What's hot: Hard-fighting redfish remain the best target in shallow water. Great numbers of 22- to 27-inch fish are cruising the Tampa Bay area. With speckled trout and snook invading the same area, anglers have a great chance to catch all three species while targeting redfish.
Tackle: A 7-foot spinning outfit with a one-eighth-ounce lure is a great fish finder for red drum. Concentrate your search on the flats that have a mix of grass and sand bottom with a depth of 2 feet or less. Move into the areas quietly and make long casts. Work the lure at a steady to slow pace and set the hook when you feel the solid "thump" on your lure.
Tips: Tidal height has a great deal to do with where you should concentrate your search. At lower tides, redfish will be concentrated on the flats' outer area. At the middle to higher tides, search for these fish closer to the mangrove shorelines. If you do not connect with redfish, move to areas with surface indications of mullet schools or ripples of small sardines or glass minnows. Redfish will often be inactive for several hours and then suddenly feed with great zeal for a long period.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at adventurekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345