Catch and cook: Raking in fish for a holiday feast

If fried turkey is getting old, maybe go with fried fish this Christmas

Anyone can bake a Butterball for the holidays, but in my house every year, the guests are treated to fresh, fried fish. It’s a tradition!

In this video, me — Marsh Man Masson — and my son Joel set out in search of fish to feed the family, and wound up catching enough speckled trout and marsh bass to feed an army.

The hot technique for the day was a hoely joely-colored Matrix Shad (clear with blue, green and silver flakes) threaded on a 3/8-ounce jighead and dropped down deep-water ledges. The specks weren’t the biggest in the Louisiana marsh, but long, fat fish aren’t the best to eat anyway.

The bass wanted watermelon-colored Zoom U-Tail worms on 4/0 wide-gap Gamakatsu hooks. Sharp hooks were essential because the fish were hesitant to feed in the ultra-clear water — most bites were probes rather than full-on committals.

Like the specks, the bass wouldn’t have won any tournaments, but they were just the right size to carry corn meal and fry up extra-crispy.

Do your holiday traditions involve the outdoors? Does something from our woods or waters grace your table and please your guests? With Christmas and New Year’s Eve right around the corner, we want to hear about the outdoor themes of the holidays in your house.

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Todd Masson has covered outdoors in Louisiana for a quarter century, and is host of the Marsh Man Masson channel on YouTube.

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