How To Catch Endless 20+ Inch Speckled Trout (Without Live Bait)


If you want to see our trick to getting the big (20+ inch) trout to bite, then you’re going to love this video!

We’re targeting large speckled trout on the flats using nothing but two artificial lures, some custom scent, and long casts.

We had nonstop action and you’ll discover:

  • The types of fishing spots that hold these big trout in the spring
  • The best color lures to use (and what scent to put on them to make them irresistible to fish)
  • A weird trick to get tangles and bird’s nests out
  • Why spring is one of the best times to catch gator trout
  • And even some conservation tips

If you love catching big trout, then you’re going to love this LIVE on the water episode.

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from our trip catching lots of 20″+ trout:

0:16 – Why Dr. Juice works so well

1:19 – What the fishing conditions are like for this trip

2:01 – First nice fish of the video!

2:27 – How to net a fish

5:31 – What equipment we were using to catch these trout (see note above for links)

6:27 – A little tip to catch fish when you’re fishing with a partner

7:26 – The type of spot we were fishing during this trip

10:42 – What to do if trout start swimming right toward you (this will help increase your hookup ratio)

13:48 – Another nice trout and the precise spot I caught it in

17:03 – A weird trick to get bird’s nests and tangles out

19:06 – Why we love spring trout fishing

26:30 – An interesting fact about how trout change colors depending on where they are

27:34 – How to tell if you’re getting into puffer fish

28:06 – How to have nonstop action days like this yourself


What an awesome trip!

Springtime trout fishing is hard to beat in terms of both quality AND quantity of fish.

Have any questions about how to catch endless trout in the spring?

Let us know down in the comments!

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Antonio Naylor
2 years ago

Joe, you give me hope. You on fish? I think I can do this.

Lorne Hargis
2 years ago

Hey Joe….Owner twist lock size 3/0 offset flexible rubber ?

Jayme Martin
2 years ago

I will have to test Dr. Juice against the Gulp scent. Up here in Jacksonville where the water is very murky scent is important and so far I have noticed the gulp scent is like candy and the fish love it.

2 years ago

Hey Luke, I was going to come to St. Pete area in June and was wondering where on the website I could find some of the places you fish. Thanks, and love the site

Lisa Neal
2 years ago

Waiting for the Juice to come back in stock

Luke Guerry
2 years ago

what’s the term boil refer to?

Michael Burgess
2 years ago

Great trout gentlemen! One comment – most of us only get out on the water once every couple of weeks- when I am fortunate enough to catch a nice fish, I’m not gonna feel guilty about taking a pic with him. I’m all about the conservation but I’d like some memories as well. Thanks guys

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

Thanks Michael! No need to feel guilty for taking a pic as long as some care is put into handling the fish.

John BuSha
2 years ago

Hey guys can you do a discussion on boats for those people who do not have a boat yet what kind of boats better for ensure versus what kind of boats better for offshore is there a boat you would prefer that would be insure and offshore so on and so forth

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  John BuSha

Great suggestion! Will do.

2 years ago

Great video – really enjoyed it… Nice trout.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Pablo

Thanks Pablo!

Brianne Dijamco
2 years ago

You guys are so funny together 😂 I laughed out loud when Joe mentioned keeping count and then Luke was on again. “Ofc as soon as I say that” grumble grumble grumble hahahaha. Super entertaining! Looks like a great day. Looking forward to that insider report about the actual spot! Hint hint nudge nudgeeee

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

Thanks Brianne! I am sorry to report that we can’t reveal that spot because it was shown to me by a member and my policy is that I won’t reveal spots that members send in. Just know that it fits the exact same type of spot that I’ve been highlighting in recent Weekend Game Plan lessons though.

Last edited 2 years ago by Luke Simonds
Aaron Ally
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

How about where you launched? We can figure it out from there with all the awesome reports and things we learn here, lol.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Aaron Ally

As mentioned in the recent Weekly Game Plan lessons, the fish are on the move, so putting time into trying to locate any specific spot that fish were holding weeks ago is not going to be very fruitful. The focus should be on the 2 factors that were highlighted in the latest Game Plan because those factors will make sure you can find the predators as they are moving around:


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