What's hot: September is one of the best months to target redfish. It's common to find several schools in south Pinellas County. The key to success is to be as quiet as possible. Fish adapt and realize when trouble is around. Redfish sense when boats are approaching long before they are seen and will move away.
How to approach: 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. I have seen schools break up and disappear in a blink of an eye. Try to figure out what direction the school wants to travel, place your bait in front of it and hope for the best.
Tackle: I like to use 10-pound braided tackle when targeting reds. The braided line allows me to set up with the wind behind my back and make long casts. The farther away I can stay from the fish, the better. Twenty-pound camouflage leader with a 2/0 circle hook will provide just about a 100 percent hookup ratio. A circle hook is designed to slowly set itself. When the line comes tight, the hook slides into the corner of the fish's mouth.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.