From late Spring into the Fall, red fish schools are a great target for an inshore charter. These bronze bruisers are lots of fun in shallow water.
One of my most productive ways to catch red fish is to use cut bait on the bottom. Scaled sardines and live pin fish also work very well. A major key to a successful red fish trip is to have a high tide in the middle of your trip. It often takes high water to get up on the flats to the red fish. On the flats we use the trolling motor to move around not to spook the fish. Many of the red fish flats are in the “No Motor Zones”. These areas prohibit the use of gas engines in order to protect the natural habitat. The result is that the red fish are not overly pressured by boat traffic. If it was not for these zones, the red fishing in the Tampa Bay area would not be as good as it currently is. Here are few pictures of the reds we catch in the No Motor Zones: