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Captain's Corner: Warmer waters turn on the action

What's hot: My temperature gauge has been a huge help in predicting when trout will start biting. If the water temperature is in the low 50s, the fish will not eat. When the temperature climbs to 58 and above, the action picks up.

Tackle: Light tackle makes trout fishing more enjoyable. Try a 10-pound braided line with a 20-pound camouflage leader. My favorite lure is a quarter-ounce red jig head with a soft plastic bait. Many plastic tails are out there. Root beer and white are my favorite colors. MirrOlure's Lil' Jon, Strike King's Glass Minnow and Love Lures make great tails that catch trout.

Tactics: Higher tides in the afternoon have been the most productive. Shallow water is much warmer. I look for schools of mullet jumping, then I fish upwind and drift through the mullet throwing jigs. Use a faster retrieve to keep out of the grass.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit

Captain's Corner: Warmer waters turn on the action

02/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:49pm]
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