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Captain's Corner: Watch the tide for redfish

What's hot: Large redfish schools are active in the Pinellas Point area. I have spots for low and high tides. Low tide spots can be more difficult to find. Redfish like to have a certain amount of water to swim in. When it gets too low, they move. I pay attention to which direction they fall off the flat. After years of watching schools, I have a theory of where they will go based on what the tide is doing. Figure that out, and you have a low tide spot of your own. The past two times I have hit my low tide spots have yielded big numbers.

Bait: Water level is critical. In low tides, reds will spook easily. So a light presentation is needed. Shrimp will provide that, or use a soft plastic rigged Texas style for a weedless setup. In higher tides, reds are less likely to be spooked and will eat just about any bait.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit

Captain's Corner: Watch the tide for redfish 09/01/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 1, 2013 5:54pm]
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