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.
Got-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
Jerkbaits, 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
The 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.