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Captain's Corner: Quietly target redfish

What's hot: This is probably one of the best months to target redfish. It is common to find several different schools in south Pinellas County.

How to approach: Redfish are probably the most wary fish in our area. If you use a trolling motor, the lowest setting allows you to get close. A high setting spooks the school and makes it hard to find. Take the time to figure out which direction the school wants to travel, then place bait in front of the fish and hope for the best.

Tackle: I prefer 10-pound braided line, which allows me to set up with the wind at my back to make long casts. Twenty-pound camouflage leader with a 2/0 circle hook provides a nearly 100 percent hookup ratio. A circle hook is designed to slowly set itself; the fish picks up the bait and moves off. When the line comes tight, the hook slides into the corner of the fish's mouth.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at or (727) 647-7606.

Captain's Corner: Quietly target redfish 09/06/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 4:08pm]
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