To target a speckled trout successfully, a slow approach is key. According to fishing guide Capt. Skip James from "Game & Fish Magazine," slow-sinking lures work well to entice this coveted trout. MirrOlure Catch 5 and Chatter Tube lures work effectively, especially during the late winter and early spring. Topwaters such as Corky Devil, another slow-sinking plug, make a good choice, especially on spots along the edge of a deep drop where trout like to feed.
Gold Spoon and Buzz Baits
The usual half-ounce gold spoon works well with redfish, especially those that are found in skinny and shallow waters. Peter Cooper Jr., a fishing guide who has been chasing them for 40 years, also advises that stealth is paramount, especially when you are dealing with redfish on dusty areas alongside grass shorelines. A lure that is much smaller than average, such as a 1/8-ounce buzzbait, is effective, especially when dressed with a 2.5-inch grub. Another tactic for luring redfish, especially on tough days, is using a 2.5- or 3-inch grub rigged weedless with an offset worm hook.
Soft Plastic Baits
Lots of anglers prefer to use soft plastic baits to catch speckled trout and redfish. For the trout, Gulp Crazy Legs Jerk Shad and Crazy Leg Grubs are effective. For the redfish, soft plastic worm baits with natural earthy colors work well on clear waters. Alternatively, "Sport Fishing Magazine" advises bright colors such as pink or chartreuse are better for muddy waters when luring redfish with soft plastic baits.