Fishing Lures and Baits Intended for Sea Trout

Sea trout fishing is a favorite recreation along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. The spotted sea trout or speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is found along the entire Gulf Coast, and north on the Atlantic to Massachusetts, though it is rare north of the Chesapeake Bay. The gray trout or weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) is found along most of the Atlantic, from Maine to Northern Florida. Both fish have similar feeding habits. Following are three of the best sea trout fishing lures and baits.

Offshoring fishing for sea troutGot-Cha Jigheads and Grubs, Top Lures for Sea Trout Fishing

Jigs for trout in saltwater (which are composed of a 3 or 4-inch curly tail grub, and a 1/4- to 1/2-ounce grub head, both by Got-Cha) are among the best baits for inshore fishing for sea trout, red drum, flounder, and bluefish. On bright, sunny days and in clear water, a root beer, smoke, or green colored grub with a white, orange, or yellow grub jighead will work very well. In stained water with lower visibility, white, chartreuse, or electric chicken grubs on chartreuse, pink, or redheads are better, as they are easier to see in the off-color water.

To fish Got-Cha grubs for sea trout, you need to cast out, targeting mainly deeper areas, such as holes and cuts, and bring them back with a jigging technique. Allow the grubs to sink, and then raise the rod tip up, and reel the slack, and repeat, so that reeling is constant and rod twitches occur every two or three seconds. The weight of the head should be adjusted according to water depth. Grub heads of at least 3/8 ounce are best for waters more than six feet in depth.

Saltwater Jerkbaits for Sea Trout Fishing Inshore

JerkbaitsJerkbaits, like Saltwater Assassin flukes, are great for speckled sea trout and weakfish. Dully colored or dark baits are best when water is clear, and brightly colored flukes are more productive in stained water.

In deeper areas, try using a jighead, and fish them like Got-Cha grubs. In the shallows, they may be caught without weight, and tugged and jerked across the surface, making them resemble struggling baitfish such as mullet, a common prey for big trout. The best times to fish the shallows with these baits are the early morning hours and the late afternoon within a few hours of sunset. Try to locate trout busting baitfish, and cast into the areas where fish are feeding.

MirrOlure, One of the Best Lures for Inshore Sea Trout Fishing

Using MirrOlureThe MirrOLure series III, a hard-bodied plastic bait is dynamite for trout in medium depth waters and the surf on calmer days. To fish this lure, steadily, and slowly reel the bait after casting it out. Work the same waters several times, as it can take a few casts for fish to locate the swimming baitfish imitation. In the shallows, a floating MirrOLure can work wonders, especially in backwater areas in the early morning and late afternoon. For deep holes, try the sinking twitch bait MirrOLure.

The above lures are all some of the best for inshore sea trout fishing. If heading out for a day on the water on the Atlantic or Gulf Coast, be sure to have some of these prime baits on board.

Inshore Fishing in Charleston

At Safe Harbor Fishing, we also provide Charleston inshore fishing charters like inshore wreck fishing that includes fishing on the various reefs, wrecks, and underwater structures off the Charleston coast. If you aren’t an experienced angler you may be wondering why we fish around old sunken ships, rocks, reefs, or other old underwater structures that just sit on the bottom of the ocean.

The reefs, wrecks, and bottom structures naturally attract many types of fish. The wrecks and structures attract many different species of smaller fish or what anglers call baitfish that are looking for food or cover from the larger predators. On these Charleston wrecks the larger fish that are attracted to the wrecks by the various baitfish species include the many different species of grouper, amberjack, cobia, and other “bottom fish” that you may see in the list below.

Charleston inshore bottom fishing is perfect for small children and first time anglers. Young children can have just as much fun reeling in a small fish like a 1 pound or so yellowtail or a 4 or 5 pound red snapper. As for the adults of the crew you have the chance of hooking into a large grouper, snapper, or amberjack that will give you a fight you won’t soon forget. When you fight and boat these large fish you are creating memories to last a lifetime, plus you will have some true fishing stories to tell all your buddies when you arrive home from your Charleston inshore fishing trip. It is up to you whether you want to embellish a bit, after all it is a “fish story.”

Just like there are a variety of sportfish species available on a Charleston wreck fishing trip there is likewise quite a few different fishing techniques your charterboat Captain will employ to ensure you catch fish. Some of the different wreck fishing tactics include:

  • Drifting along structures when the tide and wind cooperate.
  • Anchoring up to a wreck.
  • Using lures and artificial baits
  • Fishing with live bait, a favorite among experienced anglers.
  • Chumming
  • And depending on water conditions your Captain will use a complete range of tactics from the type of leaders to type of hooks.

Charleston Wreck and Bottom Fishing Trips Can Often Yield:

A Few Charleston Bottom Fishing Species
Grouper: Caught throughout South Carolina including Charleston can easily reach over 50 pounds. Red Snapper: Common to about 6 or 8 pounds. But can also reach 30 or more pounds.


A Few Charleston Bottom Fishing Species
amberjack king mackerel
Amberjack: May average 30 to 60 pounds and is a strong, punishing fighter that powers deep and defies lifting. King mackerel: 5 to 20 pounds in schools. Over 50 pounds individually. Fast and strong fighters at any size.


A Few Charleston Bottom Fishing Species
yellowtail barracuda
Yellowtail: 1 to 3 pounds is common. The perfect fun fish for kids to catch. They will want to catch them over and over. Barracude: Average 15 to 30 pounds. Razor sharp teeth and strong fast fun fight on light tackle.


More Charleston Bottom Fishing Species
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Cero
  • Cobia
  • Crevelle Jack
  • Dolphin
  • Grouper
  • King Mackerel
  • Sailfish
  • Shark
  • Snapper
  • Yellowtail

There are more species anglers are subject to catch while bottom fishing in Charleston waters but these are usually the most popular and abundant. In short there is a little something for everybody. Whether you are a pure land lover that has never set foot on a charter boat to a master angler with many years of fishing experience in South Carolina or other saltwater regions.

We take pride in putting your fish in the box and endeavor to give you the most enjoyable memories of a lifetime. Come spend a day of Charleston Fishing off the coast with us and find out why so many of our customers return to fish with us year after year.