Catching Is Never A Given
Last updated 6/23/2020 at 12:47pm
One day this past week we caught some very solid trout on one specific
lure and they would not hit anything else.That has seldom if ever been
my experience when trying to dupe saltwater fish with a piece of plastic.
When I decided to switch gears and guide on Sabine Lake rather than
Toledo Bend, I foolishly believed that my investment in everything from
boat to tackle would be far less.In looking back to 1982, that
assumption was reasonably accurate at the time.
I would no longer need to carry a dozen rods, eight tackle boxes and
dozens of plastic bags filled with everything from crankbaits to soft
plastics in a plethora of colors. Bay boats were far cheaper than the
bass boat I was running and even troll motors and depth finders were
more of a luxury than a necessity.
Because redfish, trout and flounder are not nearly as aggressive or even
as curious for that matter, there would be no need to fill every storage
compartment with lures.As matter of fact, if you had a few spoons and
plastic grubs in white-pink tail, chartreuse and a dark color of
choice….you were adequately equipped.
Before I could even buy my first bay boat, however, saltwater fishing
was starting to evolve.Local bass fishermen frustrated by a tough bite
on Rayburn that was yielding only small fish and higher gas prices,
opted to stay home and test local waters.
Virtually overnight, drifting the Causeway reefs in Sabine Lake for
larger trout caught fire and converted bass fishermen introduced the
plastic worm as a better way exploit the deep shell.That instantly
translated to more colors and different lengths.Some innovative angler
soon discovered that trout would occasionally fall for the same topwater
lures and crankbaits that the bass liked and I suddenly found myself
back digging through my bass tackle as much as ever before!
There is no doubt that a serious bass fisherman has to carry a broader
array of tackle to consistently catch fish for several reasons. Most
importantly of all, he or she is dealing with a fish that does not
depend on tide changes or the migration of a specific food source to
investigate a fake meal.
Every rod is a tool designed to best exploit a specific technique and
lures are designed to more closely mimic the actions of a certain bait
fish.Lure size, color, and design are all critical factors.
Thankfully, the three saltwater fish we pursue the most are not that
picky when the feeding bell goes off.At least that has been my
experience until the trip last week.
I don’t think it is a reach to guesstimate, however, that eighty percent
of the lures and different colors I carry are carried out of
self-defense. It is the kiss of death to be relegated to spectator
status while anglers a short distance away catch fish after fish on a
color or lure you don’t have on board!
In this instance it was a crankbait that proved to be a game changer.We
were determined to stay in one small area based on a report from the
previous day, but our morning consisted of nothing but wasted casts.
Enter a Sexy Shad crankbait that would dive between ten and twelve feet
on twelve pound monofilament.I had already tried everything from Traps
to Swimming Images when Darwin dug out the deep diving crankbait.
After we quickly boxed two limits of trout in the two to three pound
class, we tried other lures just to see if the fish were really that
Over the next hour or so we would occasionally pick the crankbait back
up and they continued to hit it when they would hit nothing else.I don’t
know if it was the depth, color, size or all three, but we continued to
catch fish on that one lure.
Once again, I spent most of the afternoon robbing a tackle box full of
“just the right” crankbaits.Tomorrow they’ll want a plastic tail!
The Upper Coast Kayak Anglers will host the first of a series of Kayak
tournaments out of the S.A.L.T. Club this Saturday.
This is a single redfish event, but that one redfish could prove to be
very valuable.Not only will the winning fish possibly qualify for any
one of several different categories, but it will also earn some angler a
good start for angler of the year.The AOY will win a Hobie Kayak, H&H
rod and reel combination and a Yeti Hard Haul cooler.
For more information contact Brent Louviere at 409-550-6363.