I've never cast a fly rod blind for speckled trout - I only cast to fish sign.
Sometimes targeting a specific fish, sometimes targeting schoolies, but always casting to bait sign or wakes on the surface.
Or at the very least blind casting in a moving tide pass with a sinking line, where the probability of gamefish is high.
But even then, you see slashes at the shore across the tide pass.
Second cast of the morning in Allyn's Lake - first cast was a bigger spec that tore the hook out on her second run.
I was casting to shrimp jumping out of the water.
Blind casting here would never have seen these fish, not been prepared to quick cast, and probably turned them away before they arrived.
This was wading broken grass on a foggy dead calm at structure, and casting to vee-wakes coming off the big bay. a dozen at a time.
This was drifting a boat and blind fishing a baitcaster - put the bait rod down and picked up the rigged fly rod when we drifted into trout sign
Schoolies under the lights - don't even stand up until there's fish sign, or they'll move to the next light.
If you want to blind cast something, an UL shore light game rod is a lot of fun.
OK, and even here, mostly casting to fish sign.
This is NS Black Hole 8' UL Rockfish rod.
Shore light game rods are made with a progressive taper, equivalent to a 3- or 4-wt fly rod.
They have a reinforced butt section for turning big fish.
The lighter versions will throw 1/64th oz - have been fishing this one in the salt 13 years now
this is an 8' shore light game UL baitcaster that will sail a 3-g plug to 120' using a BFS reel.
This day there was no fish sign or tide movement in Little Cut, and I still turned a couple of tourist trout.
This is fun fishing, and anything but obstinate