Chasing the trout

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 By Capt. Brylee

Special to the Pioneer


Inshore fishing can be troublesome during the hot summer months. The Trout and Reds seem to be more mobile in their daily habits. While moving tides are always best for fishing, you may want to consider this technique for increasing your take on Trout and Reds in the shallow waters.

With the summer sun bringing in heat so fast, it is often hard to find the fish. Try this… Fishing with my step brothers Richard and Clark Holley, we set out about an hour before daylight. We fished inside the shallows of Lanark Bay, just east of Carrabelle. 

Richard manned the boat close to the end of the parallel docks protruding from the shore line. Without the light of any sky we began throwing top water plugs into the black. After about the fourth or fifth cast, my six inch Top DAWG went under with a galummmppp..it was a whopper!!! I pulled up and let drag out and pulled drag in and in the end about a six pound 22 inch Trout was landed. 

Brother Richard, throwing a 4” chug bug couldn’t keep the 16”-17” Trout off his line.  At the same time; fishing with a hot pink topped “Mirror Lure”, Clark was pulling in Trout (although not keepers) constantly.  This continued until the red sun began to turn orange and the heat in the shallow waters rose too high.

 Around eight or so we reeled in and went out to waters of about four to five feet in depth. Here we rigged with poppin’ corks and fished about 18 inches down. We used  “Gulp Shrimp” and other jigs; and the fish were on more than before. We were catching trout, pardon the expression, but hand over fist. This lasted for about an hour and a half and then all of a sudden it seemed to die.

 The sun was at about an early summer mid high. Richard again fired the boat up and we went out to about six to seven feet in depth. Now, we took off the poppin’ corks and free lined jigs. Still using our light weight rigs we let our jigs drop as slow as we could and more times than not, we were pulling up trout. We limited out before eleven am; and probably released more than we kept…… Trout are going to move throughout the day. And as the waters increase in temperature…Chase the trout to cooler waters in the summer…

Also look for while inshore fishing, the COBIA. You can find yourself landing one of these bad boys this time of year about anywhere. From the docks around Cedar Key, to the rivers and inshore flats from Steinhatchee to Homosassa, a live pin fish or cut bait, may land you a biggun. Note 33” is the legal limit, so make sure he’s a keeper before you put him in the cooler, and if you hook one; hold on.