The saying goes: the sea trout is the fish of a thousand casts! Well, it may be true but if you take into consideration a few small, but essential details, the odds can become much better! The most important choice you’ll have to make is the selection of the spot you’re going to fish. This is simply the key to success or failure. Thanks to modern technology and internet, this has become much easier. All that you have to do is to go on Google Maps and scan the coastal areas in search of rocky zones. They appear as darker spots highlighted par the lighter sandy zones.
Why there? Because this is where their food will be found. Sandeels (adults and juveniles), crabs and other small animals seeking refuge amongst the rocks rather than on the open and therefore dangerous, sandy areas.
It is essential to be as discreet as possible when approaching the “reefs”. Be it, from a boat or a belly boat, you have to use lures that will enable you to fish from a far away as possible. To do so I like to use the Gunki Gamera 65SP and 90F, they cast like missiles which means you are far less likely to spook the fish by going too close to rocks.
If you proceed like this and if the fish are there, it won’t be long before you’ll get the first bites that are sometimes more of a small pull or knock than a real hit.
The choice of lure when fishing for sea trout is not complicated. Your hard bait has to be able to swim correctly a steady retrieve and with the best casting capacities possible. In order to break a telltale monotonous course, every 5 or so rotations of the reel I pause, like that my Gamera makes a short “stop” and appears to be more natural.
Doing so makes the action of my lure seem far more realistic and the erratic, irregular style of animation really gets the sea trout to react better that a constant linear styled retrieve. I mainly use natural colours and, in the Gunki hard bait range, the White Fry and Metallic Bleek are just perfect.
I have another lure that I also take with me: the 18g P&M Tease n°2, it’s a classic! It has a very high frequency swimming action which, combined with a chromed back, imitates to the perfection a small, very scared, fleeing prey!
I also use the “spin & stop” styled animation with the Tease, almost all the bites occur during the “stop” or just as you restart reeling. Be warned, sometimes the bites are insanely hard and an instant crazy jumping and spinning tango starts as the trout tries to escape!
The combo I like to use is the Gunki 240H Kairo rod paired with the Gunki SWG FV 300 reel. The reel is spooled with a 0.08 Slidebraid and last but not least, 120cm of 0.28 Ice Flurocarbon.
No matter how well you prepare, you can never guarantee success when fishing for sea trout, but one thing is for certain, this fish creates an instant addiction! Cast, cast and cast again, just always be ready, because 9 times out of 10 it will be when you are least expecting it that the electroshock will rip your rod out of your hands and send a massive shot of adrenaline streaming through your veins!
Don’t forget a floating landing net as these crazy fish can be a nightmare to land. From the edge you can always strand a fish, but on the water I like to use the P&M Specialist Boat Landing Net. The rubberized large mesh is a 1000 times better that the small woven ones where treble hooks always get stuck.
So for those who never give up, without doubt a trout will be your reward, but it comes with a price, instant addiction and that is a firsthand experience!
Till next time