What's hot: Hot as in "red hot!" Redfish are all over the Tampa Bay area with fish being caught in the passes, behind the islands and in most areas inside the bay. Action is very consistent: Find the redfish and you should be able to get them to eat, regardless of the time of day.
Tackle and techniques: Aside from the really big redfish, which are being found near the passes, medium to medium-heavy equipment is all that is needed. For the larger females, many of which are more than 40 inches, a heavier rod and reel will be required. Redfish will eat a variety of lures. Try offering them 3-inch paddletail or 5-inch jerkbait styles. Have a "weedless" jighead option available for areas with problematic floating weeds or for maneuvering the lure through thick turtle grass areas. If fish are found but not taking a lure, any natural bait will work, "live" or dead. Redfish will readily devour any fresh dead baits placed in front of them. Approach the fish quietly and make long casts to the school. Cooling waters translates to clearer waters, making their ability to see approaching anglers much better than during the warmer months. When you feel a "thump" on the other end of your line, set the hook and get ready for a great tug-of-war!
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at adventurekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.