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Captain's Corner: Catching speckled trout

What's hot: Speckled trout action is incredible after the very cold nights of the past week. Many of the fish are 15-20 inches with some as long as 25 inches also caught. Early morning low tides have made locating the fish pretty easy with the best feeding during the times of strongest tidal movement.

Tackle and techniques: The overall theme: Go deep and go slow. Shallower areas aren't holding as many trout as in weeks past. One-quarter to one-eighth-ounce jigheads with 3-inch plastic tails work best. Use a 2-foot length of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader material with a small loop knot for tying a lure to the leader. The loop knot will maximize the lure's natural action. Make long casts while drifting over grassflats 6-10 feet deep. Run the jig just above bottom until feeling the solid "thump" of a trout striking the lure. Raise the rod tip up and start reeling quickly to set the hook. Anchor up a location where you get multiple hookups and return to drifting if the action slows. Pinched-down barbs on lures help with the release of trout. An angler may harvest four trout in the South Region. All can be in the range of 15-20 inches, and one may be more than 20 inches.

Captain's Corner: Catching speckled trout 01/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 6:54pm]
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