Can you give me your #1 speckled tout bait?

Can you give me your #1 speckled tout bait?

When it comes to catching speckled trout, the best bait will almost always be live bait. If you have ever heard the term, ‘match the hatch’ that holds true when it comes to catching specs. If you can find out what the specs are feeding on in their natural habitat, and match it, you will see results. If you can catch bait fish right from the water you intend to fish, even better! Shrimp under a float, or small, live baitfish work well, but you can catch specs with fresh or fresh frozen bait as well. Now, all anglers know the benefits of artificial baits and lures, and without doubt there are some fine ones out there that will serve you well when it comes to catching speckled trout. Some you can try are listed below. When you are planning to fish below the surface, you can bet on Berkley Power Baits, and my favorite color for specs is pumpkinseed. If you are fishing grass beds, try the weedless Jerk Shad. If you are fishing sand holes try the Power Mullet in about a 4″ size, on a jighead. If you need it, you can try a topwater plug in a walking type. Bass Assassin 3″ PaddleTails in an electric chicken or a screw tail will serve you well. Use it as a jig with a slow cast and retrieve method, under a Cajun Thunder float. Other options are Mirrolures, Jerkbaits, Gulp artificials in swimming mullet or Gulp Shrimp will also show good results when you are fishing for specs, as will Gulp eels on chartreuse jig heads.

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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