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Captain's Corner: Return of baitfish helps redfish action

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor

What's hot: Redfish action is reaching peak with great numbers of slot redfish attacking lures across the region. The return of baitfish to the shallows kicked off easy action on these hard-pulling fish.

Tackle and techniques: Medium-spinning tackle with a rod strength of "Medium Power, Fast Action" is my favorite setup. Lure choices are eighth-ounce jig heads with paddle tails, gold or silver spoons, suspending twitchbaits or topwater lures. Use 2-3 feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. Make maximum length casts, and move the lures at slow to moderate speed. Stay with the fish until they actively feed. Their feed cycles are not always predictable. Stay in water 2 feet or shallower. At high tides, the fish will be against the mangrove shoreline. At low tides, the fish might wave their tails in the shallowest turtle grass. Keep a weedless jig head available for this situation. If topwater lures are your thing, let the redfish roll on the lure. When you feel weight, reel until the rod tip bends. Anglers may possess one redfish of 18-27 inches.

Tip: Make your personal "lower slot" about 22 inches.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.

Captain's Corner: Return of baitfish helps redfish action 05/07/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:44pm]
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