What's hot: Redfish are ganging up on schedule. The numbers and sizes of the red drum in the Tampa Bay area will translate to some of the best fall redfishing in recent memory. Expect to regularly connect with upper-slot fish. Redfish regulations haven't changed for a long time. The allowed catch is one fish at least 18 inches and not over 27 inches.
Tackle and techniques: Redfish are still most active in low light, with early morning and late afternoon producing the best results. Assorted lures will work well if moved at a slow, smooth pace. Redfish will also readily strike topwater lures walked in a steady side-to-side manner. Medium-heavy spinning tackle with a 2-foot length of fluorocarbon shock leader and lures attached using a loop knot will get the job done.
Locations: Search for redfish schools against trees and around oyster bars at the higher tides and on sand patches on the grassflats in water that is a 11/2 to 2 feet deep. Take a stealth approach, making as little noise as possible and long casts.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at adventurekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.