Help With Reds in Kayak Fishing Talk Posted March 27, 2016 · Report reply ok so i sight fish reds a lottttt. I also just moved to bradenton and have been fishing this area too. I have some kayak experience, but mostly fish from boat. So the disadvantage to yak is that you're sitting low. Is your kayak stable enough to stand in? I had a big tuna, and predator 13 when i had kayaks. I was easily able to stand in those, and i mostly did so while using the paddle or stick anchor to pole myself in the shallows instead of paddle. This made it quiter, and less "water movement" from the push of a paddle on water. Standing allows you to see more too obviously. It takes time on the water to know what you're looking for. They aren't exactly easy to spot. Do you have a quality pair of shades? I use costa 580g green mirror and swear by them. Even then, it take a certain skill to spot more fish. You'll get use to that. A lot of what i look for is also not just the fish. look for water movement. You will get lucky sometimes and see them tailing. Right now I've been killing the flats just fishing grass flats and they'll be on the edge of potholes. Work with the current too. make it easier/quiter on yourself by mostly just floating with the current in your favor. I am a huge zman fan if I'm not using fly. Those on a mission fishing 1/16 or 1/8oz weedless jig head is a killer combo that I have gotten a lot of reds and snook to eat. Im sure you know this, but don't make the lure land on the fishes head when you do see them. That'll spook them. Cast a little past them and it gives you room to work the lure whichever way you want to get the presentation in front of their nose without the landing of the lure spooking the fish. Not directly past them though where the line is reeling over their back. Sight casting with a spook jr might be hard lol. this is where fly fishing is so great for sight casting since the presentation is so light and won't spook the fish as easily. But the spook is tride and true for just fan casting around, etc. i never have good luck with topwater past early morning. So try out a paddle tail with a light jig head. Use a few ft of 20lb fluoro leader, and 10-15lb braid.