What's hot: Trout fishing has been good on most grass flats. Artificial lures have been very productive when worked slowly just above the grass. Eight-ounce jigheads paired with plastic tails will typically outproduce live baits this time of year. Look for expanses of grass beds from 2-6 feet deep with scattered sand holes and drift to locate concentrations of fish.
Technique: Make long casts with the wind ahead of the drift to cover water that the boat has not disturbed. Swim the lure back to the boat at a pace to keep it out of the grass while making an occasional twitching motion or slowly raising the rod tip, then allowing the jig to fall. When working a sandy pothole, make casts to the edges first followed by a cast right down the center, and drag the jig slowly through the sand.
Tips: Silver trout have shown up along our beaches. Drift through areas that are 10-20 feet deep while keeping an eye on the bottom sonar to find fish. Tandem jigs bounced off the bottom can produce two fish at a time and is great fun for kids.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727)510-1009.