Fishing Wind Protected Canals for Speckled Trout

By |2019-03-15T19:28:08+00:003.14.2019|7 Comments

Seeking refuge from the windy river, we found a mangrove-protected deep water canal that leads into a popular marina nearby. Today we started fishing around 4:30pm. The bite was hot early and mellowed out towards dusk. I believe between with the windy conditions during the day, and cooler temps during the evening, fish have moved back to deeper water. Also, the feeding habits have been later in the morning and earlier in the evening, during warmer water temps.

The fish we found were laid up in the canal at depths of 4-7 feet. The canal we were fishing was 2-3 degrees warmer than deeper parts of the river. Smaller swim baits like the 3inch Gulp Curly Tail in chartreuse was the ticket today. Pitching these baits along the mangroves, pausing for 2-3 seconds after the first “twitch twitch,” was the key to catching the speckled trout. As soon as I motioned for the second round of twitches during my retrieve, I was able to draw a strike what felt like every other cast.

In total, we caught ten fish, lost countless at the side of the boat, and missed one good sized redfish. The red was in the mid 20’s and was laying in the shadows almost directly on the bank of canal. The larger of the speckled trout were right at the bottom of the slot, 15-16 inches. We also reeled in another lone ladyfish. Almost had back to back weeks of “poor man” slams! Looking forward to spending a lot of time on the rivers next week, as it’s spring break for me, thanks to teaching! Have a safe and good week out on the water everyone!

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High school teacher by day. Young seeker in training. The unelected mayor of South Patrick Shores. IG: @alexspanky


  1. Damon March 15, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Once again, well done Alex. I am really enjoying your reports, thank you!

  2. JC March 15, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Nice report! I’m envious – I took yesterday off for my birthday, it was NOT nearly enough time. Maybe I should go into teaching. Enjoy your week off!

    • HooknCook March 18, 2019 at 9:46 am

      happy b-day btw …

    • AlexSpanky March 21, 2019 at 11:45 pm

      I hope you had a good birthday! Brevard is short on teachers, actually the entire state is about 10,000 short.

  3. HooknCook March 18, 2019 at 9:46 am

    This is how I’d like to do my fishing reports. Awesome, keep it up.

    • AlexSpanky March 21, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks HooknCook! Lmk when you post!

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