Henry, Marshall, and I had a blast today fishing for speckled trout in the lower Pamlico. It started to get a little weird today because everytime we would start seeing snakes (banded water snakes), we’d start catching some nice trout. I even saw a snake swim out off the bank, dive, catch a baitfish, and swim back to the bank and eat his meal. I told the guys that’s a new sign for finding bait in an area. The sign held true because we started catching fish soon after.
We caught lots of trout, threw back lots of 4 pounders after keeping a nice 3 person limit. We also caught a few slot drum as well as a handful or more undersized drum in addition to a keeper flounder. We could have culled out all big trout for our limit, but we like eating the 16 inchers a lot better than the 20+ inchers for two reasons………they taste better and we like to limit the number of spawning females we keep. That’s something to think about as you choose your trout limit.
Enjoy the pictures. Our late spring/early summer mixed bag season is shaping up to be a great one. I hope you will consider joining me on one of my upcoming open dates: May 26, June 7, 26-30.