• Speckled Trout

    Speckled trout live in a lot of the tannic, blackwater coastal rivers of the Carolinas; the water is actually clear below the surface.

    Don’t avoid black, tannic water

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Clean, clear water means great speckled trout action in the Carolinas.

    The clear advantage - Look for clean water to catch Carolina speckled trout

    Look for the cleanest water around when you head out in search of speckled trout as fall gives way to winter.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    November weather can swing from comfortable to cold, but Wilmington’s veteran guide Jot Owens knows where to find seatrout in all conditions.

    Specks go with the Flo – but not far

    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
    When inshore water temperatures dip below 52 degrees, guide Noah Lynk heads for the Cape Lookout rock jetty to find gator trout.

    Rockin’ and reelin’ for specks

    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
    The author is a regular visitor to Murrells Inlet in November, largely because of the opportunity to catch gator trout like this one.

    Trout time for Murrells Inlet anglers

    November 05, 2018 at 4:27pm
    Guide Ricky Kellum believes New River speckled trout will bounce back quickly from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

    Four NC hotspots for November trout

    When it comes to specks, you can’t go wrong following the advice of four veteran guides who know their home waters and how to fish them.
    November 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Chas Champagne, creator of the Matrix Shad line of soft plastic lures, is introducing a new 5-inch Matrix Monster that will be available in stores this fall.

    The new Matrix Monster

    The big 5-inch version swims just like a regular-sized Matrix Shad
    October 29, 2018 at 9:00am
    Suspending a live shrimp beneath a popping cork is a tried-and-true trout-catching tactic.

    Shrimp rigs for trout

    October 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Along with speckled trout, white shrimp took a severe beating over the past winter when an ice and snow storm devastated the Carolina coasts.

    Five shrimp tricks to try on trout

    October 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Capt. John Ward of Affinity Charters said the trout bite may be returning to normal, if anyone knows what that is for South Carolina.

    Bouncing back

    Shrimp and speckled trout in South Carolina waters took a hard lick from cold weather last winter, but both are recovering nicely and should be around for a good fall fishing season.
    October 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Speckled trout get active around Little River Inlet when the water temperature drops into the mid-60s.

    State-line specks rock

    Falling water temperatures kick off good fall action
    September 17, 2018 at 2:17pm
    Topwater baits such as Zara Spooks account for plenty of speckled trout when the weather finally cools in September.

    Go for the top!

    Georgetown specks turn to topwater
    August 09, 2018 at 3:48pm
    Don’t give up on summer specks, especially around Sneads Ferry, N.C.

    For speckled trout, the heat is on

    Sneads Ferry waters can still produce plenty of gator trout despite sizzling summer temperatures — if you know the hows, wheres and whens.
    August 01, 2018 at 7:00am