Catching a trophy trout is like winning your first Olympic medal.
There’s nothing like a massive fish as a reward for all the hours, hard work and passion you put in on the sport.
If you’ve been dreaming of catching your first trophy trout, then today’s your lucky day. We’ve talked to the pros who are more than willing to give their two cents on how to make it happen.
Will Drost, Guide-Service Owner and Pro Photographer, Lake Charles, Louisiana
“Long casts are key. I use 20-pound PowerPro double-uni-knotted to 30-pound fluorocarbon, a Shimano Core baitcasting reel and a 7-foot Waterloo rod. These rods are built for true trophy-trout fishing. They are light yet have the backbone for chucking big suspended baits and top waters a country mile. They also still possess the power and finesse to feel a subtle bite.”
Capt. Kevin Cochran, Trout Tracker Guide Service, Corpus Christi, Texas
“Jumbo trout can be much easier to catch in low-light conditions, when they feed more actively, particularly in areas with clear water. Fishing for trophy trout at night is productive in winter when the water is more often clear.”
Capt. Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Charters, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
“I see people lose their trophy fish before they even make the first cast. Most of the areas where we look for big trout are in 4 feet of water or less. When people idle in on a quarter-throttle and throw a big wave over the area, they’re as good as done. We have had four or five of our boats working the same 50-yard area of shoreline bringing in big trout on every boat. Then, another boat comes in, pushing a wake into the bank. It’s like a light switch when that wave rolls in on the bank.”