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Charlotte Harbor, FL Spotted Sea Trout Action on TriggerX grubs.

Posted on January 22nd, 2014
This chunky sheepshead could not resist a fresh shrimp fished on a drop shot rig and Gamakatsu Circle Hook over a reef in 28' of water.
This chunky sheepshead could not resist a fresh shrimp fished on a drop shot rig and Gamakatsu Circle Hook over a reef in 28′ of water.

Even with small-craft wind warnings, our good friend Mike Scarlett and I ventured out early this morning before the winds picked up to try our luck on bottom-fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.  We fished for about 1 hr and landed some nice size grunts and sheepshead using live shrimp on drop-shot rigs with Gamakatsu Circle hooks in water ranging in depth form 28-40′.

When grunts get this big you can get some real tasty fillets!
When grunts get this big you can get some real tasty fillets!

As winds started to pick-up we headed into the bottom end of Charlotte Harbor and fished Bull Bay targetting Spotted SeaTrout.  Winds picked-up and even the bay was getting choppy and it took us about 1/2 hr to find schools of feeding trout.

Spotted Sea Trout like to feed over grass flats and hunt in schools.  The trick is to cover enough area on a large flat until you find feeding fish.  A "popping-cork" really helps to attract fish from a distance.
Spotted Sea Trout like to feed over grass flats and hunt in schools. The trick is to cover enough area on a large flat until you find feeding fish. A “popping-cork” really helps to attract fish from a distance.

We fished TriggerX Tubes and TriggerX Paddle Tail Minnows under popping corks and landed a 1/2 dozen keepers, & loosing a couple of nice fish.  All in all we probably caught and released about 20-30 trout.

Feeding Spotted Sea Trout aggressively hit minnow imitating grubs fished on a 1/8 oz. jihead like the TriggerX Paddle Tail Minnows.
Feeding Spotted Sea Trout aggressively hit minnow imitating grubs fished on a 1/8 oz. jihead like the TriggerX Paddle Tail Minnows.

Both of us fished Rapala Concept Ti & Rapala Shift rods with Rapala Reels and Suffix 832 braid with Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders.  Temperatures dropped and the winds settled down enough to make a save boat ride home.  Weather forecasts are not good for tomorrow with a cold-front predicted and strong winds.  Fishing will have to wait until Thurs. when the weather is suppose to improve.

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