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Captains corner: Cold water brings seatrout to forefront

What's hot: The gulf water temperature dropped significantly this past week, making speckled seatrout a reliable target. Redfish will be on the move after the passing of a strong cold front and Hurricane Sandy, so seatrout will be my main target for now.

Tactics: Wind can be a friend when targeting seatrout. It allows anglers to set up a drift on a deep grass flat so a large area can be covered. On sunny days, it is easy to locate deep grass. The darker patches are the grassy areas and lighter areas are sandy bottom. I stay away from the sandy bottom; it usually does not produce what you want. All grass flats have "sand holes." I work the edges and middle of these holes. Trout linger on the edges to ambush prey.

Weather: Recent small-craft advisories have led to many canceled charters, so I use the time to catch up on maintenance.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit

Captains corner: Cold water brings seatrout to forefront

11/01/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 7:58pm]
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