Speckled trout anglers endured a miserable February that may go down as the worst in history. The fishing was the only thing that sucked more than the weather, as specks were harder to find than reliable coronavirus information. No one knew if that was the beginning of a trend, or if the fishing would improve when the weather finally did.
Well, now we have our answer.
Over the last 10 days or so, anglers have found really good speckled trout action across the coast, and fortunately, my son Joel and I were able to get in on it at the end of last week. Since the tide was weak but rising, we decided we’d check deep-water bayous to see if any fish had moved in to munch on the juvenile croakers that collect there every spring.
At our first stop, we picked away at a few, until we made a slight adjustment that resulted in truly silly action that put one speckled trout after another into our ice chest. Best of all, the fish we caught were nearly all keepers, with only two measuring below Louisiana’s 12-inch-minimum size limit.
It was as easy as fishing gets.
Hot baits for the day were limbo slice- and pink champagne-colored Matrix Shads teamed with 3/8-ounce Deathgrip Jigheads, along with a chrome/blue Rat-L-Trap.
Winds were light out of the southeast, and water clarity was excellent.
To see the incredible action for yourself, check out the video below.
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