Speckled Trout Start to Heat Up

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Red drum and speckled trout fishing in NC

March Fishing Forecast – Speckled Trout Start to Heat Up as Spring Approaches

March is here and and it’s still cold!

Speckled Trout caught in the Cape Fear RiverWe are now in a transitional stage for redfish. The reds will leave their winter patterns next month when the water warms. While the water is still cold there are a few tactics that will work better than other on the reds. I like to utilize Gulp baits this time of year in natural colors. I find molting, new penny, natural, and pearl seem to work the best. It is very important to rig these baits on a 1/8 or ¼ oz jig heads, and work them very slow! You should be targeting reds in shallow creeks near oyster right now, and also near docks.

The speckled trout will start to heat up as it warms nearing spring. My favorite spring baits for trout are Mirrolure mr17’s in 808, pinfish, electric chicken and classic red head white body. I also like to use soft plastics on 1/8 oz jig heads in the spring. My soft plastic of choice is the Down South Lure hybrid paddle tail. My favorite colors in these plastics are LaRue’s Salt Sassy, Frozen Smoke and Kicken Chicken.

The Striper fishing is staying fairly steady with some nice sized fish being caught. These fish are holding in deeper water right now between eight and twenty feet. Deep diving crank baits, buck tails tipped with plastics and large swim baits are the key to catching these bigger fish. If you locate one fish, be sure to work the surrounding area thoroughly. Stripers tend to be grouped up pretty good this time of year, so be sure to be patient after that first bite!

Now’s the time to plan your fishing charter for the Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach area!

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Captain Luke Tippett of TopWater Guide Co.



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