What's hot: Redfish schools have invaded the flats around Pinellas Point. On a low morning tide, I look on an outer sandbar. These fish are on the edge waiting for the tide to come in. Once the water rises, they move on. Then I find fish on the flat around oyster bars and mangrove shorelines.
Bait: I start early, throwing a 12-foot cast net under one of the many bridges. I pick the brightest light and throw on the down-current side. Scaled sardines, threadfins, pinfish and Spanish sardines have been caught. I stopped throwing live bait chum because the birds have been so relentless in stealing bait. They will spook reds and other targeted species.
Tactics: Use a 2/0 circle hook. Redfish have thick skin around their mouth; this allows the circle hook to grab the corner once the line is tightened. Let the fish pull tight and start to reel. The hook will set itself. If you set the hook, you will pull the hook out of the fish's mouth because of the bend on the point.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.