Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Check sea grass for trout

Schooled up: Massive schools of oversized breeder trout are in all the usual winter spots. Northerly winds push water off shallow flats, exposing vast areas of sea grass dotted with hidden potholes. As the tide drops out, these big schools will congregate in the deeper sandy holes. They are also on deeper grass flats adjacent to shallower flats.

Ecosystem: Sea grass provides food, habitat and nursery areas for countless adult and juvenile trout. An acre of sea grass will support thousands of predator fish, along with the fish and crustaceans they feed upon.

Tactics: At the bottom of the tide, look for trout to be grouped up in sandy potholes, along rocky sea floor, and all over deeper grass flats. As the tide rises, trout will move onto shallow flats to feed. When targeting these big trout in shallow water, make long, accurate casts and use a stealthy approach. A float that suspends your bait just above the top of the grass might be necessary when fishing shallow.

Hardware: Trout can be fished with a variety of live baits, artificials or a combination. Some live baits that work well for trout this time of year include shrimp, pinfish and finger mullet. When picking artificials, try ones that mimic those live baits such as a lightweight jig or a plug that resembles a mullet.

Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at capt.seth@yahoo.com and (727) 385-0382.

Captain's Corner: Check sea grass for trout 01/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 21, 2012 7:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida beats LSU, wins first College World Series title

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — Maybe this wasn't Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. It is, however, his first national championship team.

    UF’s Nelson Maldonado, left, and Deacon Liput high-five after a run scores.
  2. As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal

    College

    In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas campus.

  3. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up

    Blogs

    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.