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Topwater Speckled Trout In July

Mike Caulder

I had the opportunity to do some fishing early Wednesday morning with Capt. Jamie of Seagate Charters. Our objective was twofold. First we were after some speckled trout on topwater lures and secondly, we needed footage for a new Youtube video. So at 5:45 A.M. I met Jamie at the ramp and off we went. By the time we arrived at our secret location the sun was coming up and everything was in place. Within a few short minutes of casting topwater lures we were beginning to get some strikes. Both of us were using Rapala Skitter Walks and walking the dog with these baits. Shortly I was hooked into our first fish and into the cooler he went. Within 12 hours he would be resting in a fish taco. A few more casts and blowups later we decided the bite was picking up and I had better start filming. So onto the shoreline I went and Jamie started casting. Strike after strike yielded no fish. Finally we got a hard hit and a good hook set. With the camera rolling, Jamie landed another plump speckled trout. We continued filming and casting but as luck would have it, my camera battery coughed and gurgled and finally died. Ahh technology. So I made my way back into the boat and we both made a few more casts. It wasn’t long before the other charter boats were nearing our area and it was time to go. A secret spot is a secret for a reason. With preservation of the honey hole in mind, we headed back to the ramp. I was heading home while Jamie had a 9 A.M. charter customer to pick up. What a day though. Topwater specks in July.