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Captains Corner: Big trout roaming the flats drop-offs

What's hot: Speckled trout have provided nonstop action nearly any time of day. Fat, "slot size" trout (15-20 inches) are plentiful, and trout to 25 inches are being caught regularly.

Tackle: For the best results and the most fun, go lighter on the tackle, rod and reel. Medium to light spinning outfits with a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader are adequate. Trout eat natural baits, but they also are easy to catch on artificial lures. Use 1/8- to 1/4-ounce jigheads with 3- to 5-inch plastic tails. Use the heavier jigheads when working depths greater than 5 feet.

Technique: A great way to identify locations for future outings is to drift grassy areas until trout are found. Areas where shallow flats drop off into deeper water are usually productive. When fish are located, anchor up. Make long casts and keep the lure moving slowly near the bottom. To catch the largest trout, target the shallower areas on rising tides, and don't be surprised if redfish and trout are caught in the same locations. For easy release, mash down the barbs on the jighead hooks. Use a smooth fighting technique and fewer fish will be lost, plus it is easier to release the fish quickly.

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

Captains Corner: Big trout roaming the flats drop-offs 03/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 7:54pm]
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