Speckled trout are a constant target on the Florida flats
Speckled trout are a constant target on the flats of Palm Harbor, Clearwater, and Dunedin. 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 Palm Harbor, Clearwater, and Dunedin 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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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