The Tampa Bay Times
Neil Taylor, Kayak Guide
Speckled trout are reacting positively to cooling water temperatures. Availablepretty much everywhere, if you find actively feeding trout you will have excellent action. Our most prolific fish, trout are fun on light tackle. This is the best I have ever seen speckled trout in Tampa Bay
Tackle and techniques:
I’m all artificial 100% of the time so lures is all you need for trout. While bait works, lures work just as well. Go with the lightest tackle you have. Go with the lightest gear you have. Light line, rod, leader and even the lures. The people who make the longest casts catch the most trout. Lure choices are basically whatever you want to use. If it’s moving trout will eat it. . Color: Also doesn’t matter. Lure speed is the most important thing. Learn that no matter what depth you are fishing you want your lures cruising down near the bottom. Finding trout is not difficult. You need to be over seagrass bottom.. That is where trout live. Water depths will range from three feet up to seven feet deep. The trout are still in decent depth. As things turn into winter you will want to shift shallower.
Neil charters kayak fishing trips around Tampa Bay. He can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com, 727-692- 6345.