What's hot: Redfish are showing up all along the North Pinellas coastline. Almost any oyster bar is capable of holding fish ranging in size from small to schools of upper-slot fish. They have remained skittish because of clear water and medium tides this week, so a stealth approach is required. Use the wind, a push pole or a quiet trolling motor to drift into the fishing area. On the highest portion of the tide, fish the edges of the mangroves adjacent to and behind the oysters. Live shrimp have been most productive. Scented baits in a shrimp or paddletail pattern also have worked well. With live bait, wait for a steady pull on the line. Many times pinfish and other small predators tug at the shrimp. Their activity often spreads the scent in the water, attracting redfish to the area.
Tip: Redfish are known to hang around mullet schools. There have been thousands of small mullet on the flats and against the mangroves on higher tides. Fish in and around the mullet for best results.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and through his website at captbrian.com.