Friday, May 25, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Target redfish

What's hot: Redfish schools have invaded the flats around Pinellas Point. On a low tide in the morning, I head to an outer sandbar. The redfish are staged on the edge waiting for the tide to come in. Once the water level rises, the fish move on. When that school slows, I go to my next spot, where I can find the fish on the flat around oyster bars and mangrove shorelines.

Bait: I start early in the morning by throwing my 12-foot cast net under a bridge. I pick the brightest light and throw on the down current side. Scaled sardines, threadfins, pinfish and Spanish sardines have been caught.

Tackle: I like to use a 2/0 circle hook. Redfish have thick skin around their mouth. This allows the hook to grab the corner once the line is tightened. Let the fish pull tight and start to reel. The hook will set itself.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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