What's hot: Redfish are a great inshore target and have been sighted or caught in the 21- to 29-inch range. They went from "very spooky" to feeding strongly.
Tackle and techniques: Medium spinning tackle with a 20-pound piece of fluorocarbon leader is the perfect setup. One-eighth-ounce jigs and jerkbaits with a soft plastic tail in gold, or a mix of gold and white, work well. For thicker turtle grass areas, a weedless jighead reduces snagging and leads to more strikes. Set the reel drag for a solid hook set after a strike but loose enough for a larger fish to take a bit of line. Quietly approach areas you think hold fish and make long casts. On middle or lower tides, check areas that are near the "outside" of grass flats. On peak high tides, make casts up against the shoreline. Areas that hold jumping or spooking mullet are often the best locations to find redfish.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at (727) 692-6345 or adventurekayakfishing.com.