As requested. An overview of Gulf Coast Speckle Trout fishing.

During the months of May, June, and July, a great many anglers in the Gulf Coast region head to the beach to snare the Speckle Trout. The Speckle Trout is a large trout, silver in color with olive-green tinting. The “speckle” is given by the many small black dots that extend from its dorsal fin down to the tail. Commonly, the Speckle Trout is between 14 to 18 inches long, and weighs between one to three pounds. Its lower jaw is generally more prominent than its upper jaw and its mouth encapsulates two canine teeth. Speckle Trout prefer small crustaceans, shrimp, and small fish for their diets.

In April, the Speckle Trout move to shallower waters for reproduction and feeding. They will be in large schools at this point in the year. Speckle Trout generally hang out near drop-offs, near the safe haven of deeper waters. They also use any kind of cover, such as bridges, rock piles and even docked boats. A quiet approach is needed so as to not spook the fish, but it is rare that you spot them before they spot you. The best way to hook a Speckle Trout is to wade fish, asa boat makes too much noise. Along cast will keep the distance between you and the fish, making you harder for the fish to detect. Employ slow retrieve tactics to bring your fish in.

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