Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Spotted Trout a Dependable Species

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Spotted Trout a Dependable Species

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WINTER FISHING

One of the more dependable species during a Suncoast winter is the sea trout.

When the weather and water cools, the spotted (speckled) trout tend to abandon the shallow flats and bunch up in holes, channel edges, canal mouths and the like, but never too far from their warm water habitats.

Look to find some hefty specks invading rocky outcroppings and ledges right along our beaches as well. In addition, winter weather brings in an influx of gray trout.

Also known as sand or silver trout, they tend to favor waters a tad bit deeper than the speckled variety.

Both species are fairly universal in their preference of food and will readily take live shrimp and any number of soft-bodied jigs worked deeper and slower than usual.

The warmer than normal conditions prior to this recent cool down has also brought in a lot of pompano. …

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