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#1 Jollywan

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Posted October 23 2011 - 11:14 AM

Hey guys, fishing in the OC/Assateague area from shore, are there specific ways that you target speckled trout? I guess I'm thinking mostly baits and lures, maybe some advice on what to look for in a good location?? Or is this fish always bycatch up this far?



#2 fishizzle

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Posted October 23 2011 - 12:06 PM

Mirror lures are good as are Berkley Gulp Swimming Mullet on a jighead. Green pink and white are all popular trout colors. Look for trout to be near structure and also in the deeper holes.

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Posted October 23 2011 - 12:08 PM

The last 5 years or so, these fish have been pretty non existent in the surf, esp the bigger one.

You are better off fishing inlets and bridges and right inside the bays if you really want to target these fish.



#4 Jollywan

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Posted October 23 2011 - 1:13 PM

thanks fellas.



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Posted October 23 2011 - 6:49 PM

We just got back from Nags Head today and we had pretty good success on the specks using top and bottom rigs with shrimp. Nothing big though. Perhaps there are some in the surf around here as well.



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Posted October 23 2011 - 10:01 PM

Spec's on this coast are very rare...there are some caught now and then and mostly in the backwaters and bays. A few years ago they were being caught at IRI in early November...not many though...

I caught a few in March this year on the lower DelMarVa P, in the back.

The Elizabeth River in Virginia has been a so-called "hot spot" for Spec's...

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Posted October 24 2011 - 8:23 AM

I was amazed to stumble into 4 or 5 about a week or so ago. Jerk shad as fast as I could retrieve it. Was expecting maybe a blue but was pleasantly surprised to pick up a couple over 20-inches.

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#8 Jollywan

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Posted October 24 2011 - 9:33 AM

Awesome looking fish......you were out front for those?



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Posted October 24 2011 - 11:35 PM

There are a bajillion in the surf right now on the OBX, most small , but a few momichogs thrown in now and again to keep your interest up



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Posted October 25 2011 - 7:52 PM

Friday and Sunday we actually saw more Black Drum than trout. At Jeanette;s pier they were bringing them in two at a time.



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Posted November 04 2011 - 8:11 PM

There are a bajillion in the surf right now on the OBX, most small , but a few momichogs thrown in now and again to keep your interest up


OK, not to derail the thread but momichog is a term I've never heard before but sounds a lot like mummichog which is a minnow. I assume it is an obx regionalism, much like fairy diddle is a regionalism for flying squirrel or catamont is a regionalism for mountain lion.



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Posted November 08 2011 - 12:13 AM

There are a bajillion in the surf right now on the OBX, most small , but a few momichogs thrown in now and again to keep your interest up


OK, not to derail the thread but momichog is a term I've never heard before but sounds a lot like mummichog which is a minnow. I assume it is an obx regionalism, much like fairy diddle is a regionalism for flying squirrel or catamont is a regionalism for mountain lion.


Nope, by context I would say it refers to a bigger trout.

Oh and BTW... killies will outfish mummies 2-1. In my best dutchman at a bait shop, "gif me da keelies fur da veakies un da fluenders ok? .... I don vunt da yellabellies."


'Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.' Mark Twain

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Posted November 08 2011 - 10:26 AM

Hopefully the trout come back have never caught one but would like to. :D



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Posted November 11 2011 - 11:36 AM

Hopefully the trout come back have never caught one but would like to. :D


Speckled Trout and Yellowfin (Grey) Trout are two completely seperate critters... this falls been good for shallow water Specs around the Chesapeake Bay waters. However, I do miss casting and jigging structure during May into June for Weakies, and especially fall jigging the schools of fish. Their population has always been cyclic, hope to see an upswing again before retirement. I've seen them up and down too many times; unfortunately the downs seem to be getting longer, and the highs shorter.

Speckled Trout fishing will put you into some of 'MarVa's most wonderful places, God's Land, and I don't mean the hot ditch on the Elizabeth. Warning, it can be addicting.



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Posted November 11 2011 - 7:42 PM

Yea I was referring to the yellow fin trout. Hear so many different stories from different people but they were pretty much gone when I started fishing the salt in 2005. Like to see Dad catch another big one before he can't fish with us anymore.