Sack full of sac-a-laits caught in Salvador

By Bruce McDonald

March 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Hubert "Doc" Cazentre with one of 38 sac-a-laits caught in a dead-end canal in the Lake Salvador Management Area on a red/white/chartreuse mini jig under a cork.
After spending much of this spring battling the elements, last week turned out to be a good week to fish.

On Wednesday, Hubert "Doc" Cazentre and I fished the Lake Salvador Management Area for sac-a-laits and bass. The previous weekend, we had caught good sac-a-laits on red/white/chartreuse mini-jigs under a cork 14 to 18 inches deep.†

We had found good banks with stumps, downed treetops and good dead-end canals with plenty of grass beds. The water temperature had risen to 61 degrees as we launched out of Pier 90 around 8:30 a.m. and headed south in a dense fog.†

Following the banks of Bayou Verret (Sellers Canal to some) to the mouth of Lake Cataouatche, the lake was completely fogged in. We could only see 100 to 200 yards ahead of our boat, so† I headed in the direction of Bayou Couba hoping to reach the south shoreline.

Within 10 minutes we arrived on what was to be the Umbrella Tree Canal bank.† I recognized a couple of pilings and realize we crossed Lake Cataouatche and went into Bayou Couba.†

I rounded the point and went into the Gulf Canal of the Management Area.† We followed the Gulf Canal into what is called the fence. We started fishing on the western side of the banks and began picking up sac-a-laits and the occasional bass. Doc and I were excited to be fishing on a light wind, overcast morning, with clear water.† We came upon a spot that had a white PVC pipe stuck in the mud close to the edge of the marsh.† Doc made a cast and as soon as the bait settled in the water, his cork went out of sight.

As Doc reeled in a 12-inch sac-a-lait, I made a cast and immediately repeated Doc's cast.†

We stayed by the white pole and picked up 12 good fish, but as fast as it turned on, it turned off.† So, we kept fishing along the banks and occasionally picking bass and sac-a-laits.

"People are working right now, only wishing they could be fishing!" Doc said.† I also told him that we were lucky to be fishing after crossing Lake Cataouatche without a GPS in the fog.

We could see grass beds 10 yards off the banks and fish between the gaps and caught sac-a-laits.††

Around 1 p.m., the fog had lifted and we had enough.† We headed back to the launch with 38 sac-a-laits and bass.

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