Cooler weather should bunch up big trout like we typically see this time of year. Look for flats that slowly transition from sand bottom to sparse grass to hold schools. In the morning, trout will usually be holding deep out in the sand and can be caught on soft plastics rigged on a jig head. As the sun warms the grass bottom in the afternoon, trout will move up to the edge of the grass or the sandy potholes just inside it. These fish respond well to a lightly weighted weedless jerk bait. The beaches from Johnís Pass north to Indian Shores have been holding plenty of silver trout. Drifting with the wind and tide while bouncing brightly colored soft-plastic jigs off the bottom is a great way to find them. When itís too rough to drift fish, use your bottom machine to help find trout. Typically the schools will be holding near the bottom in 8 to 15 feet.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at flatsmonster.com.