Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41 No 3 - Page 14

Summertime Trophies (Continued from page 7.) the morning or late in the evening when the current is going out. An outgoing current forces baitfish out of the marsh, guts, and bayous. As the water level falls, trout will be waiting to ambush the bait at the mouths of these areas. Mullet imitation plugs will coax strikes from chunky specks along the shoreline. Topwater baits are always a great option for enticing a trophy, and two of my favorites are the Unfair Lures DawgWalker and the Skitter Walk made by Rapala. There are countless color patterns to choose from, however, pink and bone are where my confidence lies. When the surface walking fakes aren’t getting the job done, suspending plugs and large paddle-tail soft plastics are other prime options while wading East Matagorda. The Unfair Lures Rip- N-Slash can be deadly when specks are blowing up a topwater but not eating it. Paddle tails and swimbaits rigged on an 1/8th ounce jighead are tantalizing soft plastic presentations. Perhaps the best way to cash in on the substantial population of monster trout that East Matagorda has to offer, is to focus on deeper, mid bay areas. The system is chock full of oyster reefs and uncharted stretches of scattered shell. Drifting this structure from the boat is the ultimate strategy for successfully landing football-shaped specks during the summer. 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