Saturday, August 18, 2018
Outdoors

Captain’s Corner: Cold front will jump-start trout bite

The first real cold front of the year will jump-start the bite for big speckled trout. All fish like the dropping water temperatures. The bite wonít necessarily be best at sunrise and sunset any longer, but it will be during the best tidal movement in the daylight hours. Action for big trout will be good now through early May. Trout require light tackle. You can use ultralight outfits. Go light on the leader line. Go light on the lures. Tempt very big trout by throwing bulky, noisy topwater lures. Use topwater lures in the shallower areas. To be successful with trout, you need to be in areas that have predominantly seagrass bottoms. During extreme low tides, look for trout in the troughs. The rest of the time, stay over the grass. In this region, an angler is allowed four trout 15 to 20 inches. One of the four fish can be longer than 20 inches. Iíll keep only slot fish. Oversize fish are not as good to eat.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.

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