Can you give me a basic speckled trout fishing rig?

Can you give me a basic speckled trout fishing rig?

A basic rig for spec fishing would definitely include the more simple rigs used for bottom fishing if you plan to fish for table sized speckled trout. It is easy to make your own bottom rigs, but you can also use the ones that are premade. Just be sure the wire leader rigs you choose have a place for two hooks as well as your sinker, and you will be all set to catch specs up to about two pounds. Another tip would be to use long, thin squid strips that will dangle off your hook when you are fishing for them, and it is just like ringing a dinner bell! If you want to catch a bit larger specs, you might want to adapt your rig a bit to appeal to them. Try using a smaller, lighter weight of bucktail, either a hairy skirt of a hairy hook. You can use a flounder rig sometimes called a fluke killer, to catch the bigger specs, say in the two to four pound range, and they will work quite well for you. Just use a three way swivel, and make a 24 inch leader, and try a presnelled hook such as a Eagle Claw hook. Use long strips of squid or cut bait and hook it so that it dangles from your hook. Try drift fishing for this rig, hit the deeper holes, and you should have good results. Either of these rigs should work well for you catching specs, but as always, it is a matter of trial and error, so your best bet is to get out there and find out what works best for you.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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