Clint Ward dropped his 1/32nd ounce jig into the water. Attached to it was a multi-colored curly tail plastic, tipped with a little piece of Berkley Gulp Earthworm the size of a small snow pea added for enticement. Nowhere in his rigging was a float. What’s more, the lack of a cork gave me pause mainly because I was accustomed to using one where panfish are concerned.
Most rational people don’t swat a fly with a sledgehammer, but the equivalent of such overkill happens every day. On the water, the sledgehammer is the rod and the fly is either a speckled trout, bass or redfish.
Logan Mount moves his boat down the thick patches of Zizania grass lining the Cane River bank in Natchitoches as if he’s piloting a John Deere combine harvesting summer grain. But he isn’t harvesting wild rice. He’s taking advantage of the summer to reap a crop of largemouth bass.
When calm days allow easy runs throughout the Delta’s nearshore rig, anglers in skiffs and bay boats will find a wide array of light-tackle action on structures of various size and design. More than a day-saver, or last-ditch option, Capt. Billy Wallbaum of Boothville’s Paradise Plus Guide Service views these towering structures as downright priorities. In fact, some of his business is summer-rig driven.
When Brian Evans left Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras around 6:30 a.m., he knew he’d spend about 10 hours in the Gulf of Mexico. He probably didn’t expect to spend 15 percent of that time fighting a single yellowfin tuna — one that went 110 pounds.
Nearshore rigs provide a cornucopia of fish in the summer months. See page 37 for how to make the most of them.