When searching for redfish in the shallows, use mullet as an indicator. Mullet are easier to see than reds because of their jumping and the way they shake the water's surface when in tight schools. Reds tend to move with mullet on tide changes, and that gives you clues about whether to fish close under mangroves or staged out across an open flat. When large concentrations of mullet are found but reds can't be seen, blind fishing can still be effective. Cast a spread of cut bait on the perimeter of the mullet and place the rod in a holder. The reds will find the cut offering using scent and pick the bait up. When fishing with this method, it is necessary to check the bait every few minutes because pinfish and crabs will take advantage of the easy snack. When reds can be seen, casting precision becomes critical. Bait splashing down in the middle of the school will often spook them. Bait cast directly on top of them will surely spook them. Placing the bait well ahead of the reds allows them to find it on their own. Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters in the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at email@example.com and (727) 510-1009.