The winter months have fast approached us, fortunately it has been very mild. We are still seeing temperatures in the upper 70s. For the inshore fisherman this has been an ideal first month of 2012. If Speckled Trout is your thing, then you should have no problem finding those "gators" hanging out on the edge of the flats. I spent the weekend targeting them and was very successful. They were very active in the 4-6 foot range and just annihilating top water plugs and the DOA #351 Rootbeer / chartreuse shad tail on a 1/8oz jig head. They averaged 18" with some pushing the 25" plus range. I'm not sure what it is with trout, but when the cooler water comes, something internal happens to them, it's like a switch is turned on and they grow some serious shoulders. These trout, turn into some great light tackle drag burners. Trout are also great table fare, just remember to check your local regulations.
Here is a healthy 23.5" trout posing for a quick photo op.
Trout are not the only thing biting right now, the Pompano bite has been pretty good also. They have been running in the deep sandy troughs/ cuts where the tidal flow cuts through the grass beds. Although not a species I have targeted, mostly just a by-catch, they are another popular dinner fish. They can be caught using the Docs jigs in bright colors, a favorite is the yellow Goofy jig with a pink teaser. This combination, is my go-to for sandy bottom fishing.
The Three Rules of Fishing:
1. Bait your own hook.
2.Clean your own fish.
3.Tell your own lies.
Great report , great trout....could you explain more on the goofy jig how you fish it..ive never seen that here in texas
Certainly, basically you just cast out, let it sink and pop it up like 10" or so, let it drop and repeat. It creates little "puffs" in the sand and drives the fish crazy!!! I have caught just about every (inshore) species on this rig. I personally don't use the split ring, I just use a loop knot for both the teaser and jig. If you follow the link, it should take you right to the MFG's site.
Good luck! Hope this help.
Awesome report, and that is quite the jig!