When the bite is on it does not seem like trout are real picky. Recently I have caught nice sized trout in the surf from 18 to 22 inches on a Rapala X-Rap silver sides with black back, as these do a good job of imitating a finger mullet. The guy fishing next to me was catching them on a paddle tail soft plastics. Rapala Skitter Walks and Heddon Zara Spooks using the walking the dog technique will often slay the big trout and reds. My go to lure is a Johnson Sprite silver or gold spoon, or if weeds or grass is an issue, the Johnson Silver minnow weedless. Soft plastic shrimp tails like Berkley Gulps fished on jig heads or under a popping cork work well. Just this morning my buddy and I caught three big trout, all 20 plus inches, fishing on the CC Bay jetty near downtown. I caught one on a Johnson Sprite silver spoon, and he caught the other two on shrimp tail jigs, clear with copper sparkles and pink tail. It is nice that these spoons and soft plastics are not expensive compared to the high dollar plugs yet produce as good or better.