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In the summer, Florida spotted sea trout are extremely active in the inter-coastal saltwater rivers and bays. These fish are one of the most prized by anglers not only because of there excellent meat but for the fight they deliver when hooked. When in season, the sea trout may be very active but can elude many fisherman. Trout are picky eaters and knowing the right strategies will prove essential when targeting the this species of fish.

The first key to success is to know what trout are eating and where they are looking for it. The food of choice for trout are live shrimp and small bait fish. Many saltwater anglers are using these baits on the bottom with the weight and leader method. For sea trout, in most cases this method just won't work. This species of fish tend to feed near the surface and won't usually be looking for food deeper down. When targeting trout with live bait, you can use a float to keep your bait towards surface or simply free line the live shrimp or bait fish. Remember, in almost any saltwater situation, there will be tide flow. Keep in mind that floating of

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Everyone knows that choosing the right fishing lure is essential to getting the most out of a fishing trip. Unfortunately, many people's understanding of how fish perceive colors is way off base. Here we will look at the five most common mistakes you may be making when you select a lure. We'll set you on the right path and show you how to successfully increase your haul on your next trip. Avoid these five mistakes to land more fish in less time. 

Mistake #1. Using Reds or Orange in Deep Water

To understand how fish perceive colors, try swapping out your bedroom light bulb for a significantly less powerful bulb. At night, you will notice that every color in your room is different and you can't distinguish between colors. The deeper and dirtier that the water is where you fish, the less colors will be visible. To catch more fish, you must use lures in the colors that fish can actually see. Those who fish in deep or dirty fresh water with red or orange lures may not realize that the lure simply looks grey to the fish. Fish such as bass that live in dark,

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Spanning the borders of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, Lake Erie is the fourth-largest of the Great Lakes.  It is also home to one of the world's largest freshwater fish populations.  Based out of Lorain Harbor in Lorain, OH, Eyepopper Fishing Charters spends the fishing season making excursions out into the beautiful Central Basin of this massive lake.  Whether it's your first time out on the water or you are an experienced angler, you will be able to benefit from the wisdom of the Eyepopper's experienced crew.

The Eyepopper has been taking fishermen with all levels of experience out onto the waters of Lake Erie since 1998.  This 27-foot Sportcraft Fishmaster features a 310hp motor, GPS-Lorance 5200, Fish Finder-Color-Eagle, and AutoPilot interfaced with GPS.  It's also equipped for comfort with updated upholstery, a private restroom, and a hardtop to prepare for any weather.

The Eyepopper has an experienced crew with over a century of combined fishing experience under their belt.  The vessel is piloted by Captain Denny, who has been fishing in Lake Erie

Fishing charters offer great services for anglers, allowing them to find professional guides who know the hot local spots and who can help put a client "on the fish" consistently. The words "fishing charter," though, often bring to mind the idea of a fly-in camp in northern Maine or sitting in the fighting chair off the coast of Bimini. Confusion Charters takes the idea of professional guides, but places it within reach of even day-trip anglers: Lake Michigan, just off Chicago's shore. For individuals or small groups, even on a small budget, it's possible to get a package half-day or full-day fishing trip in the rich fishing waters just two or three miles out into the lake. Chinook and Coho salmon, lake and brown trout and even yellow perch can be caught from one of their modern, comfortable boats; for families or business groups, it makes a great outing.

Operating out of the Montrose Harbor on Lakefront Drive in Chicago and from the Northpoint Marina, about an hour north of the city, near the Wisconsin state line, Confusion Charters owns several modern, well-appointed fishing