Speckled trout are a constant target on the Florida flats
Speckled trout are a constant target on the flats of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. We catch them on live bait, soft plastics, and my personal favorite… topwater plugs.
These trout are typically largest in the fall and winter but are great fun and can be caught all year-around. We will usually be able to go out on any different day and find them targeting the potholes on the flats and little holes. These fish are ambush predators and use the grass as camouflage. The big ones are very territorial so using techniques like a soft plastic under a popping cork is very effective. This fish fight on top of the water and have great headshakes! The most challenging part of landing them stems from keeping a tight line amongst all of the head shaking and surface fighting. Their mouths are soft and they are masters at shaking a hook so they will definitely put your skills to the test!
Fishing in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay area has some of the most expansive and thriving flats anywhere in the state of Florida. We often target the trout along with the snook and redfish to complete an inshore slam!
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Just wanted to give a shout out to the Clear Flats crew. Went on a flats trip with my friends in August and we had a great time! Caught a ton
of fish and we can’t wait to get back there again soon.
Me and my son booked a day trip with Capt. Brian. Just wanted to say it was the best time ever. The Capt was professional, knowledgeable, and best of all, put us on a ton of fish. We will be back next year, Thanks Capt. Brian.
I went on a fishing trip with my boyfriend in June. I didn’t think I would like it but I had a blast. Capt. Brian was great in dealing with beginners like me. We will be back soon.
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Charter Captain Brian DopirakMeet the Captain
It all started for Brian at a young age. He grew up as a Florida-native in Palm Harbor where he learned how to fish from one of the most respected fisherman in the state; his father, Captain Al Dopirak. Brian grew up fishing the Tampa Bay area and he had two loves in his life; fishing and baseball! At the age of eight, Brian started playing baseball and continued to play through high school until he got drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round. He played professional baseball a total of close to 10 years, playing for three different major league organizations; the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros. He led his dream life having both loves as a career; baseball through the season and fishing during the offseason.Read More