What's hot: This week, we targeted redfish during peak high tide. The schools numbered in the hundreds, and most fish were bigger than 30 inches. They are feeding best on live-scaled sardines and threadfins. We are chumming with live white bait. Don't chum when the tide is low. The low water makes it easy for birds to feed on the chum. This will spook the school.
Tackle: Use a 10- to 15-pound braided line with a 20-pound leader tied to a 1 or 2/0 hook. Hook the bait through the nose so it swims naturally. A 7- to 8-foot rod allows you to cast far. If you get too close, they will spook.
Tip: When the reds start feeding on the chum, switch to a lure that looks like a sardine.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.