What's hot: Redfish are in the usual hot spots. Several large schools are hanging around Pinellas Point, and all the way up to the upper Tampa Bay area. With cooler water from last week's heavy rain, reds are feeding aggressively and eating just about anything. The past two weeks have been the best redfishing of the year.
What to look for: I have spots to fish on a low tide, and spots to move to 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 the fish will move to. Redfish like to have a certain amount of water; when it gets too low, they will rapidly move to deeper water. I watch the school's movement every time and pay attention to which direction they fall off the flat. After years, I have a theory of their movements and where they are going to go. The last two timest my low tide spots have yielded big numbers of fish.
Bait: This time of year is the best for any type of bait. I throw my 12-foot cast net on the upcurrent side of a bridge and let it sink to the bottom and trap the bait. One or two throws is usually enough to fill 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.