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Captain's Corner: Redfish accumulating in large numbers in Tampa Bay area

What's hot: Redfish are accumulating in larger numbers around the Tampa Bay area. Most active in daylight on the highest tides and around sunset, redfish also have been caught at night. Because it's midsummer, their feeding can be erratic.

Tackle and techniques: Medium-spinning tackle with a one-eighth or one-sixteenth ounce jig and a 3- to 5-inch plastic tail rigged "weedless" is a redfish outfit. Use a 25-pound fluoro­carbon leader to handle the snook that may be caught while targeting redfish. Search for redfish in the shallows near mangroves on highest tides and in deeper areas in the middle of grassflats during midtide. On the lowest tides, they will likely be anywhere that holds a foot or more of water and has a mix of grass and sand bottom. If the redfish aren't cooperative, a lure they will sometimes eat is natural bait placed right in front of them. A live or freshly dead sardine will work. For this, switch your jig out for a size 1 hook and a single split shot placed a foot above the hook. In water that is a foot deep, remove the split shot.

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

Captain's Corner: Redfish accumulating in large numbers in Tampa Bay area 07/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 25, 2009 8:41pm]
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