What are the best lures for dock light speckled trout? It’s not what you’d normally throw!
Fishing dock lights in Louisiana can be fun!
It’s a great way to beat the summer heat and a chance to catch something after work.
But, it’s a different animal that leaves inshore anglers frustrated, especially when they see speckled trout feeding but can’t get them to bite!
It has a lot to do with the kind of bait they’re feeding on.
That bait is usually small bay anchovies, or glass minnows, attracted to dock lights in the same way bugs are attracted to your porch light.
Speckled trout are on those dock lights to eat the bay ‘chovies attracted to them.
This doesn’t mean they won’t eat those things, it just means they’re looking, towards the water’s surface, for bay chovies.
The key is to throw a lure that looks and presents itself like a tiny bay ‘chovy.
So it must be small to match the profile, and be light to stay high in the water column.
I think the Matrix Mini is a perfect fit!
It’s a down-sized version of the Matrix Shad and works well for fishing dock lights, because it has a profile and translucent body similar to a bay anchovy.
Plus, the jigheads they sell for the Mini have the right kind of shank so the body doesn’t bulge.
These jigheads come in 1/32, 1/16 and 1/8 oz.
I’ve tried using molded bodies and they just fall apart.
As soon as they do you’re stuck with tying on a new one, since they’re one piece, and not a system like the Matrix Mini and jighead.
The DOA Shrimp Body Bag is worth noting, since we see a lot of tiny shrimp around these dock lights as well.
I rig them onto the same jighead as the Matrix Mini and they work just great!
Fishing at night is fun, but not any less challenging than fishing during the day.
Adapting can be tough, but learn to use these specialty lures and you’ll be hammering speckled trout in no time!
I went night fishing last week and used the same lures you see above, as well as the kind we conventionally use.
The small ones worked well.
But, what's just as important as using the right lure is knowing where to go (or not to go) and how to fish each spot.
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I detail my latest fishing trip, targeting dock lights at night, in these sections:
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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