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Captain's Corner: Redfish abundant in Tampa Bay area waters

What's hot: Redfish have been feeding heavily, with many upper- to over-slot fish being caught. It has not been unusual to have a sustained bite last several hours. On medium to medium-light tackle, this is as fun as it gets for inshore fishing.

Tackle and techniques: Think "high" and "low" for best results on redfish: against the trees as the tides "peak," or in the pockets well out from the shoreline at the lowest tides. The most aggressive feeding cycles are usually at highest tides, but actively feeding redfish will show themselves in the shallows on the lowest tides. Their tails come out of the water as they scavenge for their meals. Fishing sunrise and sunset on those tides will lead to the best results.

Inducing strikes from redfish can come from a variety of offerings. Artificial lures are effective and will be eaten if moved in a realistic motion and the correct speed. To move lures at a slower speed in the toughest grassy situations, have a weedless jighead ready. This will keep the lure in front of the fish longer and minimize the amount of weeds that get on the lure. For the redfish that will be targeted at midday, a chunk of cut bait such as a pinfish or a piece of ladyfish will get much more attention than the lures.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at or (727) 692-6345

Captain's Corner: Redfish abundant in Tampa Bay area waters 05/22/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 22, 2010 9:29pm]
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