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Old 12-27-2018, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Big Winter Trout and Redfish

Winter is here, and the trout bite has already been amazing this year. Ever since the water temps dropped quickly into the low 60s to upper 50s, the trout bite really took off. Warmer days, I’ll throw topwater all day looking for limits with occasional big fish. Cold days the jerkbaits come out, and purple and blue backed baits have been getting crushed fished slowly.

The night bite has been incredible, and the big trout have been hungry for some big mullet. I’ve been throwing a 6” swimbait line thru rigged this year, and the big ones completely inhale it in a split second. The Thump is addicting, and gets the adrenaline pumping before I even make a cast. Never know when she’s gonna bite!

Redfish have also been plentiful, but not many slots. Most have been in the 29-33” range and are hanging out right alongside the trout. They also inhale the swimbait at night, and love a big jerkbait during the day.

Here’s some pics of the fish I’ve been after:
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:37 PM   #2
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More pics
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:59 PM   #3
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Wow Man I hate that the weather got bad and couldn't make it I would love to get 1 of those gator trout
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Got em dialed in again I see. Glad you are doing well!
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Old 12-27-2018, 08:54 PM   #5
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Damn it man!! Those are true gators! I need to follow you around sometime!
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Some fine ones ! I've been wanting to try the night bite ,but It's all cold and wet out there ! Fishing bankers hours has become my thing Lol ! ....but I haven't been catching any monster trout this year either. I guess that I'm going to have to man up and go monster hunting one night. Thanks for the report
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I think I see a Striper in the mix as well. That silver/black Spook is a killer lure. Nice post and fish. Lotsa good eatin' there....
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Wow, Jeff! Those are some beasts! Congrats, those are some great fish and thanks again for the report!

EDIT: Are those Keitech swimbaits? They look like the same shape I remember but the ribbing is less pronounced. Just curious.
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Jeff, those are some impressive trout! What's the pace with the swimbait? Slow or can you move at a decent pace?
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Speck-tacular!!
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