Boca coast is the world’s capital for inshore fishing. It is located in Boca Grande in Florida. This is the best place for you to enjoy your fishing hobby by catching tarpons, snook, redfish, and of course the spotted seatrout. These are popular in areas like Caloosahatchee River, Matlacha, Sanibel Island, and Estero Bay. The mentioned species are among the most sought-after saltwater fish in the world. Spotted sea trout will be the main focus of this text.
The scientific name for this fish is Cynoscionnebulosus, and it has a streamlined body with a large mouth that has prominent canine teeth. They are gray or silvery in color with big black spots on their sides; when in the streams or back bays, they appear to be black or gold.
In the normal areas, they weigh between one and two pounds. However, there are larger ones that can weigh up to four pounds or more. The largest of them come from the Central region and can weigh up to 10 pounds, with the potential to reach over 15. Around the Gulf Coast, the fish around this area are considered the largest with an average weight of 5-8 pounds.
Seatrouts are no different from any other fish species when it comes to having certain preferred baits. Some of the basic lures that we commonly use to catch seatrouts include the following.
Live shrimp could be said to be the all-time favorite bait for seatrout anglers. I have seen shrimp baits catching way more seatrout than other multiple natural baits combined. This is irrespective of whether I am fishing under a slip float, popping drift, jig head, or free lined glide. Besides, live shrimp can be utilized with variable angling methods.
• Popping Floats: These are extremely effective in attracting trout to my bait, which is especially true if used in shallow water. As their name suggest, they operate by popping on the surface, imitating the act of feeding fish.
• Slip floats: This is what I use when fishing in relatively deep water, to a depth of 20 feet or more. Slip floats operate by allowing the float side up the line while stopping at a predetermined protuberance. While the float is drifting along with the current, the bait, which is located 20 feet below, moves along at a concurrent speed without losing depth. Trouts will habitually suspend at a particular depth, which is dependent on water conditions; the floats allow me to place the bait right there with the fish.
• Free lined: Free lining is exactly what the name implies. It involves hooking the live shrimp on the line without using a float or weight, allowing it to drift with the current. The bait is, particularly effective in creaks where deep bends are found. Free lined bait operates by drifting along naturally alongside the current, going right through the bends inside the creeks where the trout prefers suspending in the water column. This method is also effective with drifting a mud or grass flat.
In most cases, we use pinfish, but live baits vary depending on your county. Anglers catch their own on the Florida bay where there is vast grass. It is where they fish them just like the shrimpsunder, free lined, or floats. This method of fishing is also used all the way through Texas, Florida, to the Gulf of Mexico. If your pinfish is too big, you can cut a piece and drift it along under a float or a free lined. Butterflies and medium sized pinfish are also effective. Besides, if you have a limited budget, you can use dead bait, which yields equally satisfactory results.
Seatrout love feeding near the surface as compared to other fish. Any noisy lure is effective; all you need is to set it close to where they are feeding. We prefer the old Boone Spinana, Dalton Special, or Castana Lures, but there are more modern lures in the market. Besides, we use jig heads that have plastic trailers, imitation shrimp, or grubs. The electric chicken, more preferably pink in color, often yields desirable outcomes.
From my experience, you can catch spotted seatrout easily because they are very cooperative. All you need to is to put the bait in front of them and hold on. If you want to experience this awesome fish, come fishing with us by booking a trip!