A recent tagging study on Lake Calcasieu in southwest Louisiana showed the largest speckled trout range over a wide variety of habitats and can be found in areas totally isolated from other fish.
There are numerous reasons reach gigantic proportions in relation to others of their species. I have heavily investigated this and integrated it into my F.L.E.X. Fishing system which I will be covering in upcoming seminars in Corpus Christi and Houston on behalf of Texas Fish & Game.
One trait I would like to cover briefly here just to get you thinking as we enter big trout season is obscurity.
Big whitetail deer tracked with radio telemetry are sometimes found living in the middle of open fields in a tiny cluster of bushes and then move around at night. They are also found living in barns and in all kinds of other strange places.
Big fish like trout for example do not congregate with others nearly as much as the younger specimens and after reviewing outtake from the Calcasieu study and experiencing some things for myself over the last year I have come to believe a lot of the big trout are there live in areas most anglers would never fish.
What types of areas am I talking about?
#The canals leading from the boat ramp to the bay.
#Buoy markers along the Intracoastal.
#Barren stretches of shoreline along the bay
#Deep reaches of bayous and small marshy lakes that hold high levels of saltwater
#Old boat docks positioned over mud flats adjacent to deep water
The list is endless but these are some types of areas I thought of as I sat down to write this.
Think about areas you have never fished and have perhaps never seen anyone fish.
Will there be monster trout there? Maybe not but you never know until you try.
It has been a long time since the state record trout was broken and maybe the reason is we have been fishing in all the wrong places.
It is something to think about.