What's hot: A change of seasons has become obvious, with cool air at night and quickly dropping water temperatures. This time can be tricky, or especially productive. Weather can alter seasonal predictability for fishing trends.
Tips: Spotted sea trout are starting to clump up in potholes adjacent to grass flats and in some residential canals. This is the time of year you can have fun with them. They are relatively easy to catch.
Tactics: On warm days, trout will be on the flats, especially in the afternoon. During mornings, they will be in deeper areas, progressively thickening as the water continues to cool.
Tackle: Soft plastic jigs are deadly on fall trout. As sardines get harder to catch, artificial stuff is the way to go. It really saves time and sometimes is way more productive. For cool-water trout, fish very slowly with light tackle. This will increase the strike-to-score ratio considerably. Weather changes happen quickly this time of year, so check the marine forecast.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email [email protected] or visit snookfish.com.