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Captain's Corner: Trout are active

What's hot: Trout have been my savior on every charter this year. Strong winds from passing cold fronts have muddied up the water and kept the tide from its full potential. I tried blind casting in several of my reliable redfish spots but did not draw strikes. To provide action, I resorted to throwing jigs for trout.

Tactics: For trout fishing, some areas have been producing big numbers of smaller fish, and other spots have been producing larger fish, but patience is needed to get the fish to bite. Arrange a drift in water 3 to 4 feet over grass flats, and work the edge. The difference from the sand to the grass has been holding these smaller speckled trout. That has provided a lot of action and produced big numbers of fish. Larger fish have been holding in deeper sand holes on shallower grass flats. These are areas that I have learned over the years; it takes time on the water to figure out the area grass flats.

Be ready for anything: On a couple of trips, big schools of large black drum have been roaming the flats around Pinellas Point. They have been following sand bars on the lower tides levels. Caught fish have weighed more than 40 pounds. Drum like crustaceans, so shrimp imitation jigs have drawn a few strikes.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.

Captain's Corner: Trout are active 03/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 9:03pm]
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