February redfish and trout
Every year with the cold winter waters, the large breeder trout invade out area for some spectacular light tackle fishing action. Using live shrimp under a rattle cork or plain cork has produced heavily. Targeting these fish during a good moving tide is key to get them to eat. Once they start feeding the action is non stop for hours. Trout in the 19 inch to 28 inch range are common. The average size caught are between 20 and 24 inch range. Once the trout are eating good, you can switch up your bait to use an artificial shrimp under the cork.
The redfish have also been making their presence known in our area. With the crystal clear water the winter time brings, these fish can be seen tailing in small groups. Live shrimp right now has been to go to bait of choice. When the water temps increase, these redfish will eat just about anything you put out there.
26 inch redfish caught by Mike
About The Author: Captain Tommy Mahinis
Company: Finatic Inshore Charters
Area Reporting: West Central Florida Gulf of Mexico
Bio: Premeire inshore fishing guide in the north Pinellas County area of Florida. Specializing in Monster Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Tarpon and more. Based out of Tarpon Springs, FL Sponge Capital of the world.