Saturday, May 26, 2018
Outdoors

Captains corner: Redfish schools require thoughtful approach

What's hot: September is one of the best months to target redfish. It's not uncommon to find several schools in the Pinellas Point area. The key to success is to be as quiet as possible. Redfish sense when boats are near long before they are seen, and the fish will move off of a flat if anglers do not approach them correctly.

Tips: When I use my trolling motor, I always use the lowest setting. A high setting spooks the school and makes it hard to find again. I have seen schools break up and disappear in a blink of an eye. I take my time and figure out what direction the school is traveling. Then I place my bait in front of the fish and hope for the best.

Tackle: I use 10-pound braided line when targeting redfish. The braided line allows me to set up with the wind at my back, and that aids in making long casts. The farther I can stay from the fish the better. A 20-pound-test camouflage leader with a 2/0 circle hook will provide just about a 100 percent hook-up ratio. A circle hook is designed to slowly set itself. When the line comes tight, just reel and the hook will slide into the corner of the fish's mouth.

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

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