What's hot: Small schools of redfish seem to be on every oyster bar along the inland shoreline. This should hold true through the winter because these bars are home to small baitfish and crustaceans — major sources of food for predator fish. The bars also heat up in the sun, which keeps the surrounding water temperature a few degrees warmer. Ladyfish are also schooled up in large numbers along deeper channels. Ladyfish are not known for being good table fare, but they are very aggressive feeders and put up a good fight on light tackle.
Tactics: Find a bunch of oyster bars that are grouped in a small area. This can be accomplished by scouting during the extreme low tides we have throughout the winter months. Fish these bars during the last of the incoming tide and the first of the outgoing tide. Work each bar until the bite shuts down then move on to the next. To find a school of ladyfish, you need to use your bottom machine, look for fish breaching the surface on a calm day or look for diving pelicans. Once a school is located, anchor up and fish with live bait or drift the area with artificials.
Bait: The best choice would be a live shrimp, fresh cut bait or your favorite redfish lure (shrimp imitation jig, gold spoon or topwater plug).
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 385-0382.