Baldwin County inshore anglers have a variety of reefs to choose from when targeting speckled trout. In the Orange Beach area, there are four inshore reefs – Rockpile, Ross Point, Bayou St. John, and Ono Island. Anglers who prefer to put in at Fort Morgan can quickly hit the Fort Morgan Barge or head into Bon Secour Bay to try the Shellbank Reef, Fish River Reef, or Bayou Cour Reef. There are also several legacy gas structures that can hold fish.
When the trout first start biting in the spring, many times they’ll hang around the reefs and take artificial baits like minnow-imitation grubs on quarter-ounce jigheads or hard baits like MirroLures. The MirroDines have been especially productive lately. Of course, any inshore angler should have a shrimp imitation lure like a Vudu Shrimp or DOA Shrimp tied underneath a popping cork. At times, that’s what the trout want and nothing else.
While the trout are on artificial bait, it’s best to keep throwing it. At some point, the trout will start to get finicky and will be hard to catch on anything but live bait.