December Fishin’ Report

The storms are gone, the weather is a little cooler, and the trout are back on the flats.

Limits of trout are being caught in two to three feet of water.

The most popular method of finding them is to drift with the tide while casting suspending hard baits like the MR17 or Catch 2000 from MirrOlure.

Use a pattern of twitch, twitch, pause, retrieve. Jigs are another good choice. I most often use a 1 eighth oz jig head with a 4 inch Gulp Swimming Mullet in pearl white, but depending on conditions other colors may get more bites.

Combine your jig with a noisy popping cork or Cajun Thunder type float and you're ready to go. If you prefer live bait, shrimp works well too in almost any situation, under a float or free lined.

Whether you are fishing from a boat, a pier, or the shore, you will lose some of them to undesirable sea creatures. Don't forget to put the plug in the boat before you launch, and have a great day on the water.

Duane Baker is a Licensed USCG Captain. He operates Windsplitter Charters. (352) 352-364-2417 windsplittercharters.com

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