Noisy lures attract more trout bites

Noisy lures with imbedded rattles will often get the attention of speckled trout from long distances, drawing strikes other lures wouldn’t get.

Daybreak is the best time to catch speckled trout during summer. Helping fish locate the lure takes more than just the typical vibration of an injured or swimming baitfish or the subtle movements of a soft plastic. The best lures are the noisiest, so noisy, in fact, that it seems they would scare the daylights out of the trout rather than make them strike.

The most reliable of these noisy lures are topwaters such as this Super Spook Junior or a popping-cork rig with a soft-plastic lure suspended below the float on a leader.

Topwater walk-the-dog lures are popular for several reasons, the first being their effectiveness at attracting strikes. Anglers can also fish them right above oyster beds and other hard structure that would snag and cut off a subsurface lure. The excitement of seeing the strike and setting the hook also hooks anglers on tossing trout a topwater.

Their downfall is that it is hard to hook a speckled trout when it strikes. The fish’s teeth can push the lure away when it bites, and a trout may strike the same lure several times without the angler being able to set the hook to enjoin the battle.

Other good types of lures include subsurface twitchbaits and surface poppers. Anything that makes a lot of noise may incite a trout to strike after moving in for the kill from a long distance.

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