Windy conditions made for a rough go at it during last week's RedFly #5. The first two hours proved to be the best chances for catching reds on fly. But higher than predicted water made it even tougher. Redfish were sighted but the windy conditions made catching reds on fly very difficult, as the day progressed. No fish were weighed in by the four teams who fished it.
Early morning seems to be the best time to sight cast redfish along the Eastern shore of Tampa Bay. Redfish are laid up early in the morning along shorelines before moving into the mangroves during the heat of the day. Live shrimp (2/0 circle hook) or DOA shrimp (#426) will score bites from these laid up reds. Stealth is key when trying to get into casting range. Once the tide gets higher, Mirr-O-Lure's Mirro-Dine (17MR-50 and 17MR-CH) or Mirro-Dine XL (27MR-50 and 27MR-CH) will work well for reds and trout. Snook have been making a nice appearance along the sandy shorelines of Tampa Bay. Well placed live shrimp (2/0 circle hook) or DOA shrimp (#426) will take these fish as they are usually cruising the shorelines looking for food. More often than not, they will give up their location by busting on some baitfish that are swimming by.
Northern Sarasota Bay has some great trout action during the early morning topwater bite. Any of the Mirr-O-Lure topwater line up will work....but I always live by the rule: "Big baits, equals big fish." The lower the tide, the better for throwing topwater plugs. On high, early morning tides, Mirro-Dine XL's (27MR-CH and 27MR-50) are really matching the size of the baitfish cruising in and out of the potholes. Smaller-sized, deeper potholes adjacent to the ICW seem to be holding the larger trout (22-26").
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Last edited by Shadowcast; 05-18-11 at 08:13 PM.