Capt. Pat McGriff spoke at the January 2011 meeting of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club. Pat is a very successful inshore fishing guide, based out of Keaton Beach, on Florida’s Big Bend, in Taylor County.
Here are a few of Pat’s suggestions for successful wintertime trout fishing:
- If you’re targeting big trout in water that’s 55-degrees or less, stay close to shore in shallow water.
- Fish near warm rocky shores, oyster bars or mud banks.
- Fish in stained water, as it warms faster.
- Brackish water is usually warmer than Gulf salt water.
- Fish outside of bars and rock piles on a falling tide. Don’t get too close!
- The slow tides between the full and new moon cycles tend to keep the inshore waters warmer.
- Move your bait SLOWLY!
- Learn to ‘twitch’ your baits rather than ‘jerk’ them.
Pat can be reached at (850) 584-9145. His Web site is: www.onemorecast.net