What's hot: Making surface noise using walk-the-dog or chugging lures seems to be what works in backcountry bayous. Redfish, snook and trout are going to be active this week just before and after the new moon, which is providing strong outgoing tides. Because most of our bayous are fairly shallow, topwater lures provide hair-raising action when attacked by a hungry redfish or a snook.
Techniques: The best time is at a high tide and when it's beginning to go out. The new moon provides afternoon tides with lots of action. Don't get caught high and dry in your boat waiting for high tide to come back in.
Tips: Topwater plugs that have a walk-the-dog action and a rattle seem to attract redfish and snook. Start with topwater, then change to a midrange once the sun and tide are high, such as a spoon. Have two rods rigged and ready. When a redfish misses the topwater, quickly cast a spoon where the hit was.
Jackie Otto can be reached at Betts Fishing Center (727) 518-7637 or firstname.lastname@example.org