What's hot: Redfish have been all over Pinellas Point and Mullet Key. These areas are holding a number of schools, and I agree with the buzz from guides that this has been the most reds they have seen in years.
Tips: I have spots to fish on a low tide, and I have spots to fish on a high tide. Low-tide spots can be the most difficult to find. When the water gets too low for the fish on the flats, you have to figure out where they will move. I watch the schools' movement every time I am on the water and pay attention to which direction they fall off the flat. After years of watching, I have a theory of where they'll go, whatever the tide. Figure that out and you have a "secret" spot of your own. The last two times I hit my low-tide spots, they yielded big numbers.
Bait: The water level is critical when choosing bait. In low tides, reds spook easily, so I like to use shrimp that will land softly on the water. On high tides, reds let their guard down and will eat just about anything. If I am on a school that won't eat, I switch to cut bait.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.