Big speckled trout make early show in Charleston area

Based on what he’s seen in the past month, guide James LaVanway of Reel Fish Finder Charters said that it’s going to be a good year for big speckled trout in the Charleston Harbor area.

LaVanway (843-697-2081) said that trout showed up in early April, and although big numbers of fish haven’t shown up yet, the specks that have arrived have been good ones.

 “I’ve seen the biggest trout this year that I’ve ever seen,” he said. “And they’ll be here through the fall.”

LaVanway said trout have been in several areas within the harbor, including the Wando River and Bushy Park.

“If you’ll fish points with structure like oyster rocks, you’ll catch ‘em,” he said. “I like to fish either live shrimp, mud minnows or small mullet under a popping cork, but you can catch ‘em on topwaters like bass plugs.

“On an outgoing tide, if you can find a good point where they’re feeding on baitfish, you can wear ‘em out. Or you can locate a creek with a deep edge and ease into it, just fish that Pop-R along the edge.”

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