In our ongoing series of the favorite fish in the our area, today we're going to look at the most popular of all the species to near shore light tackle anglers: speckled trout. Speckled trout is the most abundant fish in our area. You can catch these angling favorites everywhere from Back Bay, to Front Beach, to the Barrier Islands. Sometimes, they can be very selective about what lure they will hit on a particular day. The lure that has produced the best for me (Barry Foster) on a consistent basis is a soft, plastic suspended, about 18 to 20 inches under a cork. My favorite colors of soft plastic are chartreuse and silver metal flake. When they get into large schools and begin feeding, they can attack lures with a vengeance. This is when I will switch to a top water lure. The best way to find fish feeding aggressively on the surface is to watch for birds feeding on the water. The trout will attack these bait fish from below, pushing them to the surface, making them easy targets for birds attacking from above. When you see this going on, you know fish are in the area and that they are feeding. Most of us speckled trout anglers fish in Mississippi and Louisiana waters, often in the same day. It's important to remember that size and limit regulations differ between each state, so always make sure you are properly licensed for the area you are fishing in and that you are following the regulations for that area.