Inshore Fishing in Louisiana
My New Trout Catching Rig
Last week I spent a day scouting different areas of Delacroix, of course I ran into shrimp getting hammered by Trout. I had two poles on the bow with me, one rigged with a Matrix Shad under cork and a Top Dog Jr. When I cast the Matrix Shad the Trout would hit my cork, when I cast the Top Dog Jr. I was getting very few hits and certainly missing the Trout below it so I figured out a way to fish both.
I tied a Matrix Shad with a 24' leader to the back of my topwater baits. Now I had a tandem rig which I love, am covering two water columns, and had a cork with hooks so to speak. It took a learning curve to get used to rigging and casting it but it did fish and catch like a dream, I did catch some doubles with it too. Later in the day I rigged a longer leader to trail the bottom with good results.
Tie the leader to the loop coming out of the topwater bait not to the snap ring holding the hook. Cast it with a swing so the lighter trailer doesn't tangle with the topwater bait. Also 1/8 or lighter hook on the trailer allows the topwater to perform better. The TKO shrimp is light, it performed very well in this setup, also plastics with a bare hook. I was considering changing the tail hook on the topwater to a single hook but it's hard enough to keep the Trout hooked with the treble hook so I haven't attempted that yet. Definitely a fun rig which keeps a topwater working the water, worst case scenario I may save some money in corks. Give it a try!