Lake PIckwick Triple Trout fishing
Bob Wood and a nice Lake Pickwick smallmouth on the 6" Triple Trout, chartruese shad. Tournament swimbait and small and spotted bass killer

Each Triple Trout has its own unique features, strengths, and intricacies that can be hard to qualify for you.    I work to find harmony and rhythm with my baits.  The 6” Triple Trout is always on on my mind and front deck when I’m targeting smallmouth or spotted bass, especially when tournament fishing is involved.   The 6” Triple Trout catches largemouths, no doubt about it, but it’s size and profile make it a standout with smallmouth in particular, but also spotted beasts.

ozark triple trout fishing
Chad and Banning, my pals in North Arkansas, getting it done with the 6" Triple Trout. The six inch Triple Trout is a good 'starter' bait for guys who aren't conditioned for throwing the bigbaits, yet.

Smallmouth tend to like smaller profile baits, not always, but when in Rome (ie, a place like Champlain or Erie or Pickwick when you are focused on catching a trophy smallmouth)  , throw a 6” Triple Trout, and see what happens.   There has been a lot of 6” Triple Trout trail blazing by the BigBait Possee crew on Arizona’s Lake Havasu and friends of mine like Cameron Smith on the Columbia River on Western smallies.  Smallmouth candy bars, the 6” Triple Trout be.   The 6” Triple Trout has all the goodness of the other larger Triple Trouts, so it has good fluid ‘s’ swim and vibration and thump, but it can be a ‘sportcar’ too.

The SportsCar:

What I’m getting at, is the 6” Triple Trout is a high performance bigbait.  When I talk about the Triple Trout blending with a jerk bait, the 6” Triple Trout is like a Triple Trout blending with a Gunfish or Vixen, meaning a bait you can virtually any way you want and make it look good, and the better you get with the bait, the more control you have. It’s your ability to control the bait that really sets the Triple Trout guys apart from the rest.   The 6” Triple Trout throws Kelly Slater style cutbacks, turns and power.  The bait fishes incredibly fast if that’s what you want. I like to burn it for a split second or quick 2 foot section, then stall it, then burn it again for 2 feet and stall, twitch, jerk, pause and burn.

6 inch triple trout
Sports Car, the 6" Triple Trout coupled with a 400 TE reel is power fishing a swimbait, tournament style. Bone white, a favorite color the world over

The 6” Triple Trout has the tightest ‘s’ swim of the full sized standard Triple Trouts.    The tightness equates to a tighter wavelength and vibration which makes it more a tournament swimbait than a lake or state record breaking swimbait.   The tightness also equates to ability to cut thru the water.   So, when faced with current, the 6” Triple Trout cuts water better than the 7/8/10” versions.  You can control the 6” and just fish it absolutely fast tournament pace and be very effective.  Power fishing a swimbait.

Gear for the 6″ Triple Trout:

Rod: G-Loomis 964
ReelShimano Curado 300  or Shimano Calcutta 300 TE or  Shimano Calcutta 400 TE
LineP-line CXX Xtra Strong, Moss Green, 25 Pound
HooksOwner ST-56 Stinger Treble Hooks,  #2 front and back
Split Rings:  Owner Hyper Wires, #5s front and back

Strengths:  Tournament swimbait.  Smallmouth swimbait. Spotted bass swimbait.  Largemouth swimbait, just not the double digit kind, most likely.   Very fast and aggressive and performance swimbait.  Highly stall-able.  Highly burnable. Sharp bouncing switch & cutbacks.   Power fishing on tournament day is what I think about the 6” Triple trout.  And for hunting trophy smallies and spotted bass, make no mistake this bait gets a lot of 3-6 pound range fish which makes it candy for the trophy spotted or small mouthed basses.

owner treble hooks for triple trout
The ST-56 Owner Stinger Trebles are 3X strong and an excellent choice when you need small size 2 or 4 treble hooks, and are fishing swimbaits where you don't want to bend out hooks with the rods and reels you are fishing.

Ideal conditions:  The cooling water of Fall.  Fish chasing on better than average sized threadfin shad.   Fish who eat yellow perch.  Fish who eat blueback herring.  Fish who eat jerkbaits and topwaters in warm water conditions.  Fishing that involves current and/or moving water.