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Captain's Corner: Speckled trout picking up

Speckled trout are reacting positively to cooling water temperatures. If you find actively feeding trout, they're available in big numbers. Our most prolific fish, trout are fun on light tackle. I'm all artificial all the time. Lures are all you need. While bait works, lures work just as well. Go with the lightest tackle you have: light leader, light lures. Set up your equipment to make long casts and work the light lures through as much water as possible. Those who make the longest casts catch the most trout. Lure choices are wide open. Quite literally, if it's moving, trout think it's food. Color doesn't matter. Lure speed is the most important thing. No matter what depth you're fishing, you want your lures cruising near the bottom. Finding trout is not difficult. You need to be over seagrass bottom, where they live. Water depths will range from 3 feet to 7 feet. The tail end of summer, deeper water might be a better choice until we get later into the fall. You can keep four trout 15 to 20 inches in length. One of your four can be over 20.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.

Captain's Corner: Speckled trout picking up 09/07/17 [Last modified: Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:29pm]
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