What's hot: As in years past, redfish have showed up in the usual hot spots. Large schools of reds are showing up in my "secret" spots that few people know about, so they have low boat traffic.
What to look for: I have spots to fish on a low tide and other places for a high tide. Low-tide spots can be the most difficult to find. Redfish like to have a certain amount of water to swim in, so when it gets too low, they move rapidly to deeper water. I watch a school's movement every time the opportunity arises and pay attention to which direction the fish go when they move off the flat. After years of watching schools of fish, I have put together a theory about their movements and where they are going to go depending on what the tide is doing. Figure that out and you have a secret spot of your own. I found big numbers of fish the past two times I visited my low-tide spots.
Bait: Pinfish have been productive. I use a cork and adjust the depth of the pinfish according to the tide. Pinfish can be found easily on any grass flat.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit www.captainrobgorta.com.