Decided to try and time the front for some big trout action. got to the spot about 11:30 and worked my way around the flat. nothing was biting in the skinny water. off to a deep edge of about 7'. game on.
it was a keeper trout bite like i havent seen in yrs. 99% of the fish were 18" and up. i was going on runs of 15 trout in a row left and right. i pinched down the barb on the jig because they were crushing it so hard they were getting gill hooked. they were feeding like it was the last day of bait. weird thing was there were schools of ballyhoo all along the break, thats what they were feeding on. hundreds of ballyhoo. i have never seen that many around here before. my jig was one of the mirro-lure soft baits silver glitter. it looks a lot like a hoo.(nice tough bait, my new fav) no need to even work it. cast let it sink and BOOM. also kinda weird was that most of the trout were hooked in the top of the mouth. made for some head shaking fights. a mullet boat stopped to watch me for a while, actually got an appluase from them, lol. i wanted to flip them off, it was the same guys who blow through my spot every day. they get way too close. today they stayed away.
needless to say when i pinched down the barb is when i ran into the real trophy trout. i caught 5 that were well over 25". big females, fat. every time i tried to grab one of the really big ones they flipped off the barb-less jig. i didnt care but i know some of you guys like to see the pics.
in 2 1/2 hrs i landed 75 plus keeper trout. hooked who knows how many. it was a wild bite. i left them biting to look for some snook or reds hoping they would be on fire too. it wasnt to be. the front came in right on top of me and i couldnt buy a bite on the flat. even in the deeper holes. it was getting colder and the rain was making its way down into my waders and i called it a day.
i dont know how tommorow will be with the front stalling out, but sunday might be a good bite. good tide in the am so i might brave the weather again to find out.
btw, i bought a few 200 yrd spools of yozuri h2o green moss floro line on cabelas for $8. it worked great. makes great leader as its too stiff for a main line. beats paying $10 for 30 yrds.
some pics of the avg size trout, the monsters were photo shy today...
geared up n ready to go
Just curious, what's your setup rod/reel/ mainline...
set up is
rod-g loomis glx 9000hsr 6-12lb class, extra fast tip. it is the key to my jigging success. they discontinued the 1 piece blank in the glx and only make a 3 piece now. i have fished this model for over 17 yrs. best production rod period. landed 20lb snook and 30plus lb cobia, monster 40 inch reds and can still fish trout with a 1/16 jig head.
reel-either a shimano 1500 saros or sustain, depends on which one is broke, lol. i put a beating on my reels with big fish on the small reels.
line either 6lb/8lb mono momio, or 10 lb power pro, depends on if im going to a open flat or fishing some kind of oysterbed/dock areas.
leader-10 to 20 lb floro, i like seagar or the yozuri hd. i just got some new yozuri h2o line that makes a great leader for 1/4 the price.
jig head, 100% mission fishin 1/16 or 1/8, red or white.
soft bodys-mirro-lure, zoom, gulp, and trout tout. colors white, clear glitter,rootbeer and all the variations of those three.
lures-gold spoon, mirro-minnow, rapala skitter walk
dont really fish bait too much, but when i do, owner hooks, 0/1 0/2 the small ones, ultra point.
thats pretty much it.
if your in the st pete area or ever in the area, hit me up. i wade, or if you have a boat, i will put you on some fish.
Great day on the water
Its that time of year.
secret- I'd love to join you after trout season opens up. I wade a lot in the St. Pete area and have a few honey holes near where (I think) you fish.