What is the best strategy for catching speckled trout?

What is the best strategy for catching speckled trout?

I fish for speckled trout in Florida, most often on the grass flats and inlets in the Northern Atlantic. The water I am fishing is generally between one and three foot deep. Stealth is of course a key ingredient to a good fishing trip in this type of situation. You need to refrain from making noise and approach areas in as much silence as possible. You can generally locate the fish through your power of observation. If you can learn to read the surface of the water for signs of trout you have a leg up on the exercise. This is important because you will catch many more fish with a light setup, especially light line. This allows you to position your boat a long distance from the fish, reducing your chances of spooking them. Light setups can cast for long distances. For bait I like to use a somewhat small jig head that is brightly colored. Florescent colors like red and blue work great. I also on occasion will use while or chartreuse. I typically have a short plastic skirt of a different color than the jig head. I prefer to use a skirt that contrasts with the color of the jig head rather than complementing it. Finally I will tip my jog head with a small bit of fresh shrimp or in some cases a small live shrimp. If you are a purist that only wants to use artificial bait this is not necessary but it will increase your catch ratio.

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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