Today we are checking out Fred’s third instalment of attempting to catch those elusive Coastal Sea Trout. However, we’re also going to talk about “luck” and how a lot of anglers seem to believe in superstitions. A lot of anglers have a ritual they do before they go fishing. Some splash the water with a small dram of whisky, hanging items from rod rests as good luck charms or making sure no banana's make it onboard a boat. Other anglers even go as far as tattooing their bodies with fish or hooks to show the “Fishing Gods” they are worthy. In this episode of OnTheHook Fishing, Fred decides that having a tattoo of a Sea Trout is exactly what is needed to allow him to catch one and he proves it.
Realistically, it all comes down to preparation and some may argue that all these “rituals” are simply just anglers preparing for a day out fishing. Sharpening hooks, setting up lures, looking out the spare parts in case of breakages, arriving at your fishing spot regardless of conditions and making sure the lunch is hearty. It doesn’t matter if what you do is deemed superstitious; the main thing here is that you are out there, soaking up nature and enjoying a sport that brings so much joy to so many people. Though, some of us do believe that if you have a bad lunch, the rest of the day is ruined, but that’s just us!
Izaak Walton - Compleat Angler 1653
Top 10 recommended coastal Sea Trout flies
If you are ever out on the coast targeting coastal Sea Trout, here's a list of patterns we'd recommend you have in your Fly Box.
- Baitfish imitations - Bass Streamers & Sparkle Minnows
- Sandeel imitations - Softy Sandeel, Surf Candy & Clouser Minnow
- Shrimp imitations - Pattegrisen, Pink or Brown Shrimp
- Traditionals - Teal Blue & Silver and Bloody Butcher - Anything that features a blood red, teal blue or silvery appearance will generally work well.
- Bonus: Orange Fritz Trout Lures will work sometimes!