What's hot: Excellent catches of speckled trout are coming during low-light hours. Early morning or sunset outings produce the best results with action slower when the sun is high in the sky. These larger trout fight with a great deal more energy than the smaller fish, pulling out more line after being hooked.
Tackle: Trout eat a variety of offerings. But all you need to trick them is a light jighead, 1/8-3/16 ounces with a soft plastic tail. Medium to light spinning tackle with a light fluorocarbon leader is all you need.
Technique: Locating trout is simply a matter of drifting across the grassy-bottom areas. Most schools are in 3 feet or deeper. Dropoffs and areas with sand patches are ideal. Quietly anchor once a school is found. Make long casts, and sink the lure near the bottom. Swim your baits straight and smooth just above the bottom, and the trout strike when they see them. Bending down the barb on your jighead hooks makes the release of undersized, oversized or unwanted fish easier. The biggest trout are not as appealing to eat and more likely to be full of eggs. The smaller, slot fish, 15-20 inches, are much better for eating. The limit per angler is four per day.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.