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Captain's Corner: Trout will bunch up in colder weather

Big change in weather: A dramatic drop in temperature that started Sunday will have a big effect on fishing. A big cold front like this should bunch big trout up. Look for flats that slowly transition from sand bottom to sparse grass to hold schools of trout. In the morning trout will usually be deep out in the sand; use soft plastics rigged on a jig head. As the afternoon sun warms the grass bottom, trout will move to the edge of the grass or sandy potholes just inside of it. They respond well to a lightly weighted weed-less jerk bait.

Silver trout update: The beaches from John's Pass north to Indian Shores have been holding plenty of trout. Locate them by drifting with the wind and tide while bouncing brightly colored soft-plastic jigs off the bottom. In rough conditions, use a bottom machine. Schools typically hold near the bottom in 8 to 15 feet.

Fishing in the wind: Have a good stretch of docks where you can get out of the wind and get a rod bent. Sheepshead, black drum and redfish are under the docks. Often the south facing docks are most productive, as they get the most sunlight. Live shrimp and small split-shot are all you need here.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email

Captain's Corner: Trout will bunch up in colder weather 01/03/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 8:22pm]
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