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Captain's Corner: Targeting speckled sea trout

Speckled sea trout are one of the most reliable targets this time of year. The grass flats are empty because of extremely low tides during the day. That causes higher concentrations of fish on the edges and in the deeper grass flats that still have water over them. The nice thing about trout fishing is no live bait is needed. I can leave the house with a few select artificial baits and have a great day of fishing. There are a number of lures that work well for sea trout. I've narrowed my artificial baits over the years to a few favorites. A red, quarter-ounce jig head with eyes painted on it, rigged with a soft plastic tail is my favorite. My choice 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 like to shake their head vigorously out of the water when they're hooked so use super glue to keep the tail in place. Top water plugs are my next favorite. They provide an impressive strike on the surface. The only thing bad about top water is there are a lot of misses. Fish get lazy and don't strike again if they miss the plug. Flounder have been a huge surprise this fall while targeting trout. Sand holes holding specs have been producing nice, legal-sized flounder.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

Captain's Corner: Targeting speckled sea trout 11/01/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 1, 2015 7:03pm]
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