This week the Space Coast has been some really awesome fishing, even with the crazy wind and unstable weather pattern the inshore and nearshore bite has been incredible.

Cobia have been showing good around the wrecks and reefs hitting slow trolled live or dead baits, however what I have been the most excited about has been the speckled trout bite throughout the lagoon. Water levels are low but the trout definitely don’t seem to mind. Early mornings make for great opportunities to catch large trout on topwater plugs. Smaller rapala skitter-walks in natural colors like black and silver or pearl are my favorite. They are a great representation of a small finger mullet — a favorite meal for the speckled trout. As the sun gets higher and higher large soft plastic swim-baits like gulp paddle-shads have been producing, as well.

Anglers can always depend on catching their larger trout on live bait, finger mullet, pigfish, pinfish and more. Spoil islands, drop offs, and large flats with silver mullet pods are the best areas to find these fish. Try to make long casts and use lighter leader to produce more bites! Gator Sea trout are one of the most challenging fish to catch especially when water levels are low, it’s important to be patient, and keep your bait as far away from the boat as possible. It’s also crucial to take great care of these trophies and to return them to the lagoon. These large trout are breeders and produce thousands of eggs which are crucial for our next generation.