You want sac-a-lait? I'll give you some!
"Da king of sac-a-lait" Earl Simoneaux with sac-a-lait from Lake Cataouatche.
The rise in temperature forces fish to go deeper, hide under structure, or find cover. Deep holes in Bayou Des Allemands, wellheads in Bayou Gauche, or big grass beds in Lake Cataouatche have produced good catches of sac-a-lait.
Recently, I made a trip to Bayou Gauche with Hunter. We fished the old Amerada Hess oil field canals on the southwest side of Bayou Gauche. Many of the wellheads produced sac-a-lait.
Hunter had fished with a friend the week before and caught 30 nice sac-a-lait. They were using mini-jigs. The color of choice was the red/white/chartreuse, black/chartreuse/ and blue/white.
On our trip, my son used the red/white/chartreuse and I used the black/red/chartreuse. We managed to catch numerous sac-a-lait but only kept six goods ones. We threw back several 4 to 5-inch fish.
The bream also like the mini-jig 18 inches under a cork. The catch for the day included four big catfish, six sac-a-lait, and eight bream. We didn't mind throwing fish back because of the cleaning factor. We found wellheads, over hanging willow tress in dead end canals, or large grass beds on points to catch our fish.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to fish with the "king of the sac-a-lait,” Earl Simoneaux. Earl is a retired St. Charles Parish school teacher. On occasions, we have the chance to fish together. We met at Pier 90 one morning around 9:30 a.m. We were headed to the Gulf Canal in the lake Salvador Management Area.
On the way out, we decided to stop at the first cut on the north side of Lake Cataouatche. Fishing with a Carolina rig and #4 hook, we baited up with earthworms. I had checked the Davis Pond Diversion water flow before I left. It was flowing at 7,600 cubic-feet-per-second.
We fished for a couple of hours and caught 30 keeper catfish. We noticed a group of four boats in the middle of the lake. They had been fishing for a long time in one location, so, we cranked-up and went to investigate the spot.
Without getting close, I asked; "Anyone catching anything?" One of the fisherman replied; "Yeah, a couple of sac-a-lait on mini jigs!"
I dropped the trolling motor and began throwing the red/white/chartreuse under a small cork 18 inches down.
Earl did like wise. Within 30 minutes we picked up four large sac-a-lait along the grass line in the middle of Lake Cataouatche. The grass line extends from the boat run leading to the La. Cypress Canal to the middle of the lake.
With the afternoon sun shining, we fished the western end of the grass beds towards the Tank Ponds.
This allows a show side along the grass line.
During the afternoon, we managed to catch 12 big sac-a-lait. Just before we called it a day, Earl yelled out, "I've got something big!"
He hooked a large catfish, 7 to 8 pounds.
He was using 6 pounds test monofilament line for sac-a-lait. The fight was on. 15 minutes later, I netted the big fish and "king" said; "Now we can go home!” We didn't keep any bream, but went home with 30 catfish, 12 sac-a-lait, and two bass.
Anyone wanting to monitor the Davis Pond Water Flow, go to www.waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/uv/?site_no=295501090190400.
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