Nearly every winter, it seems that when the holiday season approaches, the weather takes a turn for the warm. And when Butch and Chris Foster of Yeah Right Charters hear there is a zero chance of a white Christmas at their Southport, N.C., home, they head out to catch speckled trout.
“In winter, I trade my big, offshore boat for my little 19-foot Carolina Skiff,” Butch Foster said. “Most people who fish offshore with me don’t know I cut my teeth on bass, crappie and other smaller freshwater fish. It was only a natural progression when I came to the coast that I would also enjoy inshore fishing. I love catching speckled trout.”
Catching specks is one thing, but it begins with finding them. Butch Foster said you need to cover a lot of water to find concentrations of December specks, so when he and his son launched their skiff, then put multiple baits in the water and trolled.
“I like to start out by trolling,” Butch Foster said. “It is a great way to locate a school of biting fish. After making a couple of passes in a productive area, we stop the boat and start casting.”
Chris Foster set five rods along the transom in rod holders identical to the style used by freshwater anglers who target crappie and catfish. He adjusted them until the rods were sufficiently fanned out, varying the length of the line as well as the types of lures.
“I rigged the rods with jigs and soft-plastic trailers,” Chris Foster said. “It is a great way to find out what colors they are going to key on any particular day. I have some reliable colors that seem to work well. Christmas tree is always a good one to use around Christmas. Sometimes they want it with a pink tail, and