We could be launching into a lake on Mars for all that most Louisianans would know about this place. There was enough daylight at the ramp to reveal that every vehicle already on the lot carried Texas license plates.
But in Louisiana we were, at a small, no-frills boat launch set off the shoulder of Highway 82 where it crosses the lower end of Sabine Lake, the border lake between Louisiana and Texas.
Trolling crankbaits has exploded onto the crappie fishing scene in the last few years. And, while there is bit of a learning curve, the tactic can be highly productive in terms of filling the freezer with fillets.
Aggressive, abundant and readily available to those willing to enter the warm summer surf — speckled trout present the perfect wade-fishing target.
Heavy stringers of fat specks await along the beaches from the Cajun Riviera’s Holly Beach on the state’s southwestern coast to Grand Isle’s pristine sands, and eastward to the Chandeleur and Breton islands.
“And all my rowdy friends have settled down!” Artie yelled while making his grand entrance through the back door to Doc’s Shell Beach camp, which was strangely dark and quiet.
But Artie’s rendition of the famous Hank Williams Jr. song had nothing of Hank’s laid-back tone and low volume. Instead, Artie seemed hell-bent on using the famous tune to top the best bellows from Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Axl Rose, Bono — even AC/DC’s Brian Johnson!
The summer heat is on, and that means specks are patrolling the beaches in search of easy meals. Learn everything you need to know to build hefty stringers of trout.