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.