Sunday afternoon we lucked out with abundant sunshine and light winds. Wanting to take advantage of the warmth we did not start until almost noon. It was fun running on smooth waters compared to the choppy waters Tampa Bay has dished out for the last month. The 10 day forecast more shows not one day at the seasonal average of 71 degrees.
No secret to todayís plans, spotted sea trout was the target as itís the main stay in lower Tampa Bay. Iíve been targeting grass flats and canals in the Ft. Desoto, Tierra Verde region. Tossing live shrimp on a popping cork worked great on the grass flats. While we did not capture any large trout we made up for it in quantity.
When the bite slowed I would move us to the next sandy pothole and start the process again. We hit my top secret hole for the last 45 minutes and enjoyed nonstop trout and ladyfish action. We took these fish on 4Ē DOA CAL jerk baits. Any color worked as long as it was sliver glitter!
We hooked 2 larger fish that we never got a look at as they both came unbuttoned after several runs. Judging by the rod action I am sure they were both redfish.
Good news Spring along with warmer water temperatures are just around the corner.
Capt. Steve--Nice report. Those D.O.A. CAL jerkbaits are normally my go to bait for trout and reds out at the Fort.
I was out there on Saturday wading I know I'm nuts, but I got a good pair of insulated waders. LOL
I slayed the trout using MirrOlure 52m's. Eric Bachnik from MirrOlure gave me a bunch after the last report I put up where me and my buddy used a bunch he had laying around his tackle box. See this report:
While wading on Saturday, I had to work them dead slow with little twitches in very deep water. I was making long casts from water mid chest (almost to the top of my waders), but the trout were just eating like piranhas once I located them.
"May your lines be tight and your shake'offs and break'offs memorable."