Big trout are a very good option throughout the Tampa Bay region. Trout are abundant fish, cooperative and easy to catch most of the time. Seek out larger fish by going shallow. You may have areas where the fish are smaller then change locations. You should be able to catch quality trout every time out.
I keep everything very light: The rod, the reel, the line, the leader, the lure. Soft plastic lures in the five inch range are a great choice. Another way to tempt large trout is using topwater lures. Concentrate on grassy bottom areas an average depth of four feet. Make long casts until you have located the fish. When you find one, there will be many. Move your lures the minimum speed possible without catching 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. My own rule: I don’t keep trout less than 16 inches. Trout are edible and are great for making an excellent fish spread.
Full time kayak fishing guide, Neil was an advocate for conservation since before the time he started guiding.Outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host, Neil connected closely with Captain Mel Berman and did many positives with Mel to promote ethical angling. After Mel passed away, Neil managed www.capmel.com and eventually became that web site’s owner.