Temperature dropping: This week we will see the coldest temperatures we have had this fall. The water will be getting cooler every day through the end of the week, and the fish will be changing locations daily until they adjust to the change. Areas protected from the wind will provide the best action as they will warm up through the day and help stimulate feeding after this frontal passage.
Trout will be one of the better choices as they seem to be the least affected by temperature changes. Their numbers and sizes have been increasing the past couple of weeks, with many exceeding 20 inches. Look for good action in areas that have healthy sea grass in 2-4 feet of water. Drifting these flats with jigs and shrimp imitations will produce and let you cover a lot of water. Once the fish are located, anchor and fan cast. Many times there will be numerous fish. When drifting the flats, make sure not to overlook the sandy potholes; more times than not, they will be holding some of the larger fish.
Tips: We are nearing the end of the month, and the harvest of spotted sea trout will be closed from Nov.1 until Jan.1 in the southern region of the state. This is all waters south of Pasco County. The boundary is Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at 813-920-6928.