Hopefully, you were able to scratch a few to-dos off your list this past week, because as bad as the weather was last week, it looks like we’ll have some good weather and a chance to catch a few fish this weekend.
Prior to last week’s big blow, we had some spectacular days on speckled trout. We’re still targeting areas of sandy shell bottom mixed with sparse grass. Bouncing red and gold jigs up off the bottom has been working very well, as we move along the color change edge we’re able to show our jigs to a lot more fish than if we were using live shrimp. However, the shrimp will work very well once the fish are located, especially if you feel like there might be some big fish in the area.
Look for the bite to turn back on in a big way this week. Our water temperature should get back up into the 60s by the weekend with the good tides brought on by the full moon, and rest assured that somewhere out there the trout will be biting.
Places to check will be Fort De Soto. The park offers many spots for anglers to get out of the wind for one, but its close proximity to deeper gulf and bay waters allows for good clean water with tremendous grass growth potential. Target deep bomb holes, channel edges and general pothole bottom.
Boca Ciega Bay is also good but often overlooked area for some big sea trout. Target island edges just inside John’s Pass when the water is clean. On a side note it’s not uncommon to find schools of pompano hanging in the deeper troughs around the islands. The entire east side of the bay from Gulfport to Park Boulevard can be good for both trout and reds. Find clean water and you should be in the right spot.
St. Joseph’s Sound offers excellent trout fishing this time of year. Spoil islands both north and south of Dunedin Causeway can get loaded up with big trout at times. Target the deeper sides of the island. That’s usually where the better tidal flow is and that sand shell bottom is definitely what to look for.
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