What's hot: The big trout of winter have invaded. Catching dozens of slot to overslot trout is a daily occurrence. The trout are fat, aggressive, dependable light-tackle fun.
Tackle: Use light leader with light jigs or topwater lures rigged on rods that have some bend to them. Because of the soft mouths of trout, anglers will lose fewer fish if they use rods with give in the tip. Topwater lures will work in shallower areas. But in the deeper troughs or grass flats, use a sinking lure. Run lures near the bottom.
Watch out: With 3- to 5-inch plastic jigs, you might catch one of the 20-inch flounders that have arrived.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.