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Studly Trout in Tampa Bay

Just wanted to post a report from one of the forums in the Tampa Bay area. These are some big Spotted Sea Trout for our area. One of my favorite fish to catch!

After the Fish n Munch Gene(snookin) and I decided to head back out and fish the afternoon bite and boy am I glad we did. We started off working the flats not seeing much. So we headed up to an oyster bar with a quick drop hoping to find reds. Well I casted out a suspending twitch bait across the oyster bar. As I was telling Gene about the monster trout that hang around here I get hammered and my reel started screaming! It was an awesome fight until I realized it was not a red but a 27″ trout. I lightened my drag and babied the fish because she only had one hook barely in her lip.

After that fish we didn’t get any other hits so we worked are way over to a school of mullet and we realized that the red fish had to wait because these trout were monsters! For the next 45 minutes we caught 13 or 14 trout over 23inchs all on twitch bait.

Gene has more pics but I didn’t get them yet. We also had a great sunset on the paddle to shore!

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