Tips for Trout
Angler's aboard the Reelin & Chillin have cleaned up on trout this past couple of weeks. Redfish have also been around, however a few trips we couldn't find them, thank goodness for the trout. A flounder or two have showed up to tighten a line or two as well. A few mackerel are in the bay, and are showing up along the beaches if you can get past the windy conditions.
We found the trout on open grass flats in water depth between three and six feet deep. The water surface temperature was between seventy, and seventy-five degrees. I noticed that due to windy conditions we didn't catch in low visibility waters - I had to get several miles away from the passes to get on the fish.
I used seven and a half foot, medium action St.Croix rods, Okuma Inspira reels spooled with ten pound test line. An eighteen inch - twenty pound test mono leader (Big Game) with a #4 Owner circle hook.
Three tactics worked at different times:
Free line the shrimp, no cork - no weight. Hook the shrimp at the tail end coming up from the bottom first. This will give you more casting distance having the head forward. Set up with the wind behind you, and cast the shrimp high to catch the wind. The farther away from the boat the better.
Add a popping cork - about three feet up from the shrimp. I prefer the Billy Bay Pop N' Gurgle style, it's set up for distance casting. Pop the cork every ten seconds or so to mimic another fish or bird hitting bait on the surface.
Add a split shot #4 a couple feet up from the hook (no cork) twitching it every now and then.
There is nothing wrong with using live sardines if you can net them. Also, artificials work great. My favorite is the Halo Shrimp also made by Billy Bay. On one trip I had four angler's with two on live shrimp, and two on Halo artificials. The trout caught were even between the two baits with a few mackerel caught on the artificials only.
Tight Lines & Good Times, Capt. Terry Frankford
Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
Catch of the Day
Nice Spanish Mackerel
About The Author: Captain Terry Frankford
Company: Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
Area Reporting: Sarasota
Bio: Fishing experience in the Sarasota area for over thirty years - mostly salt water inshore and nearshore. Became a full time guide in November of 2003 after retiring from Verizon Communications as a Network Planning Engineer. U.S.C.G. licensed Master #1125021 – includes Commercial Assistance Towing. Completed Auxiliary boating Skills & Seamanship course. Certified in Senior Lifesaving, Advanced First Aid, CPR, and Open Water Scuba Diving.