Speckled Trout are the most widely caught game fish along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia to Florida. They are caught from boats, kayaks, waders, from the shore, and from piers. The methods used to target speckled trout are just a varied as the type of angler pursuing them. The popularity of speckled trout stems from their abundance and quality meat. Adding to this is their willingness to hit both natural and artificial baits and their year round availability.
The next thing you need to know about sea trout are the habits of a speckled trout. They spend their entire lives in the same area. They do not migrate at all. Once you find them, as long as a spot is not overfished, you can catch them in the same spots through the years. Spawning time is from May to July, and this is when they are most active for feeding. They will also spawn multiple times during this range.
Here are some speckled trout fishing tips and techniques that have proven to work well.
A very popular method for catching speckled trout is wading in the surf. You want to fish in the “guts” of the surf. The dips between the sandbars off the beaches, especially during high tides. Do Not wade into the guts. Stand atop the sandbars and cast INTO the guts. You don’t want to disturb these areas.
If you see a flock of birds in the water, get ready. Speckled trout and other predators are tearing through bait fish, and the birds are picking up the scraps. Get into position, and cast right into the fray.
If you’re going to try some lures, try these: Johnson spoons, Zara Spooks, bucktail jigs, and Mirro Lures.
Generally speaking, fish shallow early and late in the day and fish adjacent channels, holes and drop offs in the middle of the day most of the year. During late fall, winter and exceptionally cold snaps, fish deep water in marinas, deep channels and the deepest holes in flats areas. During moderate weather and overcast days, stay on shallow flats and reefs longer. During cooler months, trout may move up a little later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon or may just stay in the deeper parts of the bays.
Finally, If you are in the right water at the right time of day and still not catching, vary your bait. Different size trout will eat differently, with smaller trout eating shrimp and small fish, while larger trout eat only larger fish. It may just be that you are fishing for the wrong size trout.
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