Trout have been my most productive target this year. Cold fronts and cooler water temperatures make conditions difficult to target snook and reds. Redfish are unaffected by colder water, but the conditions make them hard to target. Strong winds from passing cold fronts make it extremely tough to target fish in shallow water. The wave action causes water to slap the hull, making noise that spooks the reds long before you see them. I use the windy conditions to take advantage of trout fishing. I use my bottom machine to locate grass flats in 3 to 5 feet of water. I motor to the edge of the grass flat upwind and deploy a sea anchor.The anchor slows my drift and allows for a more effective coverage of the area. If I have a good drift, I run back upwind and use my GPS track to arrange the next drift. The Fort De Soto area has a lot of sandbars, so I target the edges of these areas. The Dunedin area has a lot of spoil islands, so I bounce from island to island looking for fish. Light tackle can make trout fishing more enjoyable. My favorite is 10-braided line (size of 2-pound diameter) with 20-pound camouflage leader and quarter-ounce red jig head with a soft plastic lure. Root beer and white are my favorite plastic tail colors.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.