Which Lure Color Landed This Six-Pound Speckled Trout?

Which Lure Color Landed This Six-Pound Speckled Trout?

You already guessed the lure, but the color may surprise you. It’s one not usually used for speckled trout.

How did Mike land this big speckled trout

She’s a true hammer, weighing in at exactly the six-pound mark, and it may surprise you to learn she fell for a Vortex Shad in Spartacus color pattern.

Instead, you’d think she would have fallen for a chartreuse or white color, a speckled trout favorite.

After all, those more closely match the color of local forage, but we tend to experiment when fishing soft plastics, discovering darker colors worked best when jigging the bottom.

Now, we were in 8-12 feet of water, a depth more suited for 1/4oz to 3/8oz of sinking weight, but Mike opted for an 1/8oz jighead because of its slower fall.

In fact, this combination is pretty deadly on trout.

This Matrix Shad in Lemon Head on an 1/8oz Golden Eye jighead was also effective on the trout (on a separate fishing trip).

Chewed up Matrix Shad and Golden Eye Jighead

Matrix Shad and Golden Eye jigheads can take the abuse. This jighead caught 300+ speckled trout and the Matrix Shad survived 50 or so.

Mike had put this on a casting combo: Lew’s Tournament MB casting reel on a St. Croix Triumph 6’6″ casting rod.

This is a fairly “standard” setup, but rather than using braided line he was throwing 14lb high-vis monofilament.

What’s more important than the tackle is how Mike employed it.

Mike prefers the smoothness and castability of monofilament over the strength and sensitivity of braided line, but most importantly he was using the monofilament because:

  • high-visibility betrays bites in slack line
  • monofilament is neutral-buoyant

See, Mike wasn’t merely casting and retrieving the soft plastic like an “idiot bait”, he was using a slack line technique (aka deepwater jigging) to achieve effective presentations.

This video shows how it’s done, but you can get all the important details here.

 

And with the monofilament being nearly the same density as water, he could achieve a slow fall that convinces big trout to bite.

This isn’t anything new, Chas Champagne (creator of the Vortex Shad) has mastered this technique to consistently catch hammer trout in one of the most difficult places to do so.

 

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About the Author Devin Denman

Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He loves alligators but is terrified of cockroaches.

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