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Capt. Hemmer's fishing tips: 1/11

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by CAPT. DOUG HEMMER
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What's hot: Trout fishing is starting to heat up. Most of the trout will be over the grass flats that are 2 to 4 feet deep. They like to hang where the grass meets the sand. The larger trout are smart and like to stay where there is shallow water near by. They do this to have a place close by to move to when the dolphins show up. The smaller trout will be farther out from the shallows.

Topwater plugs and jigs worked while drifting is the fastest way to locate a school. Once you have located the trout you can switch to live shrimp.

Tackle: Light weight spinning reels and rods in the 4 to 10-lb class is best for feeling the strike of a trout. Braided lines don't stretch and will give a better feel then mono for the strike. Topwater plugs work best at sun-up and during over cast days. Jigs should be worked slowly across the bottom.

Most of the trout will have their bellies on the sand. If you work the jig to fast they won't see it. Shrimp can be free-lined or fished under a cork. When using a cork, rig it so the shrimp is near the bottom. Use a small split-shot close to the hook to keep the shrimp from jumping when a trout moves in. The best corks to use are popping corks. They have a cupped top that will put out the most noise when popped. Pop the cork every minute to help the trout locate the shrimp.

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