What's hot: Redfish schools have invaded the flats around Pinellas Point. On a low tide in the morning, look for a school near an outer sandbar. These fish are on the edge waiting for the tide to come in. Once the water level rises, the fish will move onto the flat and that is the best chance to target them.
Bait: Scales sardines, threadfins, pinfish, and Spanish sardines can be caught in a net early in the morning. I stopped throwing live bait chum because the birds will dive in to steal our baits and spook the game fish.
Tactics: Use a 2/0 circle hook when targeting reds, which have thick skin around the mouth; The circle hook will grab the corner of the mouth once the line is tightened. Do not set the hook with a jerk, let the fish pull the line tight and just start reeling. The hook will set itself. If you set the hook, you will pull the hook out of the fish's mouth because of the bend on the point.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit www.captainrobgorta.com.