Monday, November 20, 2017
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Captain's Corner: Redfish still plentiful inshore

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Redfish continue to be the top inshore species. Low tides in the fall have redfish holding on the edges of flats, waiting for the tide to flood. I have located three to four schools in the Pinellas Point area that I can target on a daily basis. I have been starting a little later in the morning, so I can locate the school before spooking them. The angle of the morning sun is so low that it makes it difficult to locate the school so take extreme caution in approaching the area. Low tides with clear water have redfish very wary. Once they're spooked, they're hard to get to take any bait. If I don't see any fish, or I end up spooking them, I move on to the next area where I think the next school may be. When the tide level floods enough to fill the flats, I move into the usual areas on the flats to find schools. Deep grass flats in the ranges of 4-5 feet also have been holding big numbers of redfish. Locate fish by constantly working the area. The south county area receives a heavy amount of pressure on redfish schools, which have these schools resorting to deeper water. The unseasonably warm weather this fall has allowed me to catch scaled sardines with ease. I start before sunrise and throw my quarter-inch cast net underneath the brightest streetlights on a bridge. The small mesh net prevents smaller baits from getting caught. If I don't get enough bait, I move to the next light.

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

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