Silver rush: Silver trout are here now, and the action typically peaks this month. Look for them with a bottom machine schooling over natural hard-bottom areas just off the beaches. Begin your search around clusters of crab trap buoys, as they are generally placed around the same type of structure that the silver trout prefer. Productive depths range from 12 to 20 feet, with the zone at 14 feet a traditional favorite.
Take the kids: Silver trout fishing is perfect for kids because of its simplicity combined with the uniqueness of catching two at a time on many occasions. Silver trout fishing also provides a learning opportunity, with plenty of casting practice and a chance to work an artificial lure with success.
Technique: No live bait required. Plastic tail jigs with ¼-ounce lead heads is all that's needed. Once the fish have been located, drift through the area and make long casts ahead of the boat. Allow the jig to sink to the bottom, then retrieve it slowly with short hops. To try for a double rig two jigs in tandem about 18 inches apart. Silver trout don't get real big, but they are in abundance.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] or (727)510-1009.