Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captains corner: Fish deeper water, slowly, for seatrout

What's hot: Today marks the start of trout season in the South Zone, which is the area south of a line extending west from the Fred Howard Park Causeway in gulf waters. The statewide slot limit is 15 to 20 inches. South Zone anglers can keep four trout per day with one of the four being more than 20 inches. It's best to not keep the trout longer than 22 inches. The larger trout are breeder females full of roe. They are the ones that will restock the area.

Where to look: The recent cold front dropped the water temperature enough to push the trout into deeper water. We have been finding good numbers of big trout in 4 feet of water. Normally these large trout will stay closer to the drop-off of the flats. When the water temperature drops fast enough it will push the trout into deeper water that's more comfortable to stay in. Look for areas that have a mixture of grass and sand. Fish the 4-foot depths early in the day. In the late afternoon fish the 3-foot zone.

Tackle, tactics: Use light rods rigged with a small motor-oil or strawberry-colored jig. Keep the jig close to the bottom and slowly retrieve it until you feel the bump of a strike. Even if you think you're working the lure slow, slow it down some more.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captains corner: Fish deeper water, slowly, for seatrout 12/31/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 7:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.