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As the weather cools, bait stocks diminish along the coast, making spotted sea trout vulnerable to anglers. Brunswick-area fishermen say that when the weather and water are warm, sportfish get all they want to eat simply by swimming around with their mouths open. But in winter, the same fish have a more difficult time finding food.Cast grub jigs, sinking, minnow-like plugs and soft-plastic shrimp imitations to score big on trout, which average one to three pounds. The mouths of tidal creeks and oyster bar drop-offs are choice locations during running tides when the water is clear. Contact: Guide Mark Noble (912-634-1219); guide Greg Hildreth (912-261-1763); Golden Isles Marina (912-634-1128); Georgia Coastal Resources Department (912-634-7218).