Here’s How To Catch Specks & Reds In Segrass Beds

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Seagrass beds are crucial ecosystems along coastal areas, especially from the Middle Coast down to Lower Laguna Madre. Here are some tips on how to properly target seagrass beds for speckled trout and redfish.

  1. Gearing Up: Equip yourself with the right gear. Medium to medium-heavy spinning rods around 7 to 8 feet in length paired with reels filled with 10-20 lb monofilament or braided line are suitable. Have a variety of lures such as spoons, soft plastic shrimp imitations, and live bait like mullet or finger mullet.
  2. Locating Seagrass Beds: Use maps or local knowledge to find seagrass beds along the coastline. Look for areas with shallow water, usually ranging from 2 to 6 feet deep, where seagrass grows abundantly.
  3. Approaching Stealthily: When approaching seagrass beds, do so quietly to avoid startling the fish. Turn off your engine and drift into casting range. Excessive noise or sudden movements can spook the fish.
  4. Casting Technique: Practice precision casting. Aim for pockets of open water within the seagrass beds where fish are likely to be feeding. Mastering the art of casting accurately is essential for success in this type of fishing.
  5. Bait Presentation: Whether using lures or live bait, present your bait naturally. Mimic the movement of prey fish by gently twitching your lure or allowing live bait to swim freely. This entices the fish to strike.
  6. Patience is Key: Fishing in seagrass beds requires patience. It may take several casts before getting a bite. Stay persistent and maintain focus; the payoff is worth the wait.
  7. Feeling the Bite: Pay close attention to your line for any subtle movements or twitches, indicating a bite. When you feel a bite or see your line tighten, set the hook.
  8. Fighting the Fish: Once hooked, be prepared for a fight. Speckled trout and redfish are known for their strength and agility. Use smooth, steady pressure to tire the fish out and prevent it from breaking free.
  9. Handling with Care: When landing the fish, handle it with care to minimize stress and injury. If practicing catch-and-release. Remove the hook gently and release the fish back into the water promptly, ensuring its survival.

What are some of your favorite seagrass fishing strategies?

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