What's hot: Opportunities are good for redfish and trout, but actual results vary a great deal. It's all about being in the right place at the right time. The fish have been moving regularly, creating a game of hide-and-seek for Tampa Bay anglers.
Tackle: Use medium light tackle with a light fluorocarbon leader and a precise assortment of lures to conquer either species. For trout, try the longer jerkbait or shrimp-style tails; for redfish, the paddle tail plastic lures. For both, put the tails on jigheads of one-eighth or three-sixteenths ounces. Other subsurface lures such as spoons and suspending twitchbaits are also great choices.
Technique: Locating both species is primarily a shallow water situation. Redfish will be active in 2 feet and shallower, larger trout primarily in 2-3 feet. For both, make long casts, move lures at a steady-to-slow pace and cover a lot of water.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.