The weather looked lousy as Creighton Ward, part owner and first captain of Southern Exposure Inland Fishing Charters, launched his boat from an obscure launch just north of the old Buras Auditorium into the Mississippi River.
It was overcast, threatening rain and worst of all the wind was honking.
As the sun started to make its appearance over the horizon, Larry Frey’s monofilament was already stretching on the first speckled trout of the day. He landed the fish and began working on filling out his limit, which he did.
It’s like girls night out for new mama bass and dads are watching the kids. That’s basically the deal with a popular spring pattern we know as “fry guarders” — male bass round up recently hatched babies (fry) and keep constant watch for a host of predators from bluegill, to crappie to other bass.
No matter how long or rough the road, how far back off the beaten path or how tough the waters may be to navigate, the determination of fishermen is a perfect example of the old American phrase, “come Hell or high water.”
May signals the beginning of the Toledo Bend slab-a-thon celebration.
Bass angling pursuits have somewhat diminished because the fish are postspawn, and many anglers now turn to fishing deep for the sweet slab fillets found on Louisiana’s state fish, the white perch (aka crappie and sac-a-lait).
When the trout aren’t cooperating, you might just need on stay on the big motor and cover more water.Photo courtesy Joel Masson.