Trout fishing has been my most-productive target to start the new year. Cold fronts and cold water are making conditions difficult to target snook and reds. Redfish are unaffected by colder water; it’s the conditions that make them hard to target. Strong winds from passing cold fronts make it hard to work the shallow-water flats. The wave action causes water to slap the hull, making a lot of noise. This spooks reds long before you even see them. On the other hand, higher winds can make it ideal for trout fishing. I use my bottom machine to locate grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Motor to the edge of the grass flats upwind and deploy a sea anchor. The anchor slows drift and allows for a more-effective coverage of the area. If I have good drift, I run back upwind and use my GPS to arrange the next drift. Fort De Soto, Tierra Verde and Pinellas Point are all areas that have a lot of grass flats, so I target the deeper flats around their. Light tackle can make trout fishing more enjoyable. Ten-braided line (size of 2-pound diameter) with 20-pound camouflage leader and a quarterounce, red jig head with a soft plastic bait is my favorite lure. There are many plastic tails available; it’s just a matter of preference. Root beer and white are my favorite colors.