What's hot: Redfish are circulating in the shallows, eating pretty much anything they see. With the upcoming exceptional tides, this is a great time to catch them on artificial lures. It is also a perfect time for other accidental catches in the shallows.
Tackle and techniques: Medium spinning gear with a short length of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader line and very light jigs or topwater lures will entice strikes. Three-inch plastic paddle tails on one-eighth ounce jigheads or five-inch jerkbait-style tails on weedless jigheads are excellent choices. Target areas with grass, sand and mud bottom in depths of 11/2 feet or less. A quiet approach and long casts are critical. Move lures at a steady, slow pace. The strike is distinct and a mild hookset will translate to a great battle. Bycatch will include massive speckled trout and abundant flounder. The setup for a fantastic year of flounder fishing is obvious. The populations and sizes of all three species is a great equation all year.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.