Catching Trout with Top Water Baits

Fishing for Trout at St. Simons Island very popular with locals and visitors alike. The most common tactic is floating live bait under a cork and it definitely works. However, there is another method that will produce a lot of bite, and a lot of excitement… Top Water!

There is nothing like seeing a fish explode on a top water bait. Some time they will knock the bait several feet into the air and become airborne themselves. This is a great way to catch a lot of fish while doing something different.

My favorite baits are the “walk the dog” style fishing baits such as the Zara Spook, Spit’n Image, Top Dog, and the Badonkadonk. These baits are fished by keeping your rod tip low near the water and twitching your rod to make the bait dart left and right through the retrieve. Vary the speed until you find the cadence that the fish want and then repeat until the job is done.

The best time to fish St. Simons Island with top water baits is at daylight on a high tide. I like to look for flats that have large clumps of oysters that are completely covered at high tide. Fish the entire clock on these flats, meaning make a cast at 12, 1, 2, 3 o’clock etc. relative to the position of the boat.

By doing this you will also learn how the fish move on a particular flat. You might find that the way you fish with live bait at a particular spot can be improved by fishing farther from the bank, or maybe further down the bank. It’s just a great way to cover a lot of water and learn more about your fishing spots, and even find new ones. Not to mention it’s just plain fun.

Fishing St. Simons provides so many opportunities, but this one is one of my favorites. Try it yourself or give me a call and let me know that you want to fish top water and I’ll be glad to show you!

Tight lines! – Capt. TJ Cheek

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