December means the return of a lot of good things, like great weather, low tides and especially the snowbird anglers who keep me busy this time of year. Best of all are the big sea trout that take up residence in the potholes covering Pine Island Sound. It's not uncommon to score several of these guys in excess of 20 inches or more by tossing shrimp into any depression you find in the grass flats. They'll also hit slow moving topwater lures and love to eat 1/8th ounce jigs with almost any color of soft plastic, especially white.
Bokeelia angler Shelly Friedman landed this 23 inch gator on a white Gulp Shrimp popped under a Cajun cork. This was one of a handful of big trout we caught while drifting the flats north of Pineland. The water out there was a very comfortable 65 degrees and is getting clearer by the day. The winds were a little stronger than I would have liked these past few days but it helped us cover a lot of ground while searching for these fish.