I’m Chris Bush and I’m addicted to speckled trout fishing. Over the course of my life, the desire to pursue these fish has only intensified so much so that I now own and operate a site called Speckled Truth - a community dedicated to trout purist who empathize and share my passion.
I mention that solely because for the foreseeable future I’ll be writing a monthly column for Live Waist Deep, which is a brand ironically founded on the lifestyle with which I target my intended quarry – waist deep. So, since we’re on the subject of wade fishing, I’d like to discuss for my first entry why it’s so effective.
2 Speckled Trout Fishing Tips Every Fisherman Needs to Know
STEALTHBig trout, by nature, differ from their smaller relatives mainly because they’re a different fish anatomically than smaller “school” trout. When they reach inches in the mid twenties, they shift from the “strength in numbers” mindset to that of lone rangers. Bodies, now capable of resisting harsher environmental (water temp) and external predatory (Porpoises and birds of prey) conditions, they wonder onto flats to stalk larger finfish. Often times, this typically takes place in less than waist deep, often knee deep water, which places greater emphasis on stealth as an angler. One of the ways to achieve this is by avoiding hull slap and slammed hatches and simply hopping overboard.
APPROACHOften I’m asked, “What’s your approach to targeting big trout?” In other words, how do you determine what to throw and when. Despite being able to write a doctorate thesis on such a topic, I typically respond with be confident, remain open minded and understand expectation management. Wade fishing, by its very nature, allows me to do all three. While I’m wading, I’m confident knowing that I’m fishing high potential water for a big bite. Bait presence is always a key factor in determining what areas to wade and once I make that decision - its often the shallower the higher potential. Wadefishing also allows me to be open minded. By simply having my feet on the surface floor I can have a better understanding of the contour and type of structure I’m fishing and adjust lure presentation according to tide and time of year. Lastly, expectation management. This is the hardest of the three because if you’re targeting big fish, bites are few and far between. I often advise other anglers that these fish aren’t the status quo, so our approach shouldn’t be status quo either. Throwing bigger baits (corkies and topwater) by virtue leave bites behind versus a jig which will produce a strike from any and everything. In other words, expect a lot of your cast to come up empty.
Here’s the silver lining though, fishing, especially wadefishing, for speckled trout is one of the most productive ways to catch that elusive monster. If you have any doubts, I encourage you to sift through a myriad of online articles like 3 Simple Tips for Artificial Bait Success and social media pages. Heck give Speckled Truth a try, and quickly you’ll realize that maybe there’s more to being waist deep than you initially thought.
I hope to spread the passion and joy of speckled trout fishing in the months to come, but until then remember to take what fish you need for a meal and release the rest to safeguard our fishery for many years to come.
Tight lines and God Bless everyone!
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