Cooler Weather Hot for Sea Trout
Capt. Lisa Williams
November 29, 2012
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
Cold weather means hot fishing for spotted sea trout.
Cold nights have dropped water temps into the low 60s. Trout are good cold water targets because they develop patterns that you can predict and prepare for. Trout instinctively look for places that the water is warmed by the sun to help them control their body temperature.
In the morning trout can be found on grass flats in less than 3 ft. of water. As the sun moves higher they will fall back into deeper water along the edges of the flats. This is where I usually look for them in the afternoon. I look for moving water between 5 and 7 ft. with some sea grass nearby, and use tipped jigs under a popping cork with at least a 36" leader (I sometimes increase the leader length slightly according to the clarity of the water.) If they are a little shy you can also drop to the bottom and retrieve slowly, stopping occasionally, and jig the shrimp up off the bottom with a quick motion, then allow it to sink back down slowly.
Sea Gone customers have been catching fish in pretty good numbers over the last 2 weeks, but a bout of red tide combined with below average water temps have had the bite fall off over the last few days.
Warmer days in the forecast should revive the other species to previous levels.
Spotted Sea Trout
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