Seatrout Secrets

 

Seatrout Secrets

By Capt. Gus Cane

Spotted seatrout or specks as they’re often called, are a favorite quarry for skiff anglers from the Chesapeake Bay to Laguna Madre. They can be fooled by a variety of baits and lures, they’re abundant and delicious prepared several ways. Smaller trout are not difficult to find. Trophy “gator” trout are very wary, however, and a challenging adversary. To catch big fish, try these techniques:

Start on top but stay flexible. Trout are ambush predators and big trout like big baits. Topwater stick lures are effective, especially with a “walk-the-dog” or a darting, sideways retrieve. If the lure has rattles or a cupped face to make noise or spit water, that’s added attraction. Make long casts and work the lure back with an erratic, wounded motion. The fish will often track the lure for a distance before striking.

If the trout strikes and misses, pause the lure for a moment before resuming the retrieve. Trout usually kill a bait first before swallowing it. If the short strikes continue without a hookup, switch rods and try a subsurface presentation such as a soft-plastic jerk bait, imitation shrimp or suspending plug. Live shrimp rigged on a leader under a clacker-style cork will fool big trout too. The noise of the cork’s rattles/beads mimic frantic shrimp and arouse attention. If a trout hits the cork instead, switch over to a topwater plug.

Trophy trout are also similar to realtors. It’s all about location, location, location. Ambush points like sandy pot holes in sea grass flats, oyster bars, creek mouths, and pilings are convenient places to hide before pouncing on a passing meal. Even color changes between muddy or dirty water and clear can hold big trout. Find those spots, and you’ll find the fish.

Big “gator” trout are mainly loners. They don’t get big by being stupid so hunt for them in less pressured areas. That typically means super-skinny flats or tidal creeks that don’t see a lot of boat traffic.

Big trout like freebies too. While drifting the flats actively casting, rig a live pinfish, finger mullet or pilchard on a circle hook and float and let it drag behind the boat. You’ll cover more water, and that struggling morsel often attracts some of the biggest trout in the area.

If you love to catch trout, redfish and other inshore species, the Carolina Skiff 18 JVX CC is perfect for you!

Designed with fishing in mind, the 18 JVX CC will provide you great access to shallow creeks and rivers where you need to fish.

The JVX 18 CC is a solid performer with a lightweight hull, Mod V Hull design and can carry more weight further and faster to yield more valuable fishing time on the water. With a length of 17 feet 9 inches and a beam of 78 inches, you will be able to reach all of your hot spots effectively and efficiently.

There are many standard options available including full instrumentational console, front deck 12-volt trolling motor plug, 12 gallon live well and a 70-quart removable cooler. Plus, there are many additional options available to meet your needs from a raw water wash-down to upgrades to a 24-volt trolling motor.

Check out the Carolina Skiff JVX 18 CC or better yet, you can Build Your Own Boat by adding all of the options that are important to you.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Skeeter SX210

 

Skeeter SX210

By Craig Lamb

After buying a bay boat, why spend more time and money getting it rigged out for your needs?

With the Skeeter SX210, you get a boat already factory rigged with the standard accessories and features serious anglers want in a bay boat. Best of all, you get the extras, dependability, and durability that make it a Skeeter for an affordable price.

Affordable doesn’t mean any corners were cut. That’s not the Skeeter way. The SX210 even looks bigger than its size. The spacious interior provides plenty of room to move around, cast baits to surface feeders, and set rigs for trolling.

The SX210 has an overall length of 21’ 6” with a wide beam spanning 98”. Interior depth at the console is 18.5”, providing plenty of depth needed for functionality and safety. The SX210 weighs 2,300 pounds with a draft of 10” for shallow water accessibility and is powered by the most dependable saltwater outboard available. You can choose between the Yamaha F150, VF150, F175 or F200.

Check out these standard features that put you into the action with the first trip.

  • Yamaha multifunction gauges
  • Horizontal rod storage
  • Removable windshield
  • Seastar® hydraulic steering
  • 25-gallon rear live well
  • Vertical rod holders (14)
  • Retractable boarding ladder

Shopping for a bay boat usually means also shopping for a trailer. Not with the SX210, which comes standard with a trailer equipped with these standard features.

  • I-Tube Aluminum Trailer with tandem axle
  • Swing-away tongue
  • Fulton® jack stand and winch
  • Tuff Coat fenders
  • Spare tire and carrier

Also standard is a Lowrance® HDS-9 Gen3 Touch with internal GPS, Structure Scan®, and temperature gauges. The dash-mounted unit is factory installed by skilled technicians for dependable, worry-free operation.

From stem to stern the SX210 is rigged and ready to make a long run to the bay or into shallow flats. For that task, the SX210 comes standard with 8-foot Pro-Series II Power Pole®, the best available shallow water anchoring system. An anchor box, front deck storage, bait wells and more round out the fishing features.

The SX210 is designed and made with Skeeter’s Torque Transfer Transom and Stringer System. This unique system transfers the vertical torque and energy from the engine to the stringer system in the bottom of the boat, virtually eliminating stress on the transom, deck and hull sides, while providing lift along the entire keel of the boat.

Learn more at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

This document contains many of Skeeter’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com