The next sixty days are going to be the hottest days of our summer. That means the water temperature will rise to the highest temperature as well. So our fishing habits have to change if we want to continue to catch speckled trout during the hot summer months. We normally fish for trout in three to five feet of water on the oyster reefs right on the inside of the barrier islands, however with the water heating up the speckled trout tend to move to deeper water where it is a little cooler closer to the bottom. You ever hold your breath and go down just to see how deep you can go and find the water temperature gets cooler as you go deeper. Well it is the same with marine life, both the shrimp and other bait fish as well as the predictor fish like speckled trout and red fish. We all like to see a cork go down to let us know we have a bite, but for the next sixty days or so we will have to start fishing on the bottom in at least six or more feet of water if we want to continue to box up speckled trout and red fish. Now I’m not saying you want catch any fish using a cork and fishing two to three feet under the surface of the water, but your chances or much greater if you were to start fishing in deeper water.
I had the pleasure of fishing a group this weekend from Houston Texas and we started off using corks early in the morning where we have been catching plenty of nice speckled trout and we caught a few but it was not as good as it has been in the last several weeks. So I decided to just try one time on the bottom in about six foot of water and guess what, there they were. We started catching some nice speckled trout right where we were fishing with corks and not having any luck. Before you come to the conclusion that the speckled trout have left the region you are fishing in I encourage you to try fishing the bottom in several of your fishing spots before making that claim. Sometimes it’s not as bad as it may seem if you just try something a little different from what you are use to doing. I hope this tip will help some of you folks and you can develop new methods of fishing speckled trout and red fish that will make you better anglers as you continue on in your outdoors activities. Make It A Great Day!!!