The Red Fish bite over the past month has been amazing. For my clients that do not want to tarpon fish, we have been able to land quite a few over the slot bull reds while fishing in Tampa Bay. The bait of choice has been
different every day. Some days live baits are getting all the bites while other days dead bait on circle hook jig heads have been the ticket. Starting early is a must because of the heat.
Bait has been very easy to get…well threadfins have been easy to get. I make sure not over fill my live well with threads because when they get stressed they shed their scales and foul up the live well water. I can handle about ten dozen. I am continually taking the dead baits out of the water and cutting up them for chum. I prefer dead bait for red fish.
While red fish are not as prone to take your line into the mangroves as the snook are, one must, nevertheless, use the strength of the rod to control the fish. If not, the fish will break you off before you know what happens.
Red fish also do not care about fresh or rain water. Right after the recent tropical flooding, the red fish were biting in Tampa Bay even when the water looked brown like lake water.
For those that want the challenge of catching bull reds on light tackle now is the time. While the fish seem to be in smaller pods right now, catching a few of these fish is very exciting.
Give me a call to get in on the action 813-787-0249