The Tampa Bay Times
Dodging tropical weather, we got rain and wind from one that passed nearby. What became Hurricane Sally changed up the inshore fishing pattern a little. Not a direct hit, not major changes, but things did deviate somewhat from what they were two weeks ago. I believe as things settle, the action comes right back. Our action has been impressive. The best late summer fishing I have ever seen. The species closures have provided some relief for our fishery and the fish are getting more plentiful and they are getting bigger. The closures won’t last forever but given the action we are having, I hope they keep things the same for a while longer. We had some days that were so impressive. To start the day: Five casts: Five different species. Ladyfish, snapper, bluefish, jack and a trout. Trout, in a category all by themselves. We have routinely caught trout in the 25 inch range. Catching 60 to 100 trout, pretty regular. All on lures, trout are easy on days where they are aggressive. You will have days where they are just simply harder to catch. But usually, they are quite cooperative. Like all fishing, proper technique gets it done. A slow pace to lures gets it done. Cruise the lures right down by the grass bottom. Catch the fish.