What's hot: Fishing for redfish during the right tide has been productive. The best tide is a slack tide after midnight in the 1.5-foot range. This allows reds to move onto the flats before sunrise. They feed best during the incoming tide. This lasts until the tide peaks and starts to go out. During the outgoing tide the reds move to the drop-offs. This makes them harder to target. A moving school is slow to feed and when a fish is caught, the rest will be long gone by the time that hooked fish is landed.
Baits: The best baits have been cut pinfish and threadfins. Try to place the bait in front of the moving school. Casting into the school spooks them into swimming faster. When fishing before sunup, work a topwater plug along the edge of the school.
Tip: Keep the wind at your back to allow for longer casts.
Best bets: Filling the live well with small whitebait and anchoring over the grass in 6 feet of water will produce trout, sharks, blues and mackerel. Chum the area with live bait during a moving tide for the best action. Use a frozen chum block to keep the fish that come to the live chum from leaving the area. Rig the rods with 30-pound monofilament leader and a long-shank hook to draw the most strikes.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.