Thursday, January 18, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Good weather brings out speckled trout, redfish

What's hot: Finally, with a break from the poor weather, the action for speckled trout and redfish has gotten back into a normal pattern, creating incredible opportunities. This has been the best action for larger redfish and trout since November. With every stretch of good weather, this kind of action should become consistent.

Tackle and techniques: Using medium-spinning tackle with 20-pound fluorocarbon leader, light jig heads and soft plastic tails, make long casts for both. In clear, clean water, longer casts translate into more strikes. The redfish are roaming the shallow flats again; up against the trees at the higher tides and "tailing" on the lowest tides. The trout are generally staying deeper in run-outs, troughs and deeper sea grass areas. Lures presented in a realistic motion but at minimal speed will get struck.

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

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