There are also a number of commercially available lights that connect to a battery source and are lowered into the water. Any light or medium saltwater tackle will work for trout fishing. Sometimes they’ll be near the bottom, and at other times, they’ll feed near the surface. With this Fishing Boat Charters Bradenton in mind, you might use several different rigs for catching trout in a single day. There are quite a few different areas that provide excellent fishing for spotted sea trout. However, the prime areas for both numbers and trophy fish are the bays and flats all along the Gulf Coast.
If the fish are going to slow down, you need to slow down and scale down tackle wise as well. You want to use smaller soft plastics, lighter jig heads with a slow presentation because the fish are going to be more lethargic and lazier in the wintertime. I like to freeline shrimp on a 1/0 hook while fishing for Speckled Trout.
MirrOlure’s Top Pup series of lures is a good choice for this style of fishing. While many anglers focus on grass beds, and rightfully so, oyster bars are fantastic spots for speckled trout fishing. The best bars will be shallow on one side while dropping off to several feet of water on the other. Most fish will be caught on the deeper edge as the trout cruise in search of food. Low, incoming tides are best as it will concentrate fish in the deeper areas.
I run across specks, reds, stripers and bluefish here on the Chesapeake Bay. Each species makes a different surface commotion as it feeds, so it’s possible to determine which species is feeding. We look for large swirls with a sucking/popping noise when targeting trophy specks. As Florida begins to cool off in mid to late October, we begin to see a resurgence of Sea Trout on the shallow grass flats on the west coast of Florida. During the late fall and early winter, I will target Sea Trout early in the morning with topwater baits.
This heavier lbs test braid gives anglers a little bit of extra power and higher breaking strength to help stop those larger unexpected gamefish. I adjust my leader depending on the time of the year and size of braid I use. With 15# braid, I typically use 20# 100% Infinity Fluorocarbon Leader just for abrasions. In the wintertime, I like to drop down fairly light fluorocarbon leader, between 12# and 15#.
It is deadly for snook both out on the beach and went fishing the lighted docks and bridges at night. It also works very well on the beaches for false albacore as well as over the deeper grass flats for speckled trout and other species. The combination of a lead head jig and a soft plastic grub body is without a doubt the number one spotted sea trout artificial lure. Size requirements will vary, however a 1/4 ounce jig with a 3 inch to 4 inch grub is an excellent all-around bait.
Aggressive pops with a pause afterward usually result in instant action. Some trout caught may have worms embedded in the flesh along the backbone. These “spaghetti” worms are larval stages of a tapeworm that can only reach maturity in sharks.
I’m partial to the Texas Croaker color on a 1/16- or 1/8-ounce jig head depending on water depth. A topwater plug convincingly mimics an injured mullet, one of the speckled sea trout’s favorite victims. Many folks consider the MirrOLure Fatboy Corky a winter and early spring favorite. This lure perfectly imitates a shad which, during the colder winter months when smaller bait fish are scarcer, is ideal.