Found an explanation for the lack of grass on the flats. Seems one of our cities to the North basically released sewage to the Banana River. This resulted in an Algae Bloom the wiped out the grass almost to Vero. No laws broken, seems they are allowed to do this. Much of the grass root systems are still there and may lead to a comeback. As to one post I read, the Trout are hiding in the channels because there is no grass to hide in. I have watched Trout up to 10 pounds in the shallows off of the Grant spoil islands, but they will not hit.
This week was far from spectacular. The Reds are still scarce, managed to get one Rat on a 3 1/2 inch Berkley Gulp Minnow. Same bait fooled three short Mangrove Snapper and resulted in the day's jack pot, three short Snook. To most this sounds insignificant, but these small fish have been very scarce since the freeze a couple of years ago.
Caught two short Trout in deeper water on the Gulp. Time to quit playing, shifted to a Gags Grabber, Popper, Red and White. boated three fair Trout, a 19.5 ", 20 " and 20.5 " and managed to lose four more that were in the same range. With the lack of grass these fish are hanging on the drops in less than eighteen inches of water.
If you have a desire to help with the future of our fisheries go to www.snookfoundation.org and sign up for the Angler Action Program. Once you sign up any trips you enter will be eligible for prizes. the whole month of June