Speckled sea trout is one of the most reliable targets this time of year. The grass flats are empty because of extreme low tides during the day. So the fish move to the edges and deeper grass flats. The nice thing about trout fishing is that no live bait is needed, just a few select artificial baits. A number of lures work well for sea trout but I have a few favorite baits. A red quarter-ounce jig head with eyes painted on it, rigged with a soft plastic tail, is my favorite. My choices of colors for the tails are root beer, white and chartreuse. The tail can be a shrimp lookalike, eel type, paddle-tail grub, or a minnow type with a swimming tail. Trout shake their head vigorously out of the water when they are hooked, so I use Super Glue to keep the tail in place. Topwater plugs are my next favorite. Also, flounder have been a huge surprise this fall while we have targeted trout. Sandholes holding specs have had nice, legal size flounder, which eat the same lures as trout.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.