What's hot: Trout fishing saved me on several trips last week. Cold fronts coming through every three to four days can make conditions tough, and wind from the north will prevent the tide from coming in. If I can't get on a flat, I resort to drifting for trout. This has kept 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: If the redfish bite is not on, I move and provide numbers of fish. I look for deep grass in 3 to 4 feet of water and go to the upwind edge of the flat to start my drift. Wind will help. If your drift is too fast, use a sea anchor, which is a small parachute that provides resistance in the water. This will slow you and allow you to work the area more effectively. If you have a productive drift, then use the GPS track to arrange another drift in the same area.
Lure: A few jigs that I use provide a lot of action. Flat-tail grubs have great movement that resemble shrimp or crab. Snap the jig and let it fall to the bottom. The action happens when the jig is falling. 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.