Rigging for speckled trout
Here are diagrams of each of the live bait rigs and how to use them.
Slip cork- This is a cumbersome rig, but it is so effective that it is must when fishing for Speckled trout in water deeper than six feet. It allows for the bait to be suspended off of the bottom, thus allowing you to drift the bait with the current to locate fish. Be sure the bait is suspended in the lower third of the water column. There are a number of “bobber-stoppers” available. I have the best to be the cloth one on the tube and I put two on each rig. Eventually they will start to slip or come untied, and the second one functions as a backup.
Tight line- this is a version of a Carolina rig. The only exception is that I don’t use a leader. The small split shot crimped above the Bullet weight functions to keep the weight up. This allows you to retie and maintain the length between the hook and the weight by only retying one knot. The purpose of the bullet weight instead of the traditional egg-shaped weight is that it won’t get hung up on the shell bottom as bad. The key to this rig is the “Kahle” or “suicide” hook. It is a self-setting hook, which allows you to fish a cork rig or artificial bait and just leave this rod in the holder. The hook will almost always hook the fish in the side of the mouth.
Popping cork- this is a shallow water- less than 6’- rig. Be sure that the cork you use has a cupped top and some rattles in it. I like to use a short leader with a small black barrel swivel. Sometimes the shrimp will spin when you reel it in and the swivel will prevent line twist. As with the slip cork, be sure to fish this in the lower third of the water column, and make some noise with the cork. that is why is called a “popping” cork.
Knots - Over the years I have been asked about the types of fishing knots that I use. Although there are probably hundreds of knots, I use five to cover almost everything that I do. Here they are as well as how they are applied and variations of each:
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