Local NC coastal guide Captain Jot Owens will be giving a free seminar on speckled trout fishing at West Marine in Wilmington on Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m. The talk will focus on fishing tactics for speckled trout and the types of bait, tackle, and lures to use in catching them.
There will be a free drawing for fishing tackle at the end of the seminar. West Marine is located in Wilmington, NC at 1930 Eastwood Rd.
Speckled trout are one of the most beautiful and sought-after fish in the Carolinas. Anglers go after the aggressive but fickle fish with live bait and artificial lures.
I asked Capt. Owens some questions about trout fishing to help readers prepare for his seminar.
Jeffrey Weeks: Why are speckled trout such an important and popular fish in NC?
Captain Jot Owens: I believe that speckled trout are important and popular in NC because they are good to eat, fun to catch and can be a challenge to catch sometimes. Speckled trout numbers in NC seem to be good and you can catch a life-time size speckled trout just about anywhere trout live in NC.
Jeffrey Weeks: Are speckled trout different in their habits than other fish? Will you be revealing some things the average angler doesn't know to do?
Captain Jot Owens: Speckled trout will live and feed in some of same areas that other NC inshore game fish live and feed, but sometimes you can find trout in places where you’ll find nothing but trout. Moving water (current) is one of the most important things to look for when looking for speckled trout; 99% of the time trout will be in current or at least very close to it.
Jeffrey Weeks: Will there be tips for both new fishermen and for old salts as well?
Captain Jot Owens: One of many trout tips I will be teaching is that trout tend to look out in front of them and up, but never below them. With this said it is very important to use the right lure for the depth of water you are fishing. You need to use a lure that will stay in the strike zone for the longest amount of time!
Capt. Owens is a native of Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington. Capt. Jot has been fishing the waters of this area his entire life. You can find him on the web at captainjot.com.
For more information about speckled trout and other saltwater fish see my book Surf and Saltwater Fishing in the Carolinas.