A Time for Speckled Trout
Speckled trout, also known as sea trout, are one of the most popular game fish of modern times. No matter where they are found or when anglers get an opportunity to pursue them speckled trout are always well worth the effort. But there is very little which compares to the late winter bite in sunny Florida.
Speckled trout are always a treat to catch, but during late winter the bite really picks up and anglers who take advantage of it soon find the perfect cure for winter blues. Here are a few tips to get you on the fish and filling your creel.
1. Hiding in tall grass – during the cooler winter months speckled trout will move inland seeking warmer, shallow water. But they are still ambush feeders so they will seek out habitat which allows them to hide and surprise unsuspecting meals. Grass flat are a favorite hide, especially those covering sandy bottoms. Narrow your search by focusing near depressions or ledges, areas which offer natural ambush points.
2. Hot under the lights – speckled trout are predator and that means most of their energy is spent feeding. One the trout’s favorite food is shrimp and the easiest way to locate trout is to find the shrimp. If there are any boat docks with lights nearby these should be your first target after dark – the lights attract the shrimp and the shrimp attract the trout.
3. Search and destroy– not every grass flat or dock will hold trophies or even single fish. You will need to cast, retrieve and move if that spot doesn’t produce. Although live bait and lures can be equally successful in catching speckled trout lures are much better for the repeated casting need to initially find them.
4. Go big, catch big – as the temperature drops most fish will become a little lethargic, including the speckled trout. While this doesn’t mean they will not bite it does mean they will be less likely to chase every bait or lure offered. You can counter this by making your offering a little bit more tempting then the others by increasing its size. Using large pieces of bait or lures will mean the trout gets more bang for their buck. Increasing to larger shrimp, pinfish or plastic will not only draw out more speckled trout but also tempt the larger trophies that need big meals to survive.
5. Slower is better – once they hit even winter speckled trout are a furious target, but it does take a little convincing to get them to actually bite. Aside from using larger lures or baits you can also slow down you presentation, leaving it in the strike zone as long as possible.
Good luck, good fishing!