Posts Tagged ‘speckled trout’

FLORIDA: The Fun of Fall Fishing

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Cooling temps, changing weather patterns and an abundance of bait fish are what most anglers are homing in on these days on the local flats off the Nature Coast. As the summer heat begins to give way to cooling temps and fall breezes, many inshore fish begin migrating from their offshore haunts back into the nutrient rich inshore creeks, cuts, coves and flats that scatter our local water ways. Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Pompano, and Jack Crevalle are commonly the first on the scene, and when they arrive they tend to arrive in force.

It just so happens that the inshore arrival of many of the top game fish coincides with the major migration of mullet, herring, glass minnows, and ballyhoo that are making their return voyage offshore to spawn. It’s when these two migratory groups meet for the first time that all of the fire works really begin. During a recent trip with a group of clients where we were specifically targeting heavily feeding fish on the surface, I witnessed a Jack Crevalle bust a 4lb mullet out of the water with such ferocity that it was shot out of the water nearly 15ft in the air before being engulfed upon its return. That is exactly what anglers have to look forward to when targeting the return of these heavily feeding fish: Major explosions, Acrobatic leaps of faith, and drag screaming runs for cover.

The interesting aspect to consider when targeting these migratory species is that normally these fish tend to leave and return together. So it is not unheard of to see 100+ fish schools returning to the shallows. With this scenario not only considered a possibility but a probability it pays to have multiple rods rigged and ready with a variety of baits and lures just in case these fish decide they want baits that are big or small or lures that can be retrieved fast or slow. It never hurts to be prepared for all situations. I always like to have 2 rods rigged with casting spoons (Barbs Pinched) for extremely aggressive Big Jacks, 2 rods rigged with ΒΌ oz jigs for the fish that are feeding just below the surface like Speckled Trout and Ladyfish, and I even bring along a couple more rods that can be rigged with live bait if the situation calls for it.

During your travels if you find that some of the schools of fish you are targeting are a little harder to approach than others I have found a great way to bring these fish into closer casting quarters. On all of my charters these days I bring a rigged spinning rod with a HUGE topwater plug (NO hooks). This works very well for enticing large schools of fish closer to the boat. The trick when using this technique is to work the lure as fast as you can on the surface to draw the attention of feeding fish. You may even want to tie on a small piece of wire to ensure that these fish are not able to make off with your “Hookless Beauty.”

With cooling temps approaching, great fishing action abound, and a variety of species to target this is an Awesome time of year to take in some great Nature Coast Fishing.

Capt. Kyle Messier
Red Hot Fishing Charters
P: 352-634-4002


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N. CAROLINA: Beach Fishing

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Carolina Beach fishing is in full swing with the arrival of the small menhaden in the Cape Fear river the red drum bite really improved with a number of fish over 27″ being caught. Slot size in North Carolina is 18″-27″TL.

Fishing with live menhaden on Carolina rigs has been productive in catching red drum,flounder,and speckle trout this week.

Cape Fear River Fishing Forecast:
Historically July & August are great months to fish with the Cape Fear Guide for red drum.

Capt. Michael Dennis
Cape Fear Guide
P: 910-619-0928


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TEXAS: Sabine Lake Fishing is great.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

We are fishing mid lake to the north end and to east pass. Also the ICW fishing over shell flats working 2ft to 4ft water, keying on birds.

Also working early morning speckled trout to 5 lbs and fishing open water with nice red fish mixed in this pattern. This has been working well, tides have been coming in early morning and the mid day bite has been on the shoreline. Keying on shrimp/mullet fishing slow and finding bait boxing, good numbers of speckled trout on outgoing tides.

Also the flounder fishing has picked up with the high tides, fishing the points and drops 2 to 4 ft water, and working the mouths of bayous. My best flounder bite is on out going tides and fishing grass points with the light north winds this month.

Sabine pass jetties have started to hold nice speckled trout red fish in the early morning.

Beach Front fishing has picked up with nice speckled trout showing in the early morning bite. Sabine pass channel is holding nice flounder fishing at 2ft to 6ft water, off points and drops, keying on bait on shell flats with red fish mixed in.

My Best Baits are Stunt Grunt, Browns, Devils Eye, Down South Lures, Fishbites, and Shrimp tipping with each bait best fishing Red fish/Flounder. Also using Xtreme Scent 5″ jerk Baits and Sonar Shad B Dogs Spoons for Fishing the birds.

Good Fishing.

Capt. Randy Foreman
Captain Randy’s Guide Service
P: 409-719-6067


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3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
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Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole

LOUISIANA: No Oil in Hopedale Louisiana

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

NO OIL IN HOPEDALE LA!

The fishing this past week has really been great. Speckled trout and redfsish are abundant . Ran a few trips and had boxes full of fish every time. Our area is open to fishing and the fish are biting. If you want to come out a catch some I can show you a great time and send you home with fish for dinner and some for the freezer.

Who knows how long it will remain be open.

CAPT. GENE DUGAS
RATHER BE FISHING ADVENTURES
985-640-0569


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Transom Mounts
5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
10 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Motor Mount & 10ft Pole
Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole