Justin and I were tempted to try the infamous Hot Ditch area of the Elizabeth River. But part of me was also interested in trying some of the other areas on the E. Lucky for us, Matt Anderson was feeling generous and agreed to take us to one of his spots. It's not often that a speckled trout fisherman is willing to share.
We launched into the Southern Branch around 9:30pm and I quickly picked up a 16.5" speck on a Marshworks 3" Bayou Thumper in "croakain" color on a 1/4oz jighead. I love the hard thumping action on those lures. We were working the flats and drop offs and it wasn't long before Justin got a nice one that went a little over 20" on a purple MirrOLure. I stuck to working the bottom and hooked a pretty decent trout that got off right at the boat. It was probably around 18-19". After that the action died off. It took a while, but Justin came up with the right idea. Topwater.
|Just over 20"|
Justin preferred the Super Spook Jr. and I worked a Rapala Skitter Walk in "speckled trout" color. Though, I think any walk-the-dog style lure would have worked.
The action would come and go and we would change the retrieval cadence. A lot of times we would get them to hit on the pause. After a great night of great topwater trout action we called it a night around 2:30am. Thanks again, Matt.