Nice trout! Reminds me of the ones I used to get back home fishing the flats for black tips and bulls. When something takes a whole lady fish or mullet like that you're not really expecting a trout
Not the best photo, but this is the biggest sight fished speckled trout I’ve caught to date, caught on this past Monday afternoon trip. The fish went a little beyond 26”, my measure stick goes to just beyond 25”. Over 6 pounds on the boga grip scale. About average on the length to weight ratio for the species.
I was bumping along in the kayak in reef and gut water searching for fish and had been seeing and at times catching various fish Iike sheepshead, black drum, smaller redfish and trout. This particular fish was up ahead some destroying mullet or anything that dared to come off the edge of the reef. I paddled the kayak over something like 75 yards to investigate the commotion. The water was clear green and I didn’t want to risk getting too close and spooking the fish so I made my shot standing in the Commander from about 70 feet and with my offhand since the little SE wind favored that side. It was with my 7/8 weight CGR and a tan size 4 borski slider. Fly landed about three or four feet from the trout and it moved right for the fly for the eat.
The fish initially came mostly towards me and was off the reel. I ended up managing it off the reel for the entire fight. When I got it close to the kayak it was then when it really battled. They don’t call speckled trout “paper mouths” for nothing so I was really careful not to put too much pressure on the fish risking tearing the delicate mouth membranes. I think the fiberglass rod helped quite a bit with softening the several powerful surges the fish made.
Getting that trout in the net, the whole work up to it and the cast, all of it, was certainly a major highlight of my fishing year. A six pound redfish will run farther and faster and likely pull harder, but the rarity of and difficulties with sight fishing quality speckled trout and bringing one all the way to hand puts it well above a similar sized redfish, at least for my own estimation. No offense to the redfish because I do love them so very much.
Good job! Nice fish
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