Autumn Specks in the Peach State

If we go to Coastal GA October 7-11, will we catch specks? Are there reputable boats to take us out w/experienced captains? Many thanks, Pj

Most likely, providing you use the correct techniques.

Winter Fishing for specks is great as long as you understand the fish. August and September are transition months for speckled trout. The schools will break up, and they will seek out deeper water in estuaries, canals, bayous, inland marshes, bays, and even brackish lakes. Along the Ga. Coast, look for them along marshes, around the islands, bays, and especially river mouths and along channels. October in Ga. is still pretty warm most of the time, so the fish may still be actively feeding. Bucktail jigs should work OK, but be prepared to go to live shrimp, just in case. Their metabolism slows down greatly, and strikes will be very light. Live shrimp is best at this time, although lures can also be used if they are fished very slowly. Set the hook anytime you feel pressure, resistance or anything out of the ordinary.

Happy fishing.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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