Recent trip: Bruce Roberts and Jim Parnell joined me on a cold, blustery morning. This was only for die-hard fisherman. I saw doubt on their faces. I told them conditions were perfect; it should be one of the greatest redfish trips of the year.
Conditions: The wind blew out of the northeast at 25 mph. The wind-chill factor made it seem like 30 degrees. The full moon had caused one of the lowest tides I have ever seen. The forecast low tide was already in the negative on the tide chart. Strong winds had blown out all the water on the flats; there was nothing but grass exposed. There were oyster beds I had never seen before. I could hardly wait to get where I thought the fish might be.
Area: I started in a swash channel formed by the outgoing tide on the outer sandbar on the edge of a flat. I dropped anchor and was the first one out of the boat. I waded inside the cut with Roberts and Parnell following. The first spot produced seven reds. The sun was still low, so we had to blind cast to produce our catch. I looked down the flat and saw another pool that pelicans and terns were diving into. We decided to walk to that area and check it out. The skies were bright blue and allowed us to see what was in the pool. We hit the jackpot — redfish everywhere. We caught another 10 reds. All were caught using jigs with a glass minnow tail.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.