||Tampa Redfish Fishing can be great
almost year round due to the water temp in this area, these
fish are not as affected by cold water and therefore even in the
winter the fish are active and feeding on the shallower grass flats.
||The spring is the best time to fish and find schools of fish
actively feeding, these fish tailing on the flats. During the winter
they are not as aggressive and active but they still bite and are
found in the same areas. They move up onto the flats when the tide
is coming in and during the mid day due to the heat of the water.
||White baits, cut sardines and even shrimp are a good choice for
live bait. if you find a location that typically holds a lot of
redfish then using cut bait to chum the waters will really help
localize the scattered fish. They will feed near schools of mullet
and they are found of just about any kind of creature they find to
eat. Crustaceans are a mainstay of them on the flats. 15-20lb
test line should be tough enough to fight in a keeper sized
Redfish using a Monofilament leader will work best and set
your drag correctly to fight the fish and keep your line from
snapping. *Florida Record: 51 lbs, 8 oz.
||Gold Spoons, Soft Jigs, Penny colored GULP SHRIMP and small
swimming baits work great for redfish.
||Winter: ON the flats tailing. Tailing is when they are nose down
in the grass looking for food and they are in such shallow water
that their tail sticks out and they are very visible to fisherman.
This also happens in the spring and early summer. Here in the Tampa
Area the Flats near Ft. Desoto are always a good bet and some of the
flats on the East side of Caladesi Island hold a lot of Redfish.
* The Florida records quoted are from
the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication,
Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The
records are provided as only as a benchmark.