Sunday, April 22, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Cold front jump-starts trout, redfish action

The drop in water temperature with this latest front will jump-start all species. For inshore anglers, action for trout and redfish will be outstanding. Fish will be fighting harder with the temperature change and will be feeding extremely well. It's easy to target trout and redfish on the same trip. Redfish are predominantly found in water less than 2 feet deep. This time of year the biggest trout are in the same locations. Hordes of smaller trout are over the deeper grass. On higher tides, search close to the mangrove shorelines. Both species eat a variety of natural and artificial baits. Lure users, use the light (⅛-ounce) jigs in the paddle-tail variety for redfish. For trout, utilize topwater lures and soft-plastic jerk bait-style tails. Medium outfits are adequate, rigged with a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. Work to achieve an attractive, slow presentation of lures for best results.

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

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