Negative low tide producing Redfish!

This past week we had an early negative low tide, perfect to drop the yak in and fish for Reds. I took out a dozen shrimp and a few different colored plastics I like in the winter. I planned on scouting Reds either tailing or pushing water on the flats. As I moved out onto the flat, I was instantly gratified by seeing a bunch of single Reds pushing wakes and leaving evidence of Redfish with trails of dust. It took a lot of work from that point, they were not feeding. The water was starting to move incoming by now and I saw a small Red follow in and miss my white paddletail. One of the next few casts I hit a school of 10 bruiser Redfish in the nose and it was on. The fish in this school were all in formation facing into the tide and in a larger group than all the singles I saw all morning. Every flat I scout has single fish scattered throughout in the grass, sand mixture bottoms. Although the fishing isn't going off I see a very good spring coming for us in Tampa Bay. I continued this same pattern of slow fishing and taking my time a few days last week working the the lower stages of both tides.

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  • ElkchaserElkchaser Posts: 180 Deckhand
    Great report. Bruiser reds. I am seeing the same in UTB/Safety Harbor. Not catching though.
  • linesider 159linesider 159 Posts: 828 Officer
    Elkchaser wrote: »
    Great report. Bruiser reds. I am seeing the same in UTB/Safety Harbor. Not catching though.
    There are a lot of fish there right now, you just need to find them. This winter has been insane, never seen so many reds grouped up in the winter
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