Heddon Minnow

What type of tackle/bait should I use for Speckled Trout?

I am in Galveston, TX, and would like to catch some Speckled Trout. What kid of bait should I use? Floater or sinker? What type of hook?

Dustin has a good answer, (thumbs up).

Live Shrimp, Live Mud-Minnow, Live Menhaden, Live Finger Mullet, Live Spot/Grunt/Sailors Choice are your best baits, (for Trout, Reds, AND Flounder).

Popping Corks are effective.

A simple saltwater Slip-bobber rig- http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Rig-a-FloatSlip-Bobber-Rig-109319072

A 1/4 OZ Chartreuse colored Jig with a live Shrimp, Finger Mullet or Mud-minnow as bait.

A Spook Jr Topwater lure- http://www.basspro.com/Heddon-Saltwater-Super-Zara-Spook-Jr-/product/27430/57394

Topwater, "walk the dog" type lures work esp well for Specks.

Tackle for Reds, Trout and Flounder???- If your on a limited budget a 7FT Spinning outfit with 14-17LB Mono will work, (braided lines like Power Pro 8/30 is an excellent line for spinning application as long as you use a Fluorocarbon leader).

If you can afford (or prefer) a Baitcasting outfit go with a 7-8FT Rod with a round-style Abu Garcia C4.

Hope this helps?

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