What's hot: We're coming up on September, one of the best months to target redfish. It is not uncommon to find several different schools in south Pinellas. Fort De Soto, Pinellas Point and Tierre Verde are all great areas to check out. The key to finding these large schools is to look for mullet. Wherever mullet are in tight schools, there are usually redfish around.
Approach: Redfish are probably the most wary fish in our area. If you use a trolling motor, the lowest setting will allow you to get close to the school. A high setting will spook the school and make it hard to find. Schools can break up and disappear quickly. Take your time and figure out what direction the school wants to travel. Then place the bait in front of the fish and hope for the best.
Bait: The hatch has taken place, so there are a lot of really small baits around the bridges and on the flats. This time of year, use a ¼-inch mesh glass minnow cast net, so the baits will not get caught by the gills in the net. Pinfish have been the bait of choice. Throw chum over any grass flat to attract these hearty baits into cast net range and fill the livewell.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit www.captainrobgorta.com.