Redfish schools are getting large in the lower parts of Tampa Bay. Wind direction and water height play a big role in finding a school. A strong wind out of the north will make the tide much lower than predicted. It will also keep the incoming tide from reaching its highest point. There are a few areas to target a school during these low tides. They get a bit crowded with anglers, but if you come into the area slowly and wait for the bite to start, you'll have a good chance. A 7- to 8-foot rod with a reel spooled with 10- to 15-pound braided line will give you a long cast, getting close to the reds without spooking the school. Reds in some areas will respond to live chumming. When they do, free-line the baits. In other spots, reds respond to cut bait. Try a few live whitebaits tossed near the school. If the reds strike the free-swimming baits, throw a few more into the school. Don't over-chum, it will attract the birds that dive in and spook the school of reds into leaving.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.