I want to learn how to fish the surf for speckled trout

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I want to learn how to fish the surf for speckled trout

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I would like to learn how to catch trout in the surf. I would be happy to return the favor and take someone out on my skiff and pole them around the flats to sightcast to redfish either fly or spin. If anyone is interested let me know.
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Re: I want to learn how to fish the surf for speckled trout

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I wish I could take you up on your invitation to take me fly fishing, but alas, those days are behind me.

I spent many a week end surf fishing the padre Island national seashore when we lived in Corpus. I had a good friend who was an experienced surf fisherman. He taught me how to spot cuts in the guts (sand bars) which proved to be hot spots during incoming and out going tides. This information turned my surf fishing from a hit or miss proposition into a considerably more productive endeavor. And, the propensity to hang lunker trout is constantly on your mind.

Walking along the second or third sandbar (tide dependent) casting live shrimp under a popping cork into the deeper water is a popular method that can produce significant trout action. We, however, all used a variety of artificial lures, finding that the color pink was usually productive in the clear water that we preferred to fish in. Due to the usual on shore winds that are prevalent when surf fishing, I found blind casting a fly rod to be too tiring. But others of my surf fishing buddies, hoping for calm water and light winds, preferred nothing other than whipping the surf with fly lines.

I had some fantastic adventures, thanks to surf fishing. It's different than fishing from a boat in so many ways. Perhaps, I felt even closer to, and a more integral part of the action. The variety of fish that can be caught also added to the experience...,especially when my favorite eating fish, the pompano, were active.
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Re: I want to learn how to fish the surf for speckled trout

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Kayak Kid,
Can you share some insight on how to find these rips or cuts in the sand bars.
I assume you look for areas were waves are breaking to the left and right of the cut, but the water appears more calm in these cuts.

From talking with one guide he said that conditions he looks out for are
1) wind under 20 MPS
2) Waves under 4 feet
3) Not going 2-4 days after a full moon.
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