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The old standard for mid-winter, it is time to find the biggest trout we have. The action has been excellent when we have had the weather to be able to go. The wind has been prohibitive a lot of the time. It has simply been better to wait for better days to go a lot of the time. When the winds have been down, the action has been very good. Trout over 20 inches are a regular item in January. This year has been exactly that way. Subsurface lures have outperformed topwaters. Five to six inch plastic tails have been the very best lures to throw to these big trout. Use a 1/8-ounce jighead. Lure color is not important. Zero harvest, trout should reopen sometime this year. Big trout are a good photo opportunity. A lengthy closure should help sustain this species for the future. This action should continue for four solid months. The very best way to locate the big trout is to get out on the morning low tide and fish the rising water. The troughs bordering on grass bottom are going to be locations to find schools of very large trout. Afternoon to early evening trips should get very good this month. Mornings have been very good but the late afternoon bite on the right tide will be as productive as early morning.

Neil Taylor

Strike Three Kayak Fishing

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