Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Plenty of redfish out there

What's hot: Large redfish continue to be active around Pinellas Point. The days are getting shorter and water temperatures cooler, leading to their fall migration. Schools can be found from Fort De Soto all the way up to the upper Tampa Bay waters, and they are eating anything that is thrown in front of them.

Location: For the reds' run offshore in October, I like to head to a bridge and throw my 12-foot cast net around the eddies of the pilings. It usually takes only one or two throws and I have the well stuffed with scaled sardines and threadfin herring. If it is windy and rough, I will anchor in 4 feet of water over grass and start chumming. You can expect to net pinfish, grunts, butterfish and scaled sardines.

Tactics: The key is stealth. Reds spook easily and will move if disturbed in any way. Running the main outboard will send them to deeper water as will a trolling motor used on a high setting. Take your time. Arrange the boat on the upwind side so you have the wind at your back to make long casts.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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