Absolute Florida Flats Fishing, a longtime guide service for the West Central Florida Gulf Coast, serving the Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, and Clearwater area, reports outstanding Spotted Sea Trout Fishing! The water temperatures have fallen into the 60s with the shorter days and cool mornings. Live baits as well as artificial baits are both working well; we finally are starting to see some cool fronts moving all the way through our region
The Trout are moving inshore from their nearby summer-like homes off our barrier island beaches. They can be found from the barrier islands all the way back to the main shoreline and deep in some estuary systems. Best live bait, if you can find it easily, are pilchards and/or live select shrimp, (purchased in your local tackle/bait store).
My favorite artificial lure this time of year is the 1/4-oz. jig tipped with a Berkley Gulp shrimp imitation or a paddle tail swim bait in the green back variety! That's followed closely by Mirror-Lures mirro-dine, a subsurface plug that imitates a pilchard perfectly! Jerk-Shad, also by Berkley Gulp, rigged Texas-style are a favorite up on the flat fishing pothole-laden areas on high tide. Deep holes on the flats are excellent places to look for Trout after a cold blow, as the deeper water will most likely be just a few degrees warmer.
Tight lines, and don't forget your jacket!!!