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Captain's Corner: Red fish action is hot

Redfish have been all over Pinellas Point and Mullet Key, holding a number of different schools. The buzz from guides is this is the most reds they've seen in years. I have spots to fish on low tide and spots on high tide. Low-tide spots can be difficult to find. When water gets too low for fish on the flats, you have to figure out where fish will move. I watch the schools' movements when I'm on the water and watch which direction they fall off the flat. I've put together a theory of their movements and where they're going, whatever the tide is doing. Figure that out and you have your "secret" spot. The past two times I've hit my low-tide spots have yielded big numbers. Water level is critical on what bait to use. On low tides, reds spook easily, so I like to use shrimp so it will land softly on the water. High tides, reds eat just about anything. If I'm on a school that will not eat, I switch to cut bait.

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

Captain's Corner: Red fish action is hot 10/01/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 1, 2015 6:31pm]
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