Redfish / Tarpon St. Petersburg Report 6-13-12
<p>The Redfish action continues to be strong with slot to oversized fish being caught around the Tampa Bay area. They are being caught on everything from top water lures, jigs, spoons, live bait and cut bait.
If you can get upwind from them and drift in and set up this will leave them comfortable and willing to feed. With the wind at your back you will be able to make longer casts so that you can stay further away from the fish and catch more of them.
All of the baits mentioned will catch redfish but cut bait has been the ticket lately but don't be afraid to mix it up, it can result in a higher catch amount.
Cut baits can range from pinfish and scaled sardines to ladyfish and mullet but don't count out a live pinfish or live scaled sardine under a cork it can be deadly.
When using cut bait on the bottom I try to use no weight if the area will allow this. I like for the redfish to be able to pick up the bait and not have anything dragging on the line. Be patient with the hit, let them really get a hold of the bait before you try to get hooked up. The rod holder works great for this type of fishing. Remember this is cut bait let it sit and they will find it by keying in on the scent.
If your using a live bait under a cork set the depth so that the bait is just above the grass as to make the bait try to get to the grass for cover but it cant reach it, which will make the bait very active causing the redfish to be attracted to it.
Areas that are holding redfish are Weedon Island, Tierra Verde, Fort Desoto and the South shore to name a few. Look for oyster bars, spoil islands and grassy areas with many sand holes.
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Tarpon are also in full swing on the beaches and along the Skyway and Gandy bridges. Live baits of choice are crabs, threadfin herring and pinfish. Cut baits on the bottom that are good would be shad, threadfin herring, mullet and ladyfish.
If you are fishing the beaches or an outgoing tide crab flush be courteous to your fellow anglers and if someone is hooked up give them the right of way. If you get hooked up try to get on top of your fish as soon as possible not to have to much line out through a weave of boats.
About The Author: Captain George Hastick
Company: Fish Hunter Fishing Charters
Area Reporting: St Petersburg, Florida
Bio: Capt. George Hastick ( The Fish Hunter) has been fishing the waters of Tampa Bay and the local area for over 20 years and has been professionally guiding for Ten years.George's passion for fishing started at the young age of 5 and has grown into an obsession that he loves to share with everyone he meets. Capt. George has a friendly personality and treats everyone he meets as if you have been fishing friends for years.He knows, not just the fishing but the whole experience has to be great, from when you step on the boat till you step off the boat he will make your experience one to remember.When your charter is done he will add you to his fishing website photo album, send you a personalized memento and pictures.Along with possibly getting your photo in a magazine or paper if you would like that. Capt. George Hastick has been on the nationally seen TV show Sling N' Bait and has been in Local Angler magazine frequently. He also does regular fishing seminars at west Marine and Boaters World. Along with that he gives regular fishing reports to internet fishing sites, pay sites and a few local papers.