Sunday, May 20, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Find grass flats with water

What's hot: Most grass flats are empty because of extreme low tides. These tides cause higher concentrations of fish on the edges and in deeper grass flats that have water over them.

Tackle: Several lures work great for sea trout. My favorite is a red quarter-ounce jig head with eyes painted on it and rigged with a soft plastic tail. A heavier jig sinks too fast, and a lighter jig cannot be cast as far. So I have grown to like a quarter-ounce jig head. My choice of colors for tails are root beer, white, electric chicken and chartreuse. The tail can be a shrimp look-alike, an eel type, a paddle tail grub or a minnow type with a swimming tail.

Tips: Trout like to shake their heads vigorously out of the water when hooked, so I use Super Glue to keep the lure's tail in place. Topwater plugs, which make an impressive strike on the surface, are my next-favorite lure. Their only bad facet is the high number of misses they create. Fish get lazy and won't strike again if they miss the plug. I like to remove the front treble hook. This keeps the lure from snagging the main line and provides an easier release.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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