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#11643297 - 06/02/16 05:12 PM speckled trout
jimritcholds481 Offline

Registered: 03/03/15
Posts: 66
A couple of years ago a buddy and I made a week long fishing trip down at redfish bay and laguna madre. Was one of my first trips fishing at the coast so every fish i caught was an experience. I have been seeing multiple pics of speckled trout that are anywhere from 15-20 inches long. This made me wonder about a particular catch of my own, i caught a 32.5" trout and would really like to know if its really that rare. Is it mount worthy? I am by no means bragging about my trip just trying to find out if its worth paying for the replica mount. Any input would be appreciated. Also, if and when i make a return trip should i expect anything like that again?

#11643345 - 06/02/16 05:48 PM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
cz tim Offline

Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 37
Loc: Waco, TX
A 30"+ speckled trout has been my goal for approximately 40 years. I've fished for specks from Port O'Connor to Port Mansfield and to date, a 28 incher has been my best. I'll be trying again next week!

#11644425 - 06/03/16 08:14 AM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 1079
Loc: Rockport, Texas
The beauty is in the eye of the beholder as far as what is worthy of being mountable. To one kid or man it could be 27" ... to another it could 30".

Also mounts with multiple big fish in them make for some awesome displays.

#11646071 - 06/03/16 08:52 PM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
FishWrangler2 Online   content

Registered: 03/31/16
Posts: 130
While Grinder makes a fair point, to be frank, that's a trophy fish. As alluded to, anything over 30 is wall worthy. I caught a 29.5 and didn't blink in deciding to mount it. Cool story too as I caught it on the fly. Needless to say, I can pretty much guarantee the fiberglass mount I have is the best trout mount you've ever seen. Trout in general are very difficult to mount and get the iridescence right. Marine Creations is the name of the taxidermist. Based out of Florida and maybe a bit pricey but well worth it!

Mine is the first one in the trout gallery:

#11646658 - 06/04/16 08:38 AM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
Fishspanker Offline
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Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 7342
Loc: Island of Jeff (Humble)
32.5 is a rare fish. Lots will fish a long time and not catch one that size. Lower coast is them best place.

No you should not expect it again. It might happen however.
A Nation of Sheep will soon have a government of Wolves.

#11646869 - 06/04/16 10:36 AM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
Beltonbanger® Online   shocked
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Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 2600
Loc: Temple,Tx,USA

I've done a few.

#11647614 - 06/04/16 08:30 PM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 519
Loc: Brazoria County
Big rare fish, a 32.5". My BIL caught a 31" on a croaker in Baffin and he didn't even care (might have been one of the few fish he every caught) . Was a work related guided trip. He got it mounted and gave it to someone. I'm not sure what I would do if I got a 30" fish. Still trying.

#11647876 - 06/04/16 10:31 PM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
eyeball Offline

Registered: 04/24/12
Posts: 184
Freaking unreal trophy of a lifetime. Where, guide?
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish, he will sit in a boat all day and drink beer.

#11647954 - 06/04/16 11:19 PM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
Bayou Burner Online   content
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Registered: 07/26/08
Posts: 3586
Loc: Chocolate Bayou/Lake Conroe
Get a replica mount, as suggested. Last way longer than a real one.
"Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway."

John Wayne

#11652042 - 06/07/16 10:45 AM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
jimritcholds481 Offline

Registered: 03/03/15
Posts: 66
no Eyeball, it was a spring break trip a buddy and i went on, we pulled his boat down there and fished all week. That day we went out of laguna madre, early march, caught her on a pink back jerk bait fishing the same technique as i would for bass. Do y'all have any taxidermists around the DFW/North tx area that y'all recommend?

#11653578 - 06/07/16 09:55 PM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
TimL Offline

Registered: 09/18/09
Posts: 71
Loc: Corpus Christi, TX
I have lived on the coast for a big part of my 61 yrs and my largest trout is 29". That one you caught was a true monster.

#11654275 - 06/08/16 10:41 AM Re: speckled trout [Re: jimritcholds481]
Marty Ley Offline

Registered: 03/26/07
Posts: 86
Loc: Santa Fe, TX
My biggest was a 29.5. I was 20yrs old, 1984. Had I known then what I know now that fish would be on my wall. Any fish over, or near, that 30 inch mark is a true trophy fish.


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