95, Day 1
Catching Speckled Trout and Wearing TrekLite
NOTE: Mark Nichols, the president of DOA (Deadly On Anything) lures,
knows the Palm City area of Florida about 40 minutes north of West Palm
Beach on the Atlantic Ocean like the back of his hand. He's learned how
to take speckled trout, redfish, tarpon and snook. His tactics also will
produce these species anywhere you fish with his lures. This week we'll
look at how, where and why Nichols, one of the first anglers to bring
Mossy Oak into the saltwater arena, uses the techniques he does to catch
these inshore species. Nichols enjoys wearing Mossy Oak Apparel's TrekLite
shirts, pants and shorts for saltwater fishing. As Nichols says, "I'm
not wearing TrekLite clothes to hide from the fish. These clothes are
just lightweight, comfortable and cool, they dry fast and they define
me as an outdoorsman. What most hunters don't know is that TrekLite clothing
is appropriate for hunting and saltwater fishing."
Question: What's the biggest speckled trout you've
Answer: Last year, I caught a 34-inch 14-pound speckled trout on
a 3-1/2-inch, 1/4-ounce DOA Glow shrimp.
What's the best day of fishing you've ever had?
Nichols: During the spring of 2000, a partner and I caught 24 fish
that weighed over 7-pounds each in one day. The second day we went back
to the same spot and caught 24-more trout that were over 7-1/2-pounds
each. Those days were the most fantastic ones of trout fishing I've ever
Question: Where were you fishing?
Answer: We were fishing in the Fort Pierce, Florida, area, less
than 2 miles from where the world's-record speckled trout that weighed
over 17 pounds was caught.
Question: Where's your favorite area to fish?
Answer: I enjoy fishing the south end of the Indian River Lagoon,
which is 40-miles north of West Palm Beach and south of Fort Pierce, Florida.
Question: Why are there so many big trout in this
section of Florida?
Answer: This part of Florida has warm water from the ocean's pumping
warm water into these bays, lagoons and rivers for 12 months of the year.
These inshore fish don't become lethargic like they do in colder climates
and stop feeding. Our fish in this region can feed for 12 months out of
How do you fish the DOA Glow shrimp, a rubber shrimp, to catch these
Answer: I tell people to fish this artificial shrimp the same way
they do a live shrimp. Cast the bait out. Just keep enough tension in
the line to feel the bait as it moves along the bottom with the current.
I fish this bait on braided, non-stretch line. I can twitch my rod tip,
and the shrimp will hop on the bottom when I twitch this line because
the line doesn't have a bow in it. Since the DOA rubber shrimp has a lead
in its belly, the lead causes the shrimp to drop straight down instead
of head-first like most other lures do and present a natural-looking shrimp
to the fish.
Question: What colors of the DOA rubber shrimp
do you prefer?
Answer: Without question, my favorite color is Glow-in-the-Dark, which
is color #305 -- a kind of creme color. This bait is extremely productive
in crystal-clear water in the middle of the day and will catch any fish
that swims. I've even used this shrimp to sight fish for bonefish in crystal-clear
What line are you using?
Answer: If I'm fishing braided line, I prefer to fish with Power
Pro Braid with a breaking strength of 10 pounds because you can cast this
line very long distances on spinning reels. But on the longest point of
your cast, if you get a bite from a 12-inch trout, you can set the hook
and catch the fish.
Question: Mark, you field-tested Mossy Oak Apparel's
TrekLite clothing while wade fishing in salt water. What did you think
about it in the saltwater environment?
Answer: I thought wearing camouflage while fishing in saltwater
would be goofy, but I learned that TrekLite was very comfortable and very
well-made. I fished in it all day long and found out it dried quickly
and kept me cool. I particularly liked the shorts with the liner. I think
that salt water fishermen are missing a good thing if they don't suit
up with TrekLite.
For more information on DOA lures, call (877) DOA-LURE
(362-5873), or visit the website at www.doalures.com.
To learn more about Mossy Oak Apparel's TrekLite clothing for hunting
and fishing, go to www.mossyoak.com.
TOMORROW: Fishing For Tarpon