What's hot: With cooler water temperatures along the coastline, larger speckled trout are holding in the shallow grass flats. As the tide floods, trout move into the skinniest water seeking refuge and warmer water. The lower water column will funnel baitfish, crabs and other crustaceans into edges and easier ambush spots. Use a push pole or trolling motor.
Tackle: During the early part of the tide, fish are weary of excess noise. Soft jerkbaits in motor oil or turtle grass-green rigged weedless are working well in low tide, where a lighter entry is needed. On higher water (2-3 feet), soft, suspending lures are working well. The key to working these newer plugs is slowing down the retrieve to allow the sliding action that brings the strike. By throwing artificials, anglers can cover more water as they methodically work across a flat. Lighter, braided line and 10-pound test adds distance on each cast.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.