What's hot: Large schools of 23- to 33-inch redfish are hammering everything put in front of them. The spring influx of baitfish has attracted a substantial number of large fish. The larger "slot to overslot" redfish have displaced smaller ones that were being caught in the same locations several weeks ago.
Tackle and techniques: A medium heavy spinning outfit with 3- to 4-inch plastic jigs rigged on an eighth-ounce jighead works. Use 25-pound fluorocarbon leader because you may hook some large snook during your redfish outings. Make long casts along shorelines to the sandy areas and points with oysters, moving the jig at a moderate to slow speed. When you hook a redfish, quietly stake out the area and work it over because where there is one redfish, there is probably a school.
Pro tips: If you're in an area that's normally productive but not finding redfish, move until you find a significant amount of baitfish. The fish will move away from their normal feeding stations if there is an abundance of baitfish nearby. Reduce unnecessary spooking of redfish: facing into the sun eliminates shadows across the area where you expect the redfish to be located.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at (727) 692-6345.