This week brought positive changes in the fishing! The water conditions are super low and the clearest I have seen in a long time, but it is still cold and barren. In other words, most flats are tough right now. These conditions make our canal fishing fire! Pretty much all canal systems in both the Banana and Indian will hold trout. Most the trout range from 8 to 14 inches, but this time of year sometimes produces some gators like the fat 25′ I caught. The key right now is slow and on the bottom. Fish paddletails and Gulp shrimp on a jig head just outside the mangroves. With the water levels having dropped, skipping way under mangroves seems to be unnecessary for the time. Artificial consistently catches the trout and smaller reds, but live shrimp sometimes increases the quality. I did much better on live shrimp this weekend than artificial, but it did not matter when the pressure was less before the word got out and IFA brought dozens of boats to most top spots.