Friday, January 19, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Redfish back in usual hot spots

Redfish have shown up in the usual hot spots. Several large schools are hanging around Pinellas Point and can be found up to upper Tampa Bay. With cooler water, reds are feeding aggressively and eating nearly anything. The past two weeks have been the best redfishing of the year. I have spots on a low tide and spots on a high tide. Low tide spots can be the most difficult to find. When the water gets too low for the fish on the flats, figure out where they will move. Redfish like to have a certain amount of water in which to swim. I watch the schools' movement and pay attention to which direction they fall off the flat. The past two times I have hit my low tide spots, they've yielded big numbers of fish. This is the best time of year for any type of bait. I throw my 12-foot cast net upcurrent of a bridge, let it sink to the bottom and trap the bait. One or two throws usually fills the livewell with scaled sardines and threadfin herring.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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