What's hot: Trout saved me a few times last week. Cold fronts coming through every 3-4 days make conditions tough. Windy conditions out of the north hold up the tide, preventing it from coming in. If I cannot get on a flat, then I resort to drifting for trout. This has been keeping clients busy with fast action. Ladyfish, bluefish and trout have been caught in the same areas. All of my low-tide areas that normally hold redfish have produced only a few fish.
Tactics: I have learned that if the redfish bite is not on, then move on. I look for deep grass in 3-4 feet. I start on the upwind edge of the flat and start my drift. Wind helps me work the area. If your drift is too fast, then deploy a sea anchor (a small parachute that provides resistance). This slows you down and allows you to work the area more effectively. If you have a productive drift, then use your GPS to arrange another drift in the same area.
Lure: I have a few jigs that provide a lot of action. Flat-tail grubs have great movement that resembles shrimp and crabs. Snap the jig and let it fall to the bottom. Fish hit the jig on the fall 90 percent of the time.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.