thick turtle grass. You might catch redfish and trout in these locations. For straight redfish targeting, stay on the mangrove shorelines at higher tides and at all other points in the tide, concentrate on areas that have about 18 inches of depth. The jigs work best on redfish, especially 3-inch "paddle tails."
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.