What's hot: Schools of redfish are showing up at their usual hot spots this time of year. With an approaching new moon, the next several days should offer prime opportunities throughout Pinellas County. Areas that attract large schools of mullet typically hold redfish. No-motor zones on the flats are known to attract schools of mullet and redfish. Finding a school away from these areas often puts you by yourself.
Tactics: Water temperatures are up quite a bit this week, which gets the fish in a more aggressive mood. Topwater lures worked through the mullet school often produce explosive strikes from redfish and gator trout. Switching to a weedless soft-plastic jerk bait or gold spoon allows you to catch a few more fish after your topwater bite slows. Also, now that we are consistently getting high tides of more than 2 feet, redfish are becoming more acquainted with oyster mounds. These fish will eat soft plastics or even a spoon run parallel down the mangrove line. But nothing catches them like a select shrimp under a small float.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.