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Theory On Record Setting Speckled Trout

  by Captain Jay Wester, Speckled Trout Clinic

Speckled trout anglers today have more technology, information and advanced fishing gear to pursue what drives them everytime they wet their line, a record setting speckled trout.

There are many different rods, reels, lures and techniques available now that will aid in this pursuit. No matter which combination of these you use in your quest, it will always be up to the speckled trout itself that will be the deciding factor.

After years of observation and logged statistics, the following theory was developed. Speckled trout are similar to humans in behavior and very similar to canines in regard to aging.

The speckled trout up until the age of about one year or in canine years, the age of about seven, depend on the nurturing and closely confined security of other family

members and lots of friends and visitors. They will eat practically anything that will fit into their growing mouths and the newness of life makes them very vulnerable to both predators and anglers. During this very young age, they are developing and acquiring the much needed skills to survive. They depend on one another for protection and to help one another locate the sources of food. This dependency upon one another is the groundwork established to make it into the next phase of their life, the "teenage years".

Once the speckled trout reaches the age of two to three or in canine years, the age of about fourteen to twenty one, the speckled trout has lots of friends and begins a journey of exploration and travel. During this time period they will continue to eat basically everything in sight and continue to grow at a rapid pace. Similar to adolescents aging through the teenage years, they tend to always be on the move and full of energy. The male species tends to be the most aggressive during this phase of life while the female is preparing itself for the most important phase of its life, the spawn in which they will give birth to speckled trout of their own.

By the time the speckled trout reaches the age of four to five or in canine years, the age of about twenty eight to thrity five, they will be fairly well set up in their daily routines in their course of life. During this time period, their once abundant energy and endless string of friends has dwindled and they begin to settle down into their own lifestyle so to speak. The male species will still have the eagerness to travel and be rambunctious, while the female has settled down into a close ring of other female friends that gossip and play pokeno more than likely. The choice of meals has become a little more selective during this period. Just like humans, they acquire a certain taste for the foods that they have become accustom to in reaching this age. They will frequent the same restaraunts or "feeding locations" on a more regular basis. They also start to "house hunt" and look for a place to call "home". Just as we have equations factored into our selection of a home, so do the speckled trout. They will search for generally one thing very near their "home" which is food. Setting this type of pattern settles them into their next phase of life.

At the age of six to seven or in canine years, the age of about forty two to forty nine, the speckled trout settles into their lifestyle that has evolved over time. During this time period, the speckled trout has fewer friends and doesn't travel far from home for too much of anything. They have established a pattern of where and what time to eat. Much like us, they probably call one another and say, "Hey Sally, there's a special on shad down at Long Reef". Or even a better example related to anglers, they would probably say, "Hey Sally, remember last year we really ambushed those spawning shad down at Long Reef". The total range of travel during this phase of life is quite possibly not over one mile from "home". The female has probably had enough of the male and has developed a very close circle of girlfriends. They are content in where they made their home and more than likely it is somewhere very close to deep water access with lots of structure and a flowing food source.

Once the speckled trout nears the age of being a senior citizen or about fifty six and older in canine years, it has set the pattern of life and will probably die not very far from this place they have established as their home. By the time the speckled trout reaches this ripe old age, it is very wise, not too energetic and probably has very few friends left in their circle. They have seen the world, ate at the finest restaraunts and have developed into the saavy speckled trout in which we are in pursuit. This time in their life is when they are the most protective of themselves and instead of being the aggressive and fierce species they were in their growing years, they are very intelligent and alot more selective of what they eat and where they travel. For these reasons, the speckled trout is one of the most difficult species of game fish to catch past the age of eight years old. They know what a boat motor sounds like. They know what a human sounds like. They can sense these sounds as danger if they have ever had hooks in their mouth. The proof of this can be observed by just analyzing the way that speckled trout act when you do catch them. In their younger years they jump, flip and shake like crazy at the time of your hook set while a true trophy speckled trout will swirl and roll, swim directly at you and look for some type of structure to help them dislodge the hooks. If they have had a lure in their mouth at one point in their older years, it more than likely will be more difficult in catching it on the same lure. Possibly even the mere communication of them saying to one another, "Oh Sally...I just ate a mullet that was yellow with six legs and it bit me back. I was drug all over and finally something big and ugly grabbed me, took the mullet from my mouth and let me go. If you see any yellow mullet around Long Reef, don't eat them". They have grown to reach this age and size through wisdom, communication and patience.

These phases of life of the highly sought after speckled trout are just a theory, but the sense it makes in comparison to our lives as humans and the aging of canines is quite logical. So start thinking "out of the box" and you could possibly have the success that you will need to land your record setting speckled trout of a lifetime.

For more information or to book a trip, contact Captain Jay Wester at the Speckled Trout Clinic on Sabine Lake at or visit their Web site.


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