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Top 5 winter speckled trout fishing lures
Cold weather is upon us and that means anglers are out tossing fishing lures trying to catch speckled trout. In recent years the number and style of trout lures has increased exponentially as more and more fishing tackle companies are making baits geared toward inshore saltwater fishing.
In fact, the wide variety of speckled trout lures on the market can seem bewildering to fishermen not familiar with the latest explosions in the scented baits and soft bait lines.
A lot of different lures can be used to effectively catch speckled trout in the winter, but here is a handy guide to my 5 favorite cold water trout baits. If you are out on the water after specks and you carry these five lures with you, chances are that if trout are present they will hit at least one of them.
The Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp are durable and long-lasting baits that can be rigged and fished exactly like a live shrimp. They are impregnated with Gulp's 400x Scent Dispersion and the scent released by these little fellas is powerful and far reaching. Baitstealers like pinfish have been known to jump on these baits quickly due to the natural smell, but in the colder months you shouldn't have to worry about them and you can concentrate on the trout. Swim these lures on a jig or crawl them on a Carolina rig to get trout excited and smashing them.
Berkley Gulp Pogie
Another great scent-dispersing soft bait from Gulp, these lures are made to resemble pogies and have a vibrating paddletail with action that really draws the trout in. The lure leaves an irresistible scent trail for larger speckled trout looking to dine on baitfish and taste real enough so that the trout won't spit the bait out before you can set the hook. The paddletail allows you to work this one with a slow and steady retrieve and still get great action.
The DOA Shrimp lures come pre-rigged and weighted, which is a great convenience to trout anglers. You can just tie one on and start throwing if you like, or you can fish them under a popping cork just like live shrimp. You should use a very slow retrieve with these lures, throwing in a few short hops to make them move like a natural shrimp. The New Penny and Nite Glow colors are very popular.
Fishbites baits release their patented Xtreme Scent into the water, calling trout from great distances. These advanced soft baits are setting a high standard in the scent-bait industry and I think they work as well or better than the Gulp line baits. Certainly, Fishbites has been at the cutting edge of the scent-bait market for the past few years. Fish these lures on a jig head slowly for trout, using a steady retrieve and letting the paddletail provide the action.
That old speckled trout standby the classic MirrOlures still have there place in tackle boxes today. MirrOlure plugs imitate big baitfish which is what large female trout love to feed on in the winter months. You should work your MirroLures slowly during the winter, using them as a twitchbait with frequent pauses along the way. While MirrOlures provide no scent they are highly visible to trout and will yield great rewards when fishing in the early morning or near sunset.
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