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By Neil Taylor, Times Correspondent
Published February 10, 2008
What's hot: Redfish are on the prowl in numbers that resemble what we would normally see in the fall. In addition to great numbers of the slot-sized fish, many of the overslot breeders have been seen pushing up huge wakes moving across the flats. Once the redfish are in a feeding mode, it has not been unusual to connect on 10 or more of them in a single location.
Approach: Redfish are prone to spooking. A quiet, low-profile approach is critical. Positioning yourself in a location to make long casts will lead to more strikes. If possible, get the wind at your back to add distance to your casts.
Tackle and techniques: Medium-heavy spinning tackle and soft plastic jigs are versatile outfits for catching redfish. If you find the oversize fish on the move and they won't eat a lure or live bait offering, consider tossing a small fly pattern. The smaller fly matches the size of the masses of tiny baitfish in our coastal waters. When these fish move onto a flat and spread out to feed, it is the best time to get them to eat a jig or lure. A shrimp or a silver-dollar-sized pinfish is another effective offering if the fish aren't being caught on the artificial lures.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at (727) 692-6345.