Captain John Fischbach with Absolute Florida Flats Fishing a Longtime Guide Service for the West Central Florida Gulf Coast serving the Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey and Clearwater Florida, area reports Outstanding Spotted Sea Trout and Redfish Fishing ! The Water temperatures have fallen into the 60’s. Live baits as well as artificial bait’s are both working well, we have been getting cold fronts moving all the way through our region, the Trout are bunkered down and hugging the dark bottom in deep holes.
They can be found from the main shoreline and deep in some estuary systems. Best live bait if you can find it easily are pilchards and or live select shrimp, my favorite artificial lure this time of year continues to be the 1/4 oz. jig tipped with a Berkley Gulp shrimp imitation or a paddle tail swim bait in the green back variety ! Followed closely by Mirro-Lures mirro-dine a subsurface plug that imitates a pilchard perfectly ! Jerk- Shad also by Berkley Gulp rigged Texas style are a favorite up on the flat fishing the pothole laden areas on high tide. Deep holes on the flats are excellent places to look for these flats after a cold blow, as the deeper water will most likely be just a few degrees warmer.