Winter fishing is in full effect around the Naples and Marco island areas. We have had some strong cold fronts make there way down to south Fl and this has fired up our winter fishery. When our water drop into the 60s the sea trout make there way to the out side islands and inshore grass flats. My favorite way to target them is a 3in DOA paddle tail ( rootbeer or any natural color) on a 1/4oz tsunami jig head . These plastic baits have some sent already in them but I like to use a product called pro cure . It comes in a gel form so all you do is apply it to your soft plastic and it really helps to get more bites.
Another eazy way to fish in the winter months is using cut lady fish AKA chunks. This is a great way to use a fishes nose to find your bait that is placed in there path. Cut up your lady fish in 3in chunks and use a 3/0 circle hook with a 3ft peice if 30lb leader and that’s it . No weight just free lined! Cast that bait up tight to the mangroves and let it sit . This is all about allowing a passing fish to smell your bait and swim over for an eazy meal. This weeks warmer weather will surly get them on the feed ! See you on the water!
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