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Captain's Corner: Redfish are all over area flats

What's hot: Redfish are feeding throughout the daylight hours all over the Tampa Bay area. Varying in size from 18 to 35 inches, this species is all over the area flats. Keeping on "hot" action requires staying "in pursuit." Hundreds of fish comprise a pod, but the fish seem to be spread out and feed in groups of four or fewer.

Tackle and techniques: Winter means clear water, so make long casts with lightweight jigs, a gold spoon or offer them a live or fresh dead bait. One-eighth-ounce jigs with a 3- to 5-inch plastic tail on a medium spinning outfit is adequate. Attempt to locate redfish where there are deeper holes on the flat at the lowest tides. As the tide rises, target casts to the sandy patches closer to the shorelines. When the tide floods, focus along the mangrove shorelines. If several weather fronts arrive close together, many of these fish will move toward the canals and residential docks for a few days.

Pro tip: The larger numbers of redfish are in the remotest areas. Get to the shallowest areas, where few anglers go, for more opportunities.

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

Captain's Corner: Redfish are all over area flats 01/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:57am]
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