Stick with basic baits under pressure

One might think that changing lures would be a good way to counteract fishing pressure at Calcasieu Lake. However, Jeff Poe’s son Capt. Nick Poe says that he and his dad tend to stick with whatever they have confidence in no matter how many boats are fishing around them.

“We’ve got our baits and we stick with them,” said Poe. “In May, it’s topwaters and plastics. And we don’t change much from Spooks, She Dogs and Skitter Walks on the surface and Sand Eels or Little Johns when we go to plastics.”

Poe felt the Little John might be the best plastic choice this year because of the possibility of Big Lake having a little bit dirtier water than normal.

“It may be more effective because it has some scent in it,” Poe said. “And it’s also got a shaking, quivering and darting action that might help fish home in on it better in dirty water.”

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Chris Ginn has been covering hunting and fishing in Louisiana since 1998. He lives with his wife Jennifer and children Matthew and Rebecca along the Bogue Chitto River in rural Washington Parish. His blog can be found at

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