What is your strategy or system for catching speckled trout?

What is your strategy or system for catching speckled trout?

I fish for Speckled Trout primarily along the grass flats of Florida. The water they typically inhabit can be as shallow as one to three feet. You can catch them in deeper water but I have found the most success targeting Speckled Trout in the shallow grass flats. When fishing the flats you must be very concerned with stealth. Approach these fish as slowly and quietly as possible. A boat with a push pole is an excellent tool for fishing these flats. I notice people fishing for Speckled Trout with gear that simply does not match the quarry they are chasing. You need to go light for several reasons. A light rod is important because you will often be making long casts to these fish. Speckled Trout will not often slam into a lure or piece of bait. You need the sensitivity of a high quality light action rod to feel pickups. A high quality reel that holds at least one hundred yards for six to eight pound line is recommended. The reel is not a very important piece of equipment when fishing for this species. High quality fluorocarbon line is a must when fishing for Speckled Trout. This species is very cautious, the invisibility factor of this line is very important. Again I recommend using line in the six to eight pound class. For bait I like to use a fairly large jig with color contrast between the head and body. Tip the jig with a live shrimp or piece of shrimp and you are ready for action.

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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