What's hot: Winds are making it hard for redfish to settle into a spring pattern. But action can be found in wind-protected areas.
Tackle and techniques: The grass flats just outside of creeks, rivers and canals, in 2 feet, are usually the best places to search for redfish. Medium-spinning tackle with a lure of one-eighth ounce and 3-inch paddle tail is best. Darker colors are working better than the flashy or lighter ones, but don't be afraid to throw something gold. Make long casts and finesse the lure slowly, keeping it close to the bottom but without snagging on the sea grass. Lures moved too rapidly are less likely to be eaten. In tougher, sea grass situations, change to a weedless jighead.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.