“I could wadefish and have my boat follow behind me.”
This is a common question that, in due time, will become age old. Which prop should you run, steel or aluminum?
T-Tops. Either you hate them or you love them. I’m partial. Yes, I know that flies in the face of what I just said. But, hey! I’m different and tend to walk down the unbeaten path.
This redfish fell for a Gulp Shrimp, but not like the trout in this article did!
I’m not an artificial or live bait only kinda guy. I use whatever gets the most fish in the boat in the most efficient manner possible. This simply means I have no allegiances and that I am willing to try anything. Every now and then, there comes a bait that will stand out from the rest.
What would a Louisiana man drink, anyways?
Your fishing reel probably sucks. It casts awfully, is slippery and has a crappy drag. Worst of all, it is probably an asspain to maintain. It corrodes, is ugly and can’t be depended on for worst-case scenarios. Take a minute to learn what works best for Captain Devin.
FYI, today is Cinco de Mayo. I love Mexican food! Ok, anyways. Forgive my digression and let’s get on with my spiel about PowerPro fishing line.
I wrote this article as a product review for ProGuide Direct.
A while ago I discovered something that has radically changed my Louisiana fishing experience. More like it was referred to me, but not just by anybody, either. Having just parked my truck, I walked into the Breton Sound Marina store across the street. After saying “Good Morning” to Mrs. Karen I heard someone by the shelves talking about getting bug spray. Without missing a beat, Mrs. Karen piped in and recommended a product that they had on display. She claimed it was the best bug repellent they had yet. Now that caught my ears. A lot of people tout their products as being the best in keeping those awful gnats and other insects away. You know what I’m talking about: differing amounts of DEET, special formulas, fragrance and even complete suits! Sometimes you’d be going down the bayou and see someone donning one of these and wonder if there was a HAZMAT spill. But then Mrs. Karen said something else that caught my attention. She said that even the infamous Glenn Sanchez recommended it. Is that my wallet in my hand? What she had was in fact Avon Skin So Soft with BugGuard Plus and SPF 30 Skin Lotion. However, I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon. I gotta try something out first before I can pass judgment. So, like any good patron of Breton Sound Marina, I bought a bottle!
Now, I bought this at the height of the gnat season, when the weather is warm enough for them to flourish and you catch yourself fishing on the inside for speckled trout for the fall pattern. Mere five knot winds were predicted. The stage was set for a perfect day to try out this product. I lathered a good bit of the Skin So Soft onto my exposed arms, face and neck before setting off down Bayou LaLoutre.
It wasn’t long before I pulled up to my first fishing spot, cast a line and immediately started to put nice-sized speckled trout into the boat. But in short order, the trout were not the only thing biting. Redfish? Nope. Sheephead? Nope. Gnats? NOPE! A big smile? YES! I couldn’t believe it. Yes, they were flying around me, but they were not biting me! This stuff worked better than Victoria’s Secret fragrance, baby oil or even regular Skin So Soft. Plus I didn’t smell of insect repellant like Off! or similar name brands. I was ecstatic! I did find that you occasionally need to re-apply. No worries there! I enjoyed a few more trout before moving on to find more fishing spots for the charter I had the next day. But what I caught for my customers would prove to be just as great a catch as any limit of fish: peace of mind from bug bites and irritation. It’s all about the experience, and this product is going to help me deliver a better experience for my customers. It’s about the adventure, not the charter!
Look, plastics are plastics, to one degree or another. I buy Matrix Shads for two reasons: because they are made by a small business local to Louisiana and I have caught fish on them. With that said, I don’t think fish particularly care for name brands so much as they do presentation and if they are actually biting or not. It should be noted that I am not sponsored by Dockside or Matrix Shads, though it would be nice to get some free packs every now and then.
A couple months ago I went to Gus’s Tackle and Nets in Slidell to pick up some tackle. Something I was looking for in particular was the Dockside Matrix Shads in Lemon Drop. Loudafish of Rodnreel.com brought these out on a previous trip. What I like about them is that they have good action, like a Hybrid Flurry, but unlike a Flurry are TOUGH. The best thing about them is that they are made right here in southeast Louisiana, and not Honduras, Haiti or China. Pair this with a Fishin Fever jighead (sold in singles or bulk from Gus’s, too) and you are throwing an all-Louisiana rig. The hooks on the Fishin’ Fever jigheads are stronger and sharper. Ribs are built into the jighead that keep a super strong hold onto whatever plastic you are using. Earlier this summer I got into a pile of bullreds and caught them on these jigheads one after the other. They did not straighten out at all!
I really liked how vibrant the Lemon Drop color was on these MATRIX Shads. They’re not faded at all. I will be fishing with them tomorrow side-by-side with other plastics. If they performed like they did before, I will phase out my Flurries (fish destroy them) and H&H (made in China), replacing them with Dockside plastics.
I believe it is not only fishing skill and knowledge that help boat more trout and redfish, but the little things that contribute that extra 1%. Combine all those small techniques and items, and you will find yourself putting 25% more fish in the boat. Makes sense, right?