Don’t Forget Spoons For Specks

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Spoons are not the most popular lure to use for speckled trout in the modern era.

In fact, they are usually left off of best lure discussions, however, they are extremely effective from the surf to the bay.

Here are four tips for using spoons for specks.

  1. Choose the Right Spoon: Selecting the appropriate spoon is crucial for enticing speckled trout. Opt for spoons in sizes ranging from 1/8 to 3/4 ounces, depending on the depth and current of your fishing spot. For shallower waters or when targeting smaller trout, lighter spoons work best, while heavier spoons are ideal for deeper waters or when casting against strong currents. Silver tends to work best for specks, although some prefer white or even bronze.
  2. Master the Retrieval Technique: A key aspect of spoon fishing for speckled trout is mastering the retrieval technique. Start by casting your spoon upstream or across the current and allowing it to sink to the desired depth before retrieving. Experiment with different retrieval speeds, including steady retrieves, erratic jerks, and occasional pauses to mimic injured prey and trigger strikes. Pay close attention to any subtle taps or resistance on the line,.
  3. Target Structure and Current Breaks: Focus your efforts around natural structures such as oyster beds, rock formations, mangroves in South Texas, and submerged vegetation, as well as artificial structures like docks and piers. Additionally, target areas where the current slows down or changes direction, creating eddies and pockets where trout are likely to wait in ambush.
  4. Experiment with Depth and Presentation: Speckled trout exhibit varying feeding behaviors throughout the day, necessitating experimentation with depth and presentation. Start by fishing near the bottom in deeper waters during low-light conditions or when the water is cooler, as trout often forage closer to the bottom during these times. As the day progresses or when the water temperature rises, adjust your presentation to fish higher in the water column, mimicking the movement of baitfish and enticing strikes from active trout.


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