Pay attention to the rules. In the past two weeks I have encountered anglers that were not aware that Trout was closed for Nov and Dec. These are not people new to the area. The excuse that it is too hard to keep track of the regulations is lame at best.
Go to snookfoundation.org to find the new changes to Trout regulations that were voted on this month. It's good to know that organizations are out there watching out for anglers interest. Two that I see the most are CCA and the Snook and Gamefish Foundation. Give them your full support and maybe we will not wind up behind the power curve like the offshore anglers did and continue to do. I hear complaints about the generous limits for Commercial Anglers. When you have a chance try to follow what they do for a day. 75 Trout is a hefty catch that even the best Splatter Polers have a hard time getting. When you hear tales of 50 or more Trout a day by recreational anglers, I will bet that they would not make the slot with most of the fish. A few years back I weighed a 9.91 Trout in a tournament, released alive and kicking hard after weigh in. You would be surprised as to the number of anglers that told me that they catch fish like that all the time. I have also heard about the 10 to 15 pounders that anglers catch while pre-fishing for tournaments.
The fishing has not been great. The water is still too dirty for sight fishing and will stay that way until the winds ease off. The water levels have started to drop and have brought a few fish out of the Mangroves. Schools of bait are plentiful on the flats. The only thing out this week was a lot of Lady fish in the 12 inch range. Fun, but a lot of trouble when you are looking for big Trout. Boated one good slot Trout and got into the nursery in another area. Once again found one Mouse Red. Worked the Mangrove edges off a residential canal hoping to find a sign of Snook. Nothing even moving. Plenty of small bait, but no Snook.