Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: For inshore fishing, target redfish and speckled trout

Redfish and speckled trout continue to be the top inshore species. Low tides in the morning have redfish holding on the edges of flats, waiting for the tide to flood. I'm starting a little later in the morning, so the angle of the sun can help locate the school before it is spooked. Take extreme caution in approaching the area. Low tides with clear water have redfish very wary. If I don't see any fish, or I spook them, I move on to the next area. When the tide level floods enough to fill the flats, I move into the usual areas on the flats to find schools. Speckled trout have provided the most consistent action this past week. Deep grass flats in the 4- to 5-foot ranges have been holding big numbers of fish. Locate fish using a quarter ounce jig rigged with a soft plastic tail. Use super glue to keep the tail on the jig to get a few more uses. When trout are hooked, they come to the surface and violently shake their head, trying to throw the jig. When the bite stops, start another drift watching the GPS track to set up a drift in the same area where fish were caught. It helps having large scaled sardines in the well — larger "gator" trout find them tempting.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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