Speckled trout are getting very easy to catch, with the larger fish more active than they were through the summertime months. It is not difficult to catch a good number of legal-sized fish. Targeting trout is not difficult, and they are a fun species to catch. They are our most cooperative species. Use medium to light spinning outfits and use the lures of your choice. We use a lot of plastic tails on one-eighth-ounce jigheads. Paddle tails are excellent, but shrimp imitations are also a great choice. Topwater lures also work extremely well, particularly for the biggest trout. With light outfits you can make long casts to work a lot of water. Trout are usually located over sea grass, and they're normally in depths of 2 feet or more. The pace of your lure is critical. Moody trout can be caught if the lures are moved at a painfully slow speed. Learning to fight the fish with a gentler technique means catching more of the fish that are just barely hooked. The limit per angler is four fish (South Region) at 15-20 inches, but one of your four trout can be more 20 inches.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.