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Florida redfish & sea trout.

Posted on November 24th, 2014

Conditions were less windy today and my friends Mike and Izzy took advantage of the rising tide and headed out around noon to target some redfish and sea trout.

Redfish love to feed along the shallow mangroves as the rising tide enables them to sneak-up on unsuspecting crabs, shrimp and baitfish that inhabit the shallows.
Redfish love to feed along the shallow mangroves as the rising tide enables them to sneak-up on unsuspecting crabs, shrimp and baitfish that inhabit the shallows.

Our strategy was to fish the shallow mangrove shorelines for the first two hours of the flood-tide to intercept redfish that were heading into the flooding creeks and mangroves to feed.

Mangroves that have oyster-beds leading into them are especially hot-spots for feeding redfish.
Mangroves that have oyster-beds leading into them are especially hot-spots for feeding redfish.

We fished some of Mike’s favorite shorelines and creek mouths fishing water as shallow as 12″. Mike lead the way by hooking the first redfish in one of his creeks.

redfish_jigOn of our favorite presentations to use for redfish is to fish the Rapala Shift freshwater spinning outfits loaded with Sufix 832, 20 lb. test braided line and 30 lb. test Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders with a 1/16-1/8 oz. jighead and plastic grub.

mike_redfishThe way we love to fish for redfish is very active. We use a Minn Kota electric to keep us about 70′ off the mangroves and we make casts to pockets and points along the mangroves. Every cast is important and if a fish is anywhere near your jig, it usually hits it instantly…very exciting!

spotted_sea_troutOnce the water was up a foot, we headed to the grass-flats to target keeper-size Spotted Sea Trout where I fished a “popping-cork” and a TriggerX 4″ chartreuse and white tube on a 1/16 oz. jighead.

mike_troutSpotted Sea Trout feed aggressively over grass flats as the tide rises and one of the best way to attract a feeding trout is to “pop” a cork (float) on the surface to imitate a surface feeding trout. Below the float is an irresistible TriggerX tube that darts, swims and dives as the cork is aggressively jerked.

seatrout_headTriggerX Tubes and Minnow work great to fool feeding Spotted Sea Trout.

blowfishOn of the “nuisance-fish” on the flats in non other than the blowfish. These cute looking fish swim very fast and destroy plastic grubs by “chomping” chunks out of them. Every once and a while we actually hook one and they look cute!

evening_troutWe had a great afternoon and landed keeper-size trout right up until sunset which is one of the best times to be on the water in Florida, especially when it’s cold in Canada!

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