I spend quite a bit of time on Redington Beach. The place I stay is about a half mile north of the pier. With the family it is a little more convenient to surf fish rather than fish the pier. Any suggestions on bait, rigs, hook size/type, times, tides, etc.?
I do most of my fishing in fresh water, so saltwater is a little foreign to me. I've also done some Red fishing out over oyster bars.
I've tried a little bottom-fishing with squid but didn't have much luck. I may not be getting the cast out far enough. Most of my cast end up in the deeper water between the beach and the sandbar.
If you want to travel a little, try the last bridge west on the highway 60 causeway going to Clearwater. Fish the N.E. side of bridge, some nice holes near the 2nd or 3rd row of pile-ons just north of bridge. Stayed out of town a few years back and did real well out there. Black drum on crabs to 30 lbs, smaller red drum, trout and snook on artificials. Lot of sheephead on smaller crabs around pile-ons. Even caught 1 spanish mackeral, decent size, there.
Yea, its right near the drive on beaches but on the other side with the rocks. If you drive west on 60 it's the last entrance before the last bridge. It's one way. Get on that, go under the bridge and park. I always fished on the north side of the bridge and had better luck wading until water was about waste high. Throw towards the pile-ons for Black drum and sheephead and in that whole vicinity for others. Bait shop about 1 to 1 1/2 miles further west on the left. Will probably give you better info. Smooth casting
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