Garmeson believes locating bait schools is essential to pinpointing big trout. Surface swirls or dimpling at the surface can lead to pods of mullet or menhaden, with trout nearby, but a sensitive Fathometer helps locate deeper bait schools. “I use a Lowrance HDS-7 color unit,” he says. “It’s very helpful in locating bait pods, and, with a little experience, it’s easy to see individual big trout.” “Pinfish, croakers, white trout, mullet, menhaden, shad and shrimp show well on sonar at middepths. Big trout usually are on the bottom, relating to the bait.” According to Garmeson, live shrimp and jigs produce well near the bait pods, and, at times, he opts for plugs such as a ½-ounce gold-and-black Rat-L-Trap or MirrOlure MirrOdine XL.