How To Catch Speckled Seatrout, Lures & Baits

Spotted sea trout caught near oyster bars are often larger fish. Spotted sea trout can be caught on a wide variety of artificial lures and live bait. The top live baits are shrimp and small bait fish such as pinfish, grunts, mullet, croakers, and herring. The jig and grub combo is Capt Jim’s favorite artificial lure.

The worms cannot survive in man even if the seatrout is eaten raw. The worms can easily be removed when the fish is cleaned to make the meat more appealing. They are most common in the shallow bays during spring and summer. Fishing Boat Charters Bradenton Florida As water temperatures decline during fall, fish move into deeper bay waters and the Gulf of Mexico. As water temperatures warm in the spring the fish move back into the shallows of the primary and secondary bays.

Many anglers fishing the flats prefer two hours before and after the high tide. Outgoing tides are generally more productive when fishing tidal creeks as well as passes and inlets. Extreme low tides and winter will concentrate trout in holes. However, as long as the water is moving, fish can be located and caught someplace. If you want to get more experience saltwater fishing using artificial lures, sea trout are an ideal species to pursue because they are willing biters and hard fighters.

The waters from the Ten Thousand Islands in southwest Florida north and around the coastline to Texas provide perfect habitat for these fish. The abundance of shallow water flats with grass and oyster bottom are perfect for sea trout to flourish. You’ll also tempt your targets with synthetic shrimp like the original D.O.A. Shrimp lure, Egret Vudu Shrimp or Savage Gear TPE 3D Manic shrimp.

Speckled trout can’t resist the smell and presentation of a croaker. When fishing croaker, use a Kahle or “K” hook and rig it through their back right on the lateral line. You can also rig the hook through the nose of the croaker when fishing deeper water. Select the size of your hook based on the size of the fish in batch of croaker you picked up. The right finesse touch with a lure can ignite a reaction strike from even the most gorged sea trout.