What's hot: The early morning and sundown hours are ideal for catching big speckled trout throughout the region. The topwater action is accelerating, so we have easy action for fat trout available for the next two months.
Tackle: Locate trout by searching the grassy bottom areas. Most trout will be at depths of 3 feet or more. Depth changes with sand patches are ideal. For subsurface fishing, the jig is a great trout tool. Use medium to light spinning tackle and ⅛ ounce jig head on a light fluorocarbon leader and move the lures gently across the bottom. For surface baits, work the 2-foot depths of thick turtle grass and jab the rod tip to make the lure splash erratically. For easy release (and your safety), smash down the barbs on your hooks. With smooth fighting technique, you won't lose the fish and it is much easier to remove fish from hooks.
Limits: Four fish per angler per day, size 15 to 20 inches with one fish over 20 inches allowed in the bag limit. Release the over-slot fish. The smaller slot fish in the 15- to 20-inch range are much better for eating.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.