Big trout, a wintertime standard, are in their yearly pattern. It’s uncommon not to catch a big trout this time of year. Trout have a great position in our ecosystem. Catching trout is not challenging around Tampa Bay. The biggest trout are usually caught in shallower water. A great deal of them are caught on redfishing trips. At high tide, in many locations, trout are up against the trees. Trout are always the same year-round. They are in areas that have seagrass bottom or on the edges of seagrass. Catching the fish is pretty straightforward. The best success is by moving lures slowly down by the bottom. A light strike, trout will pick up and drop a lure multiple times before finally eating the hook. Use the lightest tackle you have. Trout are not going to require any kind of heavy gear. Keep it light and catch more trout. The rod, the reel, the leader, the main line and even your lures should all be “light.” Make long casts and get hooked up.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.