There’s no easier situation to catch speckled trout than with a falling tide in the autumn, but for every falling tide, there’s a rising tide. That means if you simply go fishing at a set time, there’s a 50-percent chance your trip will coincide with a rise.
Fortunately, that’s not a deal-breaker. A rising tide this time of year can still provide some really good action, certainly better than a tide in either direction during much of the rest of the year.
It did for me on my most recent trip. I delayed my launch time by a few hours, not even leaving home until noon, in hopes of fishing a falling tide, but Mother Nature threw me a curveball. A stiff easterly wind prevented the tide from falling on schedule, and actually pushed more water into the marsh throughout my entire trip.
Rather than beating my head against a wall, I abandoned my falling-tide plans, and fished a pattern that’s always productive on a rising tide this time of year. Not only that, it’s just a really fun way to fish.
Many speckled trout set up shop in winding bayous in October and November to beat their compatriots to the shrimp migrating out of the marshes. On swift tides, these fish concentrate at the bends of these bayous to use the eddies as ambush areas, and fill their bellies.
Catching them requires some specific gear, but it’s stuff many anglers may already have in their garages and tackle boxes.
For all the details of the rising-tide pattern, check out the video below.
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