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 firstname.lastname@example.org.