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Captain's Corner: Use mullet to find redfish

Doug Hemmer

Doug Hemmer

What's hot: Redfish are hanging with mullet during lower tides. Find the mullet during high tide and watch where they head as the tide falls. Get in front of the schools and let them come to you. The reds will move in but may be hard to see. Place baits where mullet are moving through and wait for the reds to strike. As the tide gets to its lowest point, the tails and wakes will become visible.

Tackle: Scented soft plastic jigs, topwater plugs and gold spoons have been the best artificial baits. Threadfin herring and pinfish under a cork are the live baits of choice. Cut mullet works great if the redfish find it before the pinfish eat the bait.

Tips: A few large schools of reds are working the area. They have been feeding hard when not spooked. A passing boat or personal watercraft will send them in the opposite direction of the noise. When this happens, watch the school's wake until it subsides. Often you'll find them close to that area.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captain's Corner: Use mullet to find redfish 07/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:00pm]
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