When you visit our part of the world, you’ll come to realize that we offer some of the best speckled trout fishing around. This is especially the case in the summer/early fall months when the coastal waters are warm, and all kinds of baitfish are found in this nutrient-enriched environment. Hungry speckled trout are in hunt of anything they can find to stuff their bellies – shrimp, croakers, anchovies, mullet, and menhaden. All the while, the captains of our chartered inshore fishing trips know just where to go to find these monster trout. Check out some of our strategies below.
Scan the Skies. A novice angler is always looking up for signs of birds when it comes to trout fishing. This is because the trout come very close to the surface in search of bait. If you have a trolling motor, ease up to the outer edge of the birds, just within casting range, and watch for the shrimp jumping across the surface. This is where you’re sure to find a ton of trout.
Take Advantage of the Feeding Frenzy. When a trout is in a feeding frenzy, they will latch on to anything, even a topwater bait. There’s always a good chance you will catch other trout species as well such as sand seatrout, southern kingfish, Spanish mackerel, sharks, redfish, ladyfish, and bluefish.
Follow Your Nose. Always keep your nose alert for scents coming down wind. The reason is because speckled trout often regurgitate their food after their feeding frenzies, and an oily sheen pops up to the surface. Many times you will smell the distinct odor (resembling watermelon) before you see it, particularly if you’re down wind. Keep in mind, the smaller the slick, the closer the fish since the wind and tide haven’t had time to spread it out.
Chart the Moon. An interesting fact, but the best time to catch monster speckled trout is three days before or after a full moon.
Choose the Right Bait & Equipment. A great bait to use for speckled trout fishing is a live croaker. Live pinfish, mullet, menhaden, and even artificial baits work well too, and we always suggest using popping corks, top water lures, and a 2-20ft with rod and reel.
The average size of a male speckled trout is 19 inches; female is around 25 inches. In Venice, LA, you’ll typically catch a 2 to 4 pounder, and currently the daily bag limit for speckled trout is 25 per person. You’ve got the basics of trout fishing down, so now all you need to do is call us at (504) 909-TUNA to book your next inshore chartered fishing trip!