Prime time for Texas trophy trout is also a lean time for live bait. Common trophy-trout live baits are piggy perch (grunts), mullet and shrimp; however, artificials prove more successful than live bait when targeting spring sows.
Rods: 6- to 71/2-foot light-action spinning or casting rod.
Reels: 14- to 20-pound-class bait caster or spinning reel sized to rod.
Lines: 8- to 20-pound monofilament, fluorocarbon or braid.
Leaders: When fishing around jetties or submerged reefs, 1 foot of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. On grass flats or sand pockets, no leader is needed.
Lures: Topwaters, diving plugs and soft-plastics.
What: Texas trophy trout.
When: Mid-December to mid-March.
Where: Sabine Lake to the Lower Laguna Madre.
Who: It pays to enlist a local expert to get started on a trophy-trout quest.
Capt. Paul Marcaccio
Capt. Sally Moffett
Capt. Aubrey Black
LOWER LAGUNA MADRE
Capt. Bruce Shuler