Speckled Trout

Speckled trout bite hot around Ocean Isle area and below

The speckled trout bite is hot along the border, with good catches coming from areas in Little River on up to Ocean Isle Beach. The fish are very concentrated though, so while the specks are thick in some areas, they are no present at all – or at least not feeding – in others.

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Slay state-line specks

Fall is often a very long season along the coast close to the North Carolina/South Carolina border, between North Myrtle Beach and Sunset Beach. The area seems to be south of the areas that get the biggest cold fronts in the fall. There are times that cold weather may dip into this area, but it is usually only for a day or two, and the weather warms right up after it passes. Fishing may slow for a couple of days, but most of the time, it recovers, and often, fish are more active than before the weather change.

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Fishing for speckled trout around Beaufort peaks in November, a real cause for thanksgiving

Speckled sea trout fed all summer on the plentiful prey, but they were hard to find because they don’t like hot weather and hide in deeper water during the day, foraging early and late. That changed in September, and by this month, some urgency has been added to their feeding patterns as winter approaches. They are schooled and feeding throughout the day. They move around as the tide changes, but if you find a school in November, you will likely have a banner day.

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Trout on a fly

Yes, you can catch speckled trout on a fly rod, and when you get into a school, the action can be “a fish on every cast” frantic.

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Big night bite!

Fishermen catch speckled trout throughout the day, but the majority are caught early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Often overlooked by many anglers is the night bite. Trout will feed throughout the night during the summer when conditions are right. […]