I like to start off with a topwater plug and work it at various speeds until you find out what the fish are hitting on, once you do – keep working it the same way. If you’re also not getting any hits, change the color, you just have to find out what they’re hitting on. On a calmer day, go with a less noisy topwater plug so as to not spook the fish but just attract them. If a chop kicks up then have a higher pitch rattle in the lure.
Early on, the inshore slam (trout/redfish/snook) should be in the shallower water amongst the grass and bait, then as the sun rises they’ll move out to deeper water. However, sometimes you’ll find some fish that act differently. As I was fishing the North Palm Beach kayak tournament this past weekend, I would drift upon trout sunbathing themselves on the top of the water column, backs almost fully out of the water, in 2′ depth. I caught a few in this shallow of water in the middle of the day using a weedless Logic Lure rig, chicken color, with a sliding 1/16 of an ounce weight.
Last week I had the opportunity to take out a few of my friends who had never been kayak fishing before after a failed attempt at going diving for lobster, so it was our close second choice! I had them using white curly tail DOA lures on a 1/16 to 1/8 oz jigheads, and they proved to be the bait of choice for the morning as Jeremy was able to get his first trout and Shawn reeled in his first snook! They had a blast getting out on the water and I’m sure were starting to fall asleep as I told them what to look for on the water and where to cast. I think they had a great time!
Here’s a few pictures of the North Palm Beach tournament from this past weekend, they had both an offshore division and an inshore kayak division. The wahoo bite has been hot as many were weighed in, with a couple 50 pounders tipping the scale.