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  • Wrightsville Beach Report/Forecast December 2013

    Here it is almost Thanksgiving and I think the Speckled trout fishing will go to Christmas this year; I hope! With all this up and down weather the fishing has really been up and down too; Iíve had some very good days of fishing. The problem has been as soon as it gets good the weather changes and Iíve got the start my hunt for fish all over again. Here are some of the tactics Iíve been using lately to catch fish and these tactics should work right up to Christmas.

    The Speckled trout has been the name of the game for the last two months and the trout should continue to bite very well. With most of my charters coming to the dock with there limit and some days with over forty trout coming over the side of the boat. The real good news is the big trout are just starting to show up!

    When the trout bite is on they are hitting just about any lure or live bait you throw at them, but there are a few colors/lures that are catching more keepers then other colors/lures. This season has been a very good grub/jig season with hundreds of trout coming to the boat on grubs. The two hot grubs this season for me has been the Berkley Gulp Fire tail 3Ē shrimp and Saltwater Assassin 4Ē sea shad pattern. The colors that are catching the most and biggest trout in the fire tail shrimp are watermelon red fleck, pearl and new penny. In the sea shads; chicken on a chain, salt&pepper silver with chart tail, sweet pea, cantaloupe, rainbow trout and 10w40 with chart tail.

    I prefer to rig all my grubs on red, gray or black jig heads in weights of 1/16oz, 1/8oz or 1/4oz; you really donít need a much heavier jig,head, a slow sink will catch you more trout! Remember trout typically hit lures that are sinking down or just above them. Keeping this in mind; a slower sinking lure stays in the strike zone longer which gives the trout more time to hit you lure. Another rule I stand by when Speckled trout is the fact that trout have very good eye sight and with this said I always use a high quality fluorocarbon leader for all my trout rigs. I prefer Berkley Pro Spec tinted fluorocarbon leader material in twenty pound test; with gunsmoke tint for clear waters and tannic for river or stained water applications.

    My charters have caught a few nice trout on hard baits like MirrOlures and Sebile baits. Weíve caught trout the 17MR and 18MR but some of the bigger ones are hitting the good old 52M&MR this season. Another bait that has really picked up a few nice trout this season is the Stick Shadd by Sebile in sizes 90 and 114 with colors in white lady, hollow mullet and yellow pepper. The colors for the MirrOlures that are having the most luck are; 17MR and 18MRís in colors: 11, 26, 808, CFPR, CH, EC and BCH. As far as the 52M & MR in colors: 11, 26, 51, 704, 808, CFPR, CH and HP.

    If you would like to go with the live bait for your trout outing, try live mud minnows, small finger mullet or shrimp all of these baits will catch trout. I rig all these different baits on float rigs in waters of three to six feet deep and a light Carolina rig for deeper waters of five to twenty feet deep. Still here again even with live bait I always use fluorocarbon as leader; it will make a difference.

    One cool thing that is always fun during trout season is all the Ďbonus fishí that you will catch while Speckled trout fishing. My charters have caught a good bunch of Redfish, Sheephead and Flounder in the last few weeks of fishing. Another fish that we catch during trout season is the Black drum and I feel this fish is looked over a lot. There are very good to eat and put up a nice fight on trout tackle! So you never know what might be on the end of your rod to you get it to the boat this time of year.

    Fishing Gear I use:

    Speckled trout, Flounder and Redfish: Reels PENN Battle, 1000, 2000 & 3000 PENN Conflict 2000 & 2500 spinning reels. Rods: PENN Legion and Regiment in classes of 4 to 10 and 6 to 12 pound class Line: Spiderwire eight and ten pound test braid (Ultracast) Fluorocarbon leader material, Berkley Pro Spec Tinted Fluorocarbon in tints Gunsmoke for clearer waters and Tannic for river or stained waters in twenty pound test.

    Thanks so much for reading this report/forecast and have a great Thanksgiving! Iím booking now and booking up fast for trophy Speckled trout trips for December. Donít forget take a kid fishing and good fall fishing to ya!

    Captain Jot Owens
    Ranger Boats Pro Staff
    PENN Tackle Elite Staff