Speckled Trout Are Late to the Party
Part of the What's Biting Series
“This has been the funniest year ever for spring trout fishing,” said Captain Lee Robinson. It may be a funny year, but I have yet to find a trout fisherman laughing at their tardiness.
How late are they?
Let's just say if the speckled trout were in charge of the Mullet Toss this year, it would have taken place over Memorial Day weekend. Local guides and fisherman feel the trout are about 30 days late to their springtime locations.
Robinson has been steadily catching fish along the Intracoastal Waterway between The Wharf and LuLu's. "That is a great wintertime location, but we are still catching fish there. Usually by this time, the fish have moved on from there." But there are signs of improved speckled trout punctuality. Marty Kennedy, who was visiting from Daphne, caught a nice box of trout in Old River last Friday. Reports of speckled trout being caught are starting to come from the Gulf State Park Pier, Innerarity Point, Perdido Bay, and Wolf Bay.
Soon the action will heat up in our all of our local bays, inshore reefs, and along the beach. Speckled trout is without a doubt Alabama's most popular game fish, and the many different ways you can catch them is a huge part of their appeal.
While Robinson and Kennedy both enjoyed success on their recent trout trips, they each used different methods to catch their fish. Robinson concentrated on using live bait for his clients while Kennedy chose to throw lures. "There is nothing that beats live shrimp for trout. Just like most of us, it is a delicacy for them," said Robinson.
"I have been free lining the shrimp with a small split shot on a kale hook." Kale hooks are great for live bait. The wide hook gap and a simple technique of just reeling the line tight when you feel a strike almost always results in the fish being hooked in the corner of the mouth. That hook placement makes it much easier for the angler to unhook the fish (as opposed to a treble hook) and results in a healthier fish if released. Using live bait will almost always catch more fish than using artificial baits.