How To Drift A Flat For Speckled Trout (Plus A Secret Grouper Trick)


Let’s face it, sometimes the trolling motor dies on you.

And sometimes you’re fishing on a boat, skiff, or kayak without a trolling motor.

In these scenarios, one of the best ways to catch a ton of fish is by drifting the flat for specked trout.

So in this LIVE episode, we show you exactly how we drift a flat for trout (including the best spots, time, tide, etc).

We even throw in our secret grouper trick that continues to work everywhere.

If you’re ever in a situation with no trolling motor and MUST catch trout, then you’ve got to hear this!

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents:

  • 0:40 – Here’s one way you can catch fish without a trolling motor
  • 1:12 – This is where you should drift
  • 3:45 – My go-to lure right now
  • 5:03 – More new lures we’re working on
  • 5:15 – Salt Strong custom rod testing
  • 6:24 – How to use your motor to steer when drifting
  • 7:10 – Potholes, depth changes, & covering ground
  • 8:54 – What fish smell and what are negative scents?
  • 11:24 – You may find the right spot but don’t make this mistake
  • 12:10 – Easy spot to fish and almost guaranteed to catch fish
  • 13:27 – One thing you can do to mask negative scents
  • 14:54 – Learn more about fish scents and negative scents here
  • 15:10 – Get your copy of The Scientific Angler here
  • 16:18 – Thoughts on red tide and how we approach fishing around the red tide
  • 18:20 – The fish are exactly where they are supposed to be
  • 20:04 – Top secret project revealed
  • 22:18 – Creating the perfect inshore fishing rod for catching slams
  • 25:12 – Fishing around channel markers
  • 28:30 – Honey holes for sea bass
  • 31:26 – Where did Joe and Luke live before Florida?
  • 34:20 – What should we name our rods?
  • 37:45 – Great way for anglers to learn feeling a strike on an artificial lure
  • 38:47 – Power Prawn Jr. vs the larger Power Prawn
  • 41:30 – How to win giveaways from Salt Strong
  • 42:00 – Just hit a HUGE milestone with our Insider Community


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Drifting a flat at the edge of a channel is an easy way to catch tons of fish.

And when you don’t have a trolling motor, you’ll have to learn to use your motor and the wind to your advantage.

What’s your confidence lure when the fishing is tough?

Also, what should we name our custom inshore rod?

And should Luke cut his hair, go with a ponytail, or rock a man bun?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Joe Moody
4 months ago

Luke definately needs a pony tail!

4 months ago
Reply to  Joe Moody

Haha!!! That’s where I draw the line.

jules dupont
4 months ago

great video.occassionally i’ll cast behind the boat.i think the boat and it’s shadow spook the bait and that triggers strikes.glad i found you guys!

Steven Free
4 months ago

On the hair thing I don’t have any hair on my head per say been half since the new millennium began but to me if I did being old fashioned I would keep it short to me man buenas you call it or pony tails are for woman and girls only and unless you want to look quite gay I wouldn’t advise it plus the heat in Florida especially where you guys are at in south Florida who wants something that adds extra discomfort from the relentless heat but why listen to an old fashioned ex navy baby boomer I’m just to old fashioned and don’t really fit in to the new millennium way of life where computers rein and if your not with it your simply left behind but to me that’s alright anyway because the majority of the time I fish and do things alone just the way I like it works for me😉

John Freeman
4 months ago

My son married a girl from blue ridge Ga. I was born in Jesup Ga . I have lived in FLA. From the time I was 3 years old

Thomas Marks
4 months ago

One more comment about the rod. The name is important needs to convey a strong image, “Fish Strong” is good the image of great fish to be caught. “Salt Strong” is a community of like minded fishing “family”. Both names are good, Just what image do you want. My custom rods are “League Rods” my “sales pitch is “Be extraordinary fish a League Rod and join the “League of Extraordinary Fishermen”. The rods were labeled, … first line League Rods.. second line angler’s name, member.. third line “League of Extraordinary Fishermen”

Thomas Marks
4 months ago

As usual fun to watch you guys fish.
Luke, New York, Rochester! That’s close to my home, we’ll sort of close. I lived next to Lake Erie 23 miles southwest of Buffalo. Rochester was 1.5 hrs away, close enough to have realities there. You were in a great area for fishing… Lake Ontario, finger lakes, the Great Lakes tributaries for steelhead, and of course Lake Erie for the best smallmouth fishing in North America, walleye too. The four seasons are beautiful, but I have experienced them long enough so making Florida my new home had opened a whole new fishing world. Lovin’ it!

4 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Marks

How cool that you lived up in the Great Lakes zone too! Sure was a fun experience for me to experience such drastic seasonal changes.

Gary Rome
4 months ago

Great on site episode, Congrats Joe on catching a trout!! Noticed everytime Luke touches the wheel he gets a strike its happened on numerous episodes. It may be the PAUSE??? Great show guys, love it Gary, in Jacksonville

4 months ago
Reply to  Gary Rome

Good eye Gary! Yes, the pauses sure do seem to draw strikes.

Laurence Levenberg
4 months ago

Hi Guys, what rod and reels were you using in this video(Drifting the Flats)? Also what line and leaders ? Thanks

Neal Hagood
4 months ago

RE: New Rod name… Fish Strong SLAM Series Custom Rods.
Do include a ‘built-in’ ruler on rod!

J Long
4 months ago
Reply to  Neal Hagood

I like the new rod name suggestion, Neal!

Aaron Smith
4 months ago

Joe always has the best movie quotes, and Luke is having none of it every time.🤣🤣


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