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caught my first sea trout in the upper Keys, any info on catching these guys will be most welcome...I usually fish the reef but went out to the bay side yesterday to do something due to all this wind...we used live shrimp under popping corks while we drifted in around 6 to 7 feet of water and when the first hit happened we anchored....we must have caught 20 lady fish (one went a whopping 23 inches) and around 4 trout, the biggest one at 14 inches....all this from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.....went today around 11 am and anchored on the same spot and got 5 trout but all shorts again and no lady fish...had to quit at 1 pm....we were in grassy area near a channel....thanks in advance....


  • syxxsyxx Posts: 92 Deckhand
    Trout use to be very easy to find in the bay, however in recent years especially with all the algae blooms and bay grass die off we've had, they can be tough.  But looking for 'clean dirty' water is what you want to do, where the water is not crystal clear but just a hazy blue/green that you can't see that well in to.  Avoid areas where there is that pea soup color water ( theres some in the middle bay just outside the everglades park boundry towards islamorada right now you can see).  Out nearer to the gulf of mexico is often a great area as the water stays nicer there, near oxfoot, schooner, and blue bank.  Occasionally you can find some muds closer in, where you'll just notice smaller chunks of puffy mud coming up where elsewhere it is clean.  This is often where you'll find trout mudding along with baitfish, mullet, etc...  
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