Cal Cossich of the @reelprioritiesfishingteam can be found fishing the banks of the Mississippi in his trusty Tilley hat. See our top Tilley hat & clothing picks for Cal’s team & read his pro tips on catching Speckled Trout.
PRO TIPS FOR CATCHING SPECKLED TROUT
Study tide charts and know when tides are moving the strongest. Understanding tides and how they relate to fish location and bait movement will bring you success.
Find the bait. Bait is hard to find this time of year, so when you see any movement, stay with it.
I normally fish in deeper water when the water is chilly, and start moving in the shallows when water temperatures increase.
Twitch baits are typically what I use this time of year. Choose slow, sinking twitch baits to match the water colour.
When water temperature heats up, I will strictly throw topwater lures over grass flats, any shallows with bait present, drop offs, or structure.
Topwater usually produces better quality trout instead of many school trout, but when you are on the fish, topwater can be good for quality and quantity.
I find in most cases, a slow retrieval with frequent pauses often produce bigger fish. Maybe due to the fact that this motion mimics an injured bait fish which a mature trout sees as easy prey.
OUR TOP TILLEY HAT & CLOTHING PICKS
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