Big trout are still an easy option throughout the Tampa Bay region. With the right locations, it is not difficult to catch a lot of big trout fast. Trout are our most abundant fish and usually pretty cooperative and easy to catch. Seek out larger fish. You may have areas where the fish are smaller. Move! I keep everything as light as possible. The rod, the reel, the line, the leader, the lure. Target grassy bottom areas an average depth of 3 feet. Fan out long casts until you have located trout. When you find one, there will be more. Run lures the minimum speed possible without fouling on the grassy bottom. Every licensed angler is allowed to keep four trout 15 to 20 inches in length. One of the four can be more than 20 inches. A personal rule: I don’t keep trout less than 16 inches.

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