How To Drift Grass Flats For Speckled Trout
If you had no fancy trolling motor…
And no expensive Power-Pole…
How would you catch fish?
That’s a great question and one that we get asked a lot!
Those pieces of equipment are expensive, and if you’re part of a boat club, like Freedom Boat Club, your rental boat likely doesn’t have these things.
If this is you, we hear you!
In this new live and uncut podcast episode, we decided to show you exactly what we would do in that situation.
So here’s what we did: we found a grass flat in a good spot that was likely to hold fish.
We set ourselves up to let the wind and the current drift us into the feeding zone and we caught a ton of nice trout!
Check out the video below to see exactly what we did and learn:
- What the best lures to use when fishing grass flats for trout are
- Where to find flats that are likely to hold fish
- How to decide when to move spots (and start catching fish again!)
- And much more
You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I definitely recommend since there was a lot of fish catching footage), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.
How To Drift A Grass Flat For Trout [VIDEO]
How To Drift A Grass Flat For Trout [PODCAST]
- HOW TO FIND 90% OF ALL FEEDING FISH IN YOUR AREA (90/10 FISHING RULE)
- THIS CHUMMING TRICK HAD SPECKLED TROUT EATING OUT OF OUR HANDS!
Mentioned Lures & Hooks:
How To Drift Flats
The key to drifting grass flats is to set yourself up so that the current and wind take you to where you want to go.
On this trip, we positioned the boat upwind and then let the wind take us down the flat.
To make sure we stayed on course, we used the motor as a tiller.
We didn’t turn it on, but we did turn the wheel to keep us heading in the right direction.
Leaving the motor off lets you stealthily drift a grass flat and decreases the chance you’ll spook fish.
Once you’ve drifted an entire flat you can turn your motor back on and find another flat to drift, or, if the bite was good, you can circle back (without driving through the feeding zone) and drift the same flat.
Where To Find Trout On Grass Flats
Trout can often be found in or around sandy potholes in grass flats.
If the tide is low, you can usually find them near the edge where the flat and deeper water meet, but on this trip, since it was high tide, they were about 50 yards off of the edge of the flat.
As far as depth, it will change every trip, but what you’ll find is that the fish will most likely be holding in the same depth.
For instance, if you catch fish in water that’s 3-5′ deep (like we did on this trip), then other flats that are 3-5′ deep will probably hold fish, while flats that are shallower or deeper might not.
And here’s another tip for finding fish: look for birds.
If you see diving birds, they’re probably feeding on baitfish from above, and there’s most likely predator fish feeding on those same baitfish from below.
You can often find mackerel, jacks, trout, and ladyfish there.
Best Lures To Catch Trout On Grass Flats
One of the keys to our success is that we were using a proven lure.
Paddletails, like the Slam Shady we were using, are proven to catch trout on grass flats.
We rigged them on the Trout Eye Jig Head and just casted them out and did a steady retrieve, occasionally adding in some twitches and pauses.
We’ve caught tons of trout on grass flats using this setup and recommend it to everyone else fishing the same scenario.
And besides the fact that using a proven lure gets strikes, it also helps us focus on what’s important: finding feeding fish.
You’ll notice that when the bite slowed down toward the end of the video we didn’t question if it was the lure that was causing it to slow down, but we questioned the spot.
What happened was we drifted out of the feeding zone, so all we needed to do was go back to where we were catching fish previously and start drifting that area again.
Where many people go wrong is that they stay in dead zones too long trying different lures and wasting time.
If you’re using a lure that you know fish like, then you can put all your time and energy on finding the feeding zones, which is what will actually help you catch more fish.
If you don’t have a fancy trolling motor or expensive Power-Poles, you can still catch a ton of fish.
This is a great way to get a ton of tight lines and since all you need to do is cast and retrieve, it’s a great way for kids and anglers to catch fish.
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