Sunday, April 22, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Colder weather brings big trout

Cooling water means big wintertime trout. Catches of trout more than 20 inches are going to be very common throughout the next five months. Big trout put a deeper bend in the rod and put up a pretty good fight. Light gear is adequate. Light leaders are a good choice, but 20 pound will hold up better than lighter choices. Lures are all you need for catching trout. There are dozens of choices but keeping it simple: Use a combination of topwater lures and soft plastic jigs. When the fish are aggressive they will crash the noisy topwater lures. If they are more lethargic, the jigs, on 1/8-ounce jigheads moved at a very slow pace will get the strikes and hook-ups. Finding trout is not difficult. Choose grass bottom areas with depth of 2 to 7 feet. The largest trout are normally caught in the shallower areas. When you locate a good fish there should be more in the same location.

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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