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Fishing in Alabama: Speckled Trout

Fishing in Alabama: Speckled Trout

One of the best places to catch saltwater fish in Alabama is Orange Beach, a location that is famed for the incredible variety of fish species that can be found there at varying times of the year. The Speckled Trout usually appears along the Alabama coast towards the end of the spring to capitalise on the growing food source. As the numbers of baitfish begin to increase during May and June, so too do the numbers of Speckled Trout.

If you wish to go fishing for Speckled Trout in Alabama, you should be aware that a size limit applies. Any Speckled Trout you catch in the state of Alabama should be at least 14 inches in length, or it should be returned to the water.

There are two main methods of fishing for Speckled Trout in Alabama – wade or surf fishing, and fishing from a boat. Wade fishing is best undertaken at Dauphin Island, Sand Island, Fort Morgan and east of the Perdido Pass Bridge at Orange Beach. You should look for speckled trout in certain locations, depending on what time of day you decide to go fishing. In the morning you may find them very close to the beach. During the day the speckled trout will move further out into the sea, and can most often be found in troughs of furrows in the seabed.

The most productive times to go fishing for Speckled Trout in Alabama are early in the morning (before dawn), late in the afternoon, or at night. During the afternoon you may find Speckled Trout near docks, availing of the shade from the hot sun. It is also useful to take advantage of any tidal activity. Fish tend to follow moving bait, and therefore fishing in tidal waters encourages fish such as the Speckled Trout to bite. Incoming tides are usually the best bet, as they carry the fish towards you. This also means that you do not have to wrestle with the fish and the tide as well, as you would if you fished in outgoing tidal waters.