Thanksgiving speckled trout

By Jill Toler

North Carolina

What do you get when you put a Sunshine W700 on a local creek, add a Dubiel Pop-N-Fly, a 7 wt TFO BVK fly rod, some Rio floating fly line spooled on a Lamson Guru 3.0, and a 20 minute paddle to just the right spot… a fat, sassy 18″ speckled trout.

What a trip. I went to the infamous Northwest Creek with a similar plan that I have unsuccessfully executed on four previous occasions. Fortunately, trip number 5 turned out a lot better.

I paddled into the wind to get to a point that I was hoping would be holding some fish, and cast the Dubiel Pop-n-Fly toward the reeds and grass. Pop, pop, pause, pop, pause, pop, pop, pause; over and over again while drifting and trying not to be overrun by the trolling motor brigade. I decided to make a move and fish between some docks that had some very unhappy bait flicking around. Cast, pop, pop, pause…FISH ON! Went on a little sleigh ride before I was able to gain control and scoop her up. Best feeling ever!

It’s been way too long since I have enjoyed my Wavewalk and I am very thankful for a little break and a great trip.


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7 thoughts on “Thanksgiving speckled trout”

  1. Thanks Jill,

    Beautiful fish! Congratulations!
    Looks tasty too 🙂


  2. Fine fish, Jill,

    This year, we had lobster tails and stone crab claws for Thanksgiving dinner. Baked Speckled Trout might trump turkey, too.

    I am glad you and Chris are showing how the W700 is a superior paddle and stealth vessel that has a niche distinctly different from the S4.

    The fish have to feed for the winter. Now, is the time to enjoy the fishing and the fall colors.

    Larry J.

  3. Tuna is sometimes called Chicken of the Sea, but I’ve never heard of Turkey of the Sea 😀

  4. Congrats on a great day, and a yummy dinner.

    Hope to see more from all the Wavewalk owners down south.

    The ice will be coming soon, yaks will be put away for winter, and praying for spring.

    Tight lines and MoPaddle Safe all.

  5. Yep, it’s nice to see green trees, open water and fish when the world around you is white and gray…

  6. Jill Toler says:

    Thank you Rox, and you are more than welcome to come down to North Carolina and fish with me. I hope to get out tomorrow, since the temps will be in the low 60s, to fish that same creek and hopefully catch another speck.

  7. Low 60 sounds really warm.
    Last night we had 22 here in E MA 🙁

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