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Captain's Corner: Cooler weather, water mean good trout, redfish action

What's hot: With the leveling of water temperatures and abundance of baitfish inshore, trout and redfish action is exploding around the Tampa Bay area.

Tackle and techniques: With lower temperatures and cooler water, light spinning tackle for long casts is all that is needed. A length of light fluorocarbon leader tied on to the main line and a 1/8-ounce jighead with 3- to 5-inch soft plastic tails works well. Anglers who work lures at a medium to slow pace will get trout and reds to attack if they select the right fishing locations. Trout are in 4- to 6-foot depths. Redfish are mostly in 2 feet or less, closer to the shoreline. Both species can be found where the sea floor has mostly sea grass with patches of sand mixed in. Keep a "weedless" jighead available for working the shallowest areas that have the thickest turtle grass.

Guide help: Hovering and diving birds tip off anglers to the locations of baitfish schools. Areas that lack a food source will not produce fishing action as well as those that have baitfish schools. Move in quietly to food-source areas, fire off long casts and enjoy the redfish and speckled trout action.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at or (727) 692-6345.

Captain's Corner: Cooler weather, water mean good trout, redfish action 10/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 9:32pm]
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