Change of pace: Winter low tides combined with cold fronts passing through can lead to rewarding fishing. It takes winds blowing 20-plus mph out of the northeast combined with an astronomical low tide around the new moon and full moon phases. The result is a low tide that empties out of the bay and exposes every nook and cranny that reds and trout will get caught in.
What to look for: Follow the edge of a sandbar and look for cuts that lead into the flat. All of the flats are dry from the cold front. Strong outgoing tides form channels in which water flows through the sand bar. Redfish and trout use those channels to travel on and off of the flat.
Gear: Air temperatures are usually very cold. Have a set of neoprene waders, gloves, boots, and a belt to fish in the cold. Use a 7-foot rod rigged with 10-pound braid with 25-pound leader. Soft plastic baits on a red quarter-ounce jig head are my favorite. Any eel-type or grub plastic tail will work.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visitcaptainrobgorta.com.