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Old 08-12-2015, 09:38 AM   #1
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My 12 year old granddaughter is coming in this weekend from Houston and I would like to take her for white trout and flounder. We will be in my 21' cc.
What areas of the bay normally holds white trout this time of the year?
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3 mile bridge, I am a white trout junkie.
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So, what's your favorite method for catching white trout?
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I've had a little luck catching whities at 3 mile using artificials and jigging with a small gulp shrimp off the bottom near structure. Usually they seem thicker during the colder months and much easier to find. Lately I've only been finding very small ones while fishing for Reds out there.
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To save you some bait, the first one you catch cut him up for bait with skin on. They'll tear it up and when you hook it through the skin they cant pull it off so you can reuse the same chunk over and over.

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I have had several PM's regarding this subject, so here is my "White Trout Junkie" day:

I try to do the whole trip in 3 -4 hours, from leaving the house to returning, and only bring 50 home.

Launch on Gulf Breeze Side of 3 MB, ease along the west side, very close to to the pilings, watching for structure. I prefer an out going tide for anchoring. (But the tide must be moving) Once I mark my spot, and I have quite a few, I anchor under the bridge, there are no structures under the bridge to get the anchor hung on.

(I do not have one of those trolling motors to hold my spot)

Drift west until I am right next to the piling and over my structure. Sometimes I use a floor scrapper on the pilings to place some natural chum in the water, scrapping off barnacles. Especially during Sheephead days. But I have found this will work all the time.

I have also chummed with my white trout carcasses from the last trip many times, but chumming is not required. It just gets them going fast. If I have kids, I definitely chum, as I am going to make sure we have all the fun possible.

On a Carolina Rig, 10 lb rig, I drop down a Copper Gulp (Sorry, I have not tried the Matrix YET!!)

Once that bait hits the bottom, real up two cranks, pause, get a bite, and real it up. After a few fish, the artificial bait is done. I then fillet a trout, and use boneless meat fillets the rest of the time. These babies are cannibals.

Usually there are two of us, and my goal is to only bring home 50. However, it always ends of to be 60 or 70.

If you do not get a bite right away, or in 10 minutes, leave, and find another spot. Once you find them, it is game on, none stop, reeling up, dehooking, drop down.

(It is fun to hear the giggles of the ones you have brought, that do not fish too often, as the none stop action prevails.

When I fillet them, I place them in a bowl, splashed with milk, and keep them covered on the top shelf of the frig. They do not freeze well.

Then for breakfast, lunch and dinner, white trout is the side dish. Splash a little Olive Oil in the pan, with a sprinkle of Tony's or other spice, and turn them white.

White Trout and Eggs MMMmmmmm Good.

Now every now and then, I take a small live white trout and free line it, on a larger rig for some big fish action. This will be just about "an-any-fish-target", but Reds are the norm that will bite.

But also count on anything else, as that bridge is a magnet.

And yes cooler months are the best, but I have never gone white trouting with out catching a bunch.

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Yeppers, that is what I do!!

Cannibalistic suckers they are.
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Ok Tom, when are we going?
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