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April 10, 2012

Tips for Texas Seatrout

Texans get stealthy for arm-long speckled trout while fishing on the tidal flats

Tackle

Rods: 612-foot Waterloo HP Slam or equivalent, rated for 14- to 34-ounce lures; 8- to 14-pound line.

Reels: Shimano Core 50 or equivalent casting reel.

Lines: 20- or 30-pound braided line.

Leaders: 25-pound fluorocarbon.

Lures: MirrOlure She Pup, Heddon Super Spook Jr., and Bass Assassin Chicken on a Chain 5-inch Saltwater Shad and 4-inch Sea Shad.

What: Speckled trout.

When: Year-round.

Where: Entire Texas coast.

Who: Trout fishing is tailor-made for do-it-yourself outings, but you’ve got to start somewhere, and even guides began their careers fishing with guides. Give yourself a head start by fishing with a pro. It’s money well spent.

Galveston
Capt. James Plaag
409-771-7309
www.silverkingadventures.com

Matagorda
Capt. Bink Grimes
979-241-1705
www.matagordasunriselodge.com

Port Mansfield
Capt. Bruce Shuler
956-944-4000
www.getawayadventureslodge.com

Port O’Connor/Baffin Bay
Capt. Chad Peterek
361-920-3474
www.captchadpeterek.com

Rockport
Capt. Jay Watkins
361-729-9596
www.jaywatkins.com