Team Shepherd made up of Jamie and his father David and my wife Barbara amd I had a chance to experience their first adventure casting artificial lures in Florida’s saltwater flats for chunky Spotted Sea Trout.
There are miles and miles of shallow flats in southwest Florida, but not all of them hold good size Spotted Sea Trout. The key details to find these feeding fish is to locate “eel-grass” flats that vary in depth between 1-3′.
Once you locate the right elements, tides come into play. The best fishing is when the tide is “flooding”, or “ebbing” (coming in from the Gulf, or running out to the Gulf). That’s when most saltwater fish in shallow water take advantage of prime feeding times.
Our best presentation was to fish shallow-running minnow imitating lures and twitching them every once and a while to entice trout to zero in and strike. Do you think the above 22 1/2″ trout wanted the lure? Yup!!