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Captains corner: Redfish action picks up for early risers

What's hot? For the first time in several months, redfish have outshined trout on recent trips. Good tides, warm weather, time of year, all play a factor in our spring redfish migration. The schools are ranging from 20 to 40 fish, and the majority of them are over the 27-inch maximum slot limit.

Where to look: Mullet are back on the flats, so anywhere they settle in would be a place to check. Take advantage of the light winds and morning low tides to locate tailing redfish.

Tactics: Use a 71/2-foot rod with a reel spooled with 8- or 10-pound braid so you can make long casts. Select-sized shrimp rigged weed-less with a 2-inch float for a strike indicator works when the fish are tailing. Once the tide rises or the wind picks up, the fish won't show as well; this is the time to bait a few rods with fresh-cut pinfish and leave the bails open. The scent will bring the reds in.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail [email protected]

Captains corner: Redfish action picks up for early risers 02/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:28pm]
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