Here’s What you Need for Finicky Trout
written by staff writer
Paper or plastic? In this case, it’s plastic or ElaZtech for Capt. C. A. Richardson.
Fishing near Port Richey, Florida, for gator trout in winter, Richardson used the ZMan baits made with proprietary technology that distinguishes these baits from plastic ones.
And it’s not just specific baits you need for winter trout fishing. Richardson likes the 7-foot Falcon coastal clear water rod. Calling it “ideal” for trout fishing in these conditions, he said the medium-light rod acts like a shock absorber.
He also used 10-lb. braid on the spinning outfit and 20-lb. on the casting outfit. For the 24-inch leader, he used 20-lb. fluorocarbon, instead of monofilament, for its lower visibility.
So, winter and trout aren’t mutually exclusive. Sometimes you just need to think beyond plastic baits and try something new.