What's hot: Speckled sea trout is among the most reliable targets at this time of year. The grass flats are usually empty because of extreme low tides. This causes higher concentrations on the edges and in deeper grass flats that still have water over them, even on the low tide. The nice thing about trout is live bait isn't needed.
Favorite baits: Several lures work well for sea trout. A red quarter-ounce jig head with eyes painted on it and rigged with a soft plastic tail is my favorite. My choices of colors for tails are root beer, white and a color called electric chicken. The tail can be a shrimp look-alike, eel type, paddle tail grub or minnow type with a swimming tail. Trout like to shake their head vigorously out of the water when hooked, so I use super glue to keep the tail in place. Topwater plugs provide an impressive strike on the surface. However, there are a lot of misses. Fish will get lazy and not strike again if they miss it.
Bycatch: Flounder has been a huge surprise this fall while targeting trout in sandholes. There is no special method for catching flounder. They eat the same lures used for trout.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606