What's hot: This has been the best week for redfish this year, and next week should be better. The best bite has been on the higher parts of a rising tide.
Tips: With the water still relatively clear, keeping as far away from the reds and scaling down tackle have been key. Try either a free-lined rig or under a cork, both rigged with 10-15-pound fluorocarbon leader and size 1 or 1/0 circle hook. Nose-hooked sardines have produced, but a pinfish with clipped fins has helped coax larger, overslot redfish. Birds are usually a good sign and an indicator of predatory fish. Unfortunately, they've been nothing but pests lately. I've had more success not chumming. The birds have been more aggressive eating our chummers. The bigger problem is their presence. Redfish and fish have been programmed from birth to view birds as predators.
Matt Santiago can be reached at (813) 205-2327, firstname.lastname@example.org and fishingguidetampa.com.