How To Catch Trophy Trout Using Live Bait (With Capt. Peter Deeks)
By: Joseph Simonds on March 24, 2020
Want to catch your personal-best speckled trout this year?
Then you’ve got to tune into this LIVE podcast episode with Capt. Peter Deeks!
Capt. Peter is sharing his exact blueprint of how to go out and catch monster snook and trout early in the spring with his “live bait management” technique.
This technique has helped him catch several world records and become the fishing guide other fishing guides call up (including Bill Dance!) when they want to catch big inshore fish.
In this episode Capt. Peter is live and unedited and shares a TON of helpful information, including:
- where to catch big trout and snook early in the spring
- what to do when a big fish hits your bait but gets off (this will get you more trophy fish and fewer heartbreaks)
- how to actively fish live bait to catch world-record fish (including one tip that nearly everyone does the opposite of, but that’s hurting their catches)
- the exact equipment and rigging you need to land these monster fish
And much more!
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How To Fish With Live Bait
One thing that a lot of people do wrong when fishing with live bait is tossing a bait out, setting the rod in the rod holder, sitting back, and busting out a sandwich.
I’m all for relaxing, but if you want to catch trophy fish, you’ll need to switch it up.
What we were doing was letting our bait swim freely and naturally to not tip off the fish that anything was different.
We had the bail open and were feeding the line to the fish so that it wasn’t slowing them down.
What most people want to do is keep the line tight to the fish so that they know exactly where it is and can feel the strike.
When they do this, the tension on the line pushes a lot of water, which spooks the fish because they can feel all the commotion in their lateral line.
Another advantage of fishing like this is that your bait can swim farther from the boat to where the predators are much less spooky and more likely to eat.
The Best Spots For Springtime Trophy Fish
As winter turns into spring, trophy trout and monster snook are the first fish to appear on the flats.
Most fish spend their winters in areas with deeper water, like residential canals, so shallow flats close to these areas are great springtime spots.
In this video, we were fishing a cove where the water was pushing up into the mangrove shoreline.
Now, what separates a good spot from a great spot is the wind and tide.
The wind and tide were both pushing up into the mangroves, so we were able to anchor up pretty far from the shoreline where the big trout were sitting and drift our baits to them.
This helped us stay farther away from the fish than if we had to rely on casting to them.
How To Rig Live Bait For Trophy Fish
When rigging live bait for trophy fish, it’s important that the bait looks as natural as possible, and that depends a lot on how its hooked.
If you want your bait to swim, then you need to hook it in the back near the tail.
This is great for times like how we were fishing on the flats.
Capt. Peter likes to use j hooks in this scenario.
Now, if you don’t want your bait to swim far, or if there’s a ton of current, you’ll want to hook your bait through the lips.
Examples of this time would be if you’re fishing docks or bridges.
Capt. Peter likes to use circle hooks in this scenario.
Check out this article to learn more about rigging live bait.
Setting The Hook When Using Live Bait
When you’re fishing your live bait like this, there is a lot of loose line out in the water.
So when you first feel the strike (and even though there’s lots of loose line, you will, as long as you’re using braided line), reel in all the slack as quickly as you can until you hear drag pulling.
Once you hear drag pulling, set the hook.
Now when you go to set the hook when using live bait, you’re not necessarily trying to set the hook into the fish’s mouth like most people think.
Instead, you’re trying to pop the hook out of the bait so that it can hook into the fish’s mouth.
And, yes, Capt. Peter recommends doing this with both circle hooks and j hooks.
I love these unedited formats where guys like Capt. Peter Deeks can just open up and teach.
I learned a ton about trophy trout and snook, as well as how to properly fish live bait, and I hope you did, too!
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