Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to soak up Mother Nature’s best. It is muy bueno to be casting and winding to your heart’s content. It feels good, and catching fish could be considered some good lagniappe. C’est bon!
Catching a double-digit bass is quite an accomplishment. Turning that trick locally is even mo better! Local angler Brett Griffith broke the 10-pound barrier recently, scoring a 10-pound, 6-ounce hawg from old reliable Lacassine Reserve. This awesome fishery is famous for big marsh hawgs in a beautiful shallow water marsh impoundment.
Brett had already caught and released an 8-pounder when the plus-10-pounder rocked his world. A double digit fish in “skinny” water is about as good as fishing gets. This is the essence of catch and release.
Rob Prejean has got them figured out. He’s experienced great success catching monster white perch. A giant crappie is a sight to behold. It takes quite a slab of fish to break the 2-pound barrier.
Rob has scored multiple crappie that shattered the mark in both white and black species. They are giants that are lit up in beautiful iridescent colors. They look even better in the skillet or frying pan. They make a gourmet meal of fresh and succulent pure protein. It gets no better.
It’s prime time for saltwater fishing action to get real right. When the rains back off, and the salinity levels rise, speckled trout and redfish activity should get hot.
Derrick Hayes made the short trip from Houston to La Porte, Texas, in search of trophy trout. He was very successful in his quest, landing a giant speckled trout that was 28 inches long and weighed in at over 9 pounds. That’s a hog sow trout!
When the trout bite isn’t on, beaucoup redfish are ready and waiting to pick up the slack. Hooking up with a redfish is always a great adventure. They’re great fighters with no give-up. It just can’t get any better than aggressive reds in a schooling frenzy. They call them bulls for a reason.
Josh Harley made the trip east from Texas and was inbound for Choupique Bayou. He and his fishing buds got into the middle of a school of reds, and this trip got turned on. There were double hook-ups on bull reds in the 30-inch zone. It’s trips like this that keep us coming back for more.
If you haven’t experienced redfish on the grill, go for it. Just leave the skin on and don’t overcook. A healthy dose of lemon and butter, and you’re good to go!
Last but not least is a super trip to Lake Vernon. Skyler Merriman didn’t have to travel far from his home in Leesville. This stump-filled lake has produced some great bass in its day. Getting them in the boat can be problematic, with the number of stumps and stick-ups.
Skyler reared back and the fight was on. He played the fish down, working his way through the timber. He managed to lip the Vernon hawg. The fish weighted in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces.
Don’t be caught wishing you were fishing!