What's hot: Sight-casting for tailing redfish around the Tampa Bay region is a great option for anglers who have the right targeting plan, knowledge, skills and luck.
Techniques: The right targeting plan usually involves going on the lower tides — the last of an outgoing tide or the first third of an incoming. Redfish tails will pop up in areas that have only inches of water, making access tough for a lot of anglers. Target areas that are dry at low tide. Reds will move onto those areas to forage for stunned crabs and shrimp that didn't get to deeper water on the low tide
Tackle: It's difficult to get reds' attention when their heads are half-buried in mud and they are digging in to get their meal. Soft plastic lures rigged weedless are a great option. Make casts well past and off to a side of the tail, then work the lure back to the location of the fish. Pausing when the lure reaches the location often gets their attention. Lifting the rod tip to restart the swimming motion often gets a strike. Scented lures or a live shrimp usually works.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.