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I caught a keeper flounder and a nice drum today using live bait. The whole morning though I was watching finger mullet get chased up and down grass lines in 2-4 feet of water. Can I catch trout chasing in areas like that or is it pretty much just drum? The area was a large bay off the ICW that was anywhere from 1 foot deep to 4 feet deep with grass edges?

I know what to look for a little bit with throwing cut mullet out for drum but not as much what to look for when it comes to trout and reds when throwing top water.

I need a trip with Breadman in a bad way :D
 

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I caught a keeper flounder and a nice drum today using live bait. The whole morning though I was watching finger mullet get chased up and down grass lines in 2-4 feet of water. Can I catch trout chasing in areas like that or is it pretty much just drum? The area was a large bay off the ICW that was anywhere from 1 foot deep to 4 feet deep with grass edges?

I know what to look for a little bit with throwing cut mullet out for drum but not as much what to look for when it comes to trout and reds when throwing top water.

I need a trip with Breadman in a bad way :D
Fishing the type of area you are describing I have had success throwing a popping cork with DOA shrimp on an 18" leader. I also caught trout on a MirrOLure MirrOmullet top water bait.
 

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Fishing the type of area you are describing I have had success throwing a popping cork with DOA shrimp on an 18" leader. I also caught trout on a MirrOLure MirrOmullet top water bait.
I put a Rapala skitter walk on tonight. I am going back early tomorrow and will try my luck topwater. Thanks
 

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When you see fish breaking and chasing bait all you need to do is think like the fish. What are they after, how is it moving, and where are they finding it. In your case today a topwater like a Badonka-donk, she dog, top pup, etc would have done the trick. a popping cork is always a handy go to in any situation but do not toss it at the fish, try to place it where wind or current will carry it by them, don't spook them with a big splash.. Often fish in shallow water can be very easily spooked as they know they have no where to run from natural predators since they cant just shoot deep..
 
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May be just me but I've never spooked drum by throwing artificials. Running a boat into them they are gone and not coming back but not splashes from baits. Sometimes hitting them on the head makes them eat a top water. YMMV

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if you've never spooked a drum casting artificials you haven't fished for them long enough...

Trout and reds will both hit topwater without thinking twice, especially if they are busting bait on the top water. cast past them and bring it by them. don't drop it directly on top of their noses.
 
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