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Captains Corner: Check spoil island areas for large seatrout

Tyson Wallerstein

Tyson Wallerstein

What's hot: Good weather and good tides have helped improve fishing in northern Pinellas. Seatrout, flounder and sheapshead have all been cooperating, responding to both live shrimp and scaled sardines.

Tips: The cold has gotten large seatrout schooled up in their winter haunts. Spoil islands offer the habitat: rocky/shell bottom with nearby deep grass. Look for the trout to move onto the shell bottom with the warm afternoon incoming tide.

Tactics: Free-line live pilchards or select shrimp with an upcurrent drift. Use 7½-foot rods with light line and light leaders to draw attention from the larger fish. Soft, plastic jigs also work. Fishing natural shrimp colors on a quarter-ounce jig head bounced off the bottom is great to locate schools.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at

Captains Corner: Check spoil island areas for large seatrout 12/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 9:20pm]
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