What's hot: In April, when warm south winds blow and the barometer drops, it's a sure sign of an approaching cold front from the north. For savvy anglers, it's also a sign to head to the shallow grass flats for speckled trout action.
Such was the case recently when the Gerdes family— Charlie V., and his sons, John, Rob and Charlie W. — caught trout drifting a flat near Fort De Soto Park.
Technique: Drift fishing for trout on these shallow flats is the most productive technique during windy conditions. The more water that's covered; the more fish will be caught.
The same can be said about the rig used. All four anglers used a float and jig combination instead of natural bait. The rig is perfect for windy weather. It can be cast far downwind and retrieved so it will cover more water than floating live bait.
Another reason the combo is so productive is due to the splash and the popping sound created by the float being worked across the surface. Trout are territorial, and when they sense that presence in their back yard, it gets their attention quickly. Most strikes are reactionary instead of feeding, and that's why the color of the jig tail isn't as crucial as working the float correctly, though it is important. Motor-oil red glitter was the color of choice on this day.
Results: Numerous undersized fish were released but the group took home nearly a limit of keepers for a family fish fry.
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.