How to Catch Seatrout

Few coastal saltwater fish species take both live baits and artificial lures as willingly as the spotted seatrout, which is why sea trout fishing can be great fun for families and beginning anglers. Learn more in this section.

You can easily target seatrout from a shoreline, fishing pier, or boat. All you have to do is check the tides, find the right spots, and use a few of the best sea trout lures or live baits. After that, you will be well on your way to catching sea trout!

How To Catch Sea Trout

If you are ready to learn how to catch sea trout, you may want to keep a few simple sea trout fishing tips in mind. Most importantly, make sure you have a current saltwater fishing license, and check your state's saltwater fishing regulations because each state has different length and bag limits that apply to spotted sea trout.

  • You can find sea trout in coastal waters throughout the Southern U.S., on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama are considered to be a few of the best states for sea trout fishing.
  • Check the water conditions. Water clarity plays a key role when sea trout fishing. In most cases, the clearer the water, the better the action will be.
  • Focus your fishing efforts on shallow grass flats when the tide is rising. When the tide begins to fall, concentrate on nearby channels and holes.
  • When targeting sea trout, you can use a 6 ½ or 7-foot medium-action spinning rod that is rigged with 12-pound test monofilament fishing line and 20-pound fluorocarbon leader line.
  • If you want to fish with live bait, shrimp is the best option. Try free-lining a live shrimp on a size 1/0 circle hook. Some anglers pinch the tail off of the shrimp prior to rigging it on a hook so that the scent helps to attract the fish.

Once you have mastered the basics of sea trout fishing, you can start experimenting with different trout fishing lures.

Best Sea Trout Lures

If you want to get more experience saltwater fishing using artificial lures, sea trout are an ideal species to pursue because they are willing biters and hard fighters. There are a few different types of sea trout lures that are worth adding to your tackle collection.

Soft plastic shrimp: Since these lures imitate the sea trout's primary food source, they work well. You can rig a soft plastic shrimp underneath a 3 to 5-inch popping cork to catch seatrout.

Plastic tail grub jigs: Pink-colored plastic tail grub jigs in ¼, ⅜, and ½-ounce weights are very effective at catching trout. Pink is a good color to use because it matches the color of a shrimp.

Soft plastic jerk baits: Soft plastic jerkbaits made with glitter or flash are among the best light-tackle lures for sea trout. Jerkbaits can be rigged weedless using a 2/0 wide gap hook, so they are perfect lures to use on the grass flats.

Topwater plugs: When fishing during the morning or evening hours on the shallow flats, floating "walk the dog" topwater plugs are good lures to try. The sight of a sea trout exploding out of the water as it hits a topwater plug is so exciting!

Spoons: Small metal spoons are good to cast out around deep holes and channels when you notice that the trout are feeding on small baitfish. Spoons can be particularly useful when you are trying to locate fish since you can cover a wide area easily.