What's hot: Speckled sea trout is a reliable target this time of year. Grass flats are usually empty because of extreme low tides, so more fish will be on the edges and in deeper grass flats that still have water over them on low tide. The nice thing about trout fishing is that no live bait is needed.
Favorite baits: Many lures work well for sea trout. A red quarter-ounce jig head with eyes painted on, rigged with a soft plastic tail, is my favorite.. My choices of colors for tails are root beer, white and chartreuse. The tail can be a shrimp lookalike, eel-type, paddle tail grub or minnow-type with a swimming tail. When trout are hooked, they like to shake their head vigorously when they are out of the water, so I use superglue to keep the tail in place, hoping for more use out of it.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 647-7606 or go to captainrobgorta.com.