What's hot: Trout and redfish continue to provide light-tackle action inshore. Trout have been caught on artificial lures, while large schools of redfish are starting to work their way back onto the flats. This marks the start of the redfish season, with higher tides in the afternoon making it easier to get close to the fish.
Tactics: In the mornings on the low tides, I work the edges of sandbars around Pinellas Point. Casting quarter-ounce jigs rigged with soft, plastic tails has produced many species. Trout, bluefish, ladyfish, pompano and jacks have provided fast action. Work as much water as possible. When the tide gets high enough, I work my way slowly onto the flats looking for redfish. Clear water and lower tides can make reds spooky, so I wait for them to come to me as the tide rises. If fish run into the bait on their own, they almost always eat what is offered. Once the tide nears its high point, I target proven spots.
Bait: Redfish eat almost anything when presented right. If the tide is low, I like shrimp, which casts easy and lands softly. At high tide, it's pinfish, greenbacks, whitebaits, finger mullet and creek chubs.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.