I'll let this serve as a fishing report and request for advice on what we're doing wrong. I took my daughters camping/fishing trip this weekend. We camped on Morman Key Friday night and Sweetwater Saturday night. We had a great time but only caught two barely legal trout and released two undersized trout and really want to figure out what to do differently. We used the following items all with and without D.O.A. popping corks: live shrimp (tail removed and put on a yellow or white jig), plastics put on a yellow or white jig, live shrimp (hooked through the horn), D.O.A shrimp.
We started fishing the flats to the north and northwest of Morman Key from 3:30 - 4:30 Friday (high tide was 2:45 at the Chatham River entrance) and didn't get anything. We then fished on the south side of Morman Key from about 6:00 - 6:30 and got our two keepers on the live shrimp hooked through the horn. On Saturday, we fished the flats to the south and east of Pavillion Key from 11:30 to 12:30, Chatham River from about 1:30 to 2:00, and drifted east to west accros most of Chevelier Bay from 4:00 to 5:00, and then casted from the chickee at our camp at Sweetwater. Plenty of ladyfish all day but nothing else. (low tide was 9:43 am and high tide was 3:29 pm at Chatham River entance) On Sunday, we drifted east to west accross the south side of Huston Bay from 9:00 to 10:00 and caught two undersize trout on D.O.A shrimp (deadly combo) and then fished along Lopez River from 10:30 to 11:00 with no luck. (low tide at Chokoloskee was 11:41 am).
Kids had a blast and so did I but sure would like to come home with some more trout. Any critique would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!