Sunday’s Reel Report discussed March fishing and the fact that this is one of the best months to hook into that trout of a lifetime. Anglers experienced at catching those big sow trout know when to hit the water, where to go and what techniques and baits work best.

Most agree that the best time is during an incoming tide and late in the day. An outgoing tide works fine and again the best time of day is late in the afternoon.

Wade fishing with an assortment of mullet imitation baits and slow-sinking baits, such as the old Corkie or Paul Brown Original, is the preferred method and baits, as it is the quietest way to fish.

Big trout do not get that size without having avoided the hook for years.

Both East and West Bays tend to be the choice of the pros. During the winter and early spring when the water still is relatively cool, trout of all sizes will head to the shallows for feeding. One reason late in the day is best is that is when the big sow trout feel most comfortable venturing into the shallows.

The limited amount of light works in their favor both for finding bait fish and crustaceans and for avoiding predators including anglers.

Avoid noise at all cost. While young fish might not spook as easily, the older and larger specks are going to react much quicker to foreign sound.

Casting as far as possible is one of the key techniques for success. While natural baits such as live mullet and other fin fish work fine, most of the heavy weights are caught on artificials.

Slow moving baits work the best. In recent years, top waters have become popular baits especially close to dusk.

Much, much more can be written on this subject; however, the pointers mentioned should go a long way toward getting you started.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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