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

Captain's Corner: Mine the mullet schools for big trout

What's hot: During the higher tides, trout hang in the mullet schools closest to the swash islands. Work the drop-off on the edge of the flats until the water is deep enough to get on the flats. Next, look for mullet jumping close to the island. With the sun at your back, slowly move within casting range of the mullet. Cast into the school and keep your rod tip high so the jig won't get snagged in the grass. The larger trout like to hang in the mullet schools for protection from dolphins. Stay with the mullet to have a shot at the larger trout.

Tackle: Light lines will give you greater casting distance. This is important because the mullet in shallow water won't let you get too close to the school. We use small jigs in the root beer or motor oil color. MirrOlure, Love's Lure and Tsunami jigs are working best. Work the jigs as slow as possible but fast enough to keep them out of the grass.

Pro tip: Some trout are well over 20 inches. Release the larger trout, which are the females that supply our area with future fish. Trout tend to stay near an area, so release the breeders, and our area will continue to have a strong trout population.

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

Captain's Corner: Mine the mullet schools for big trout 02/20/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane

    Bucs

    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.
  2. Lightning opens day two of draft by taking Russian forwards

    Blogs

    After taking a big, right-shot defenseman in the first round, the Lightning's second day of the NHL Draft was headlined by a couple skilled Russian forwards.

  3. Kids still playing for all the marbles — literally

    Human Interest

    In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it's easy to become jaded.

    Eli Murphy, right, leans in to give Sierra Ricci the traditional king and queen kiss at the National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J. Both of Allegheny County Pa., they won the girls and boys championship of the 94th annual National Marbles Tournament. [Associated Press]
  4. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.