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Old 09-15-2012, 09:46 AM
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John will have to help me on this one, I assume we're talking about the New York version of a WeakFish (we have a bad habit of renaming fish up here). We don't have an over abundance of shrimp up here so the main fare for them is worms. San Juan worms, any color from pink to dark red works well. When we were kids we used to tie red rubberbands to a bare hook and catch them during Cinder worm hatches.
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I use a shrimp very similar to yours in E. central FL but I mostly use a light tan craft fur and medium black bead chain eyes. I use fingernail polish to paint the brass eyes black. I found brown worked too but the tan seemed to get more hits. Have fun
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Marco the seatrout is a close relative of our weakfish but they have some different habits . I've done really well on LI with grass shrimp patterns but usually in deeper conditions then seatrout. Although I've caught small weakfish under dock lites at Fire Island it seems the seatrout of the south just love to hoard shrimp under dock lites . And many times the fish can be big! A monster weakfish is 12 to 19 lbs a gator seatrout is 7 to 12lbs. And when they are on shrimp under the lites in GA it can be nonstop action on a moving tide with fish all over the place blitzing on top. Once in a while down by Cape May seatrout are caught in the same spots that weakfish generally hold. This happens in the really warm water years.if you ever get an opportunity to fish for them your in for a treat!
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I love your quote from Lefty Kreh!!! So sums up most fly shop & fish camp BS sessions discussions. It's all really very simple, just fish.


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No truer words spoken Pete. JUST FISH!
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Default Re: Going after the Sea Trout.

My experience with specs is that they are relatively easy to catch when you time it right. They like to wallow out a slight depression in the sand around them, sit in it and ambush the bait being pulled across them on a rising or falling tide. All you have to do is find tidal movement and cast upstream a bit of and darker hole you see and they do the rest. My patterns of choice was a white Deceiver or a lightly weighted Clouser. I generally fished then skinny water and wanted my fly suspended in the water column and the standard store bought Clousers where simply too heavy. Best of luck!
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When I was home in Florida at the beginning of the summer, most my specks hit small 4-6 clousers (the Electric Chicken chartreuse-and-pink combo was my favorite) as well as lightly weighted (beadchain) estaz-and-marabou streamers (specifically Grassett's Snook Minnow). I had the most luck with a very fast retrieve using an intermediate sink tip line. This kept the fly right in the strike zone, which usually happens to be just above the trout and just under the ladyfish. They tend to be found in the same areas, and in all honesty, while not exactly table-fare, the ladyfish put up a better fight and love to get airborne. To the uninitiated, they look (and fight) like baby tarpon. Until they poop on you while you're unhooking them. Stuff looks like wet orange glo-bug yarn... gross.
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Thanks for all the help you guys, very appreciative.
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Noreaster, the trout he's after are not true trout like you're used to seeing. These are Spotted Seatrout or Weakfish. Not Brook trout.

I haven't caught a Seatrout in many years, but have caught them in the Chesapeake Bay when I was much younger. Primarily used baitfish patterns or brightly colored patterns such as Deceivers & Seaducers. Wasn't aware of Clousers back then, but they will certainly work too, particularly if you get into day time fishing.

I always had good luck with red & white, or pink & chartreuse patterns when targeting them. However, do recall that brown & tan patterns also had there productive times as well as all black or purple & black.

IMO, you would do well to have some variety of patterns that imitate local baitfish & shrimp plus some attractors in bright colors & a few dark patterns as well.

Here's the type of flies I would suggest for Seatrout:
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Default Re: Going after the Sea Trout.

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Noreaster, the trout he's after are not true trout like you're used to seeing. These are Spotted Seatrout or Weakfish. Not Brook trout.
ACE Basin Species Gallery: Spotted Seatrout

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