What's hot: Finally, cool air arrives and water temperature drops — here come the big trout. The action faded in mid December with warmer water than normal. The temperature drop brings these fish in and they will be active for months.
Tackle and techniques: Trout are a light-tackle species. There is no reason to use anything but artificial lures tied on light fluorocarbon leaders. Light tackle makes it easy to cast long and cover a lot of water. Lures moved at a slow, gentle pace get eaten. That pace also prevents gut-hooking a lot of fish. The colder the water, the more important that lure speed is minimal.
Tip: Weather factors into locating trout. With extended periods of cold they abandon shallow grassy areas and seek canals and channels. During milder weather they return to grassflats and depths of 11/2 to 6 feet.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.