Bass, redfish gobble up rattle trap in Cataouatche

By Bruce McDonald
October 28, 2011 at 9:19 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Randy Verdin, of Luling, with a redfish caught at the mouth of the Gulf Canal using a 1/4 ounce black/chrome floating rattle trap.
Randy Verdin, of Luling, with a redfish caught at the mouth of the Gulf Canal using a 1/4 ounce black/chrome floating rattle trap.
With the passage of a cold front through Louisiana, the temperature in area lakes began to fall.

Large schools of poogies are showing up across the lake - big bass, sac-a-lait, catfish and even redfish have been gorging themselves. Using the correct bait a fisherman has the ability to be extremely successful. 

This was the case for Randy Verdin, of Luling. He set out numerous jug lines in Lake Cataouatche, and to his amazement, began catching big blue catfish. 

"On my way out to the lake, I look for schools of poogies in Sellers Canal,” Verdin said. “I'll stop and throw my cast net a few times and catch enough bait for my jug lines and to fish with.” 

On his last fishing trip, Verdin found the bass schooling at the mouth of the Gulf Canal. Using his favorite bait, which is the floating 1/4 ounce black/chrome rattle trap, he began casting along the edge of the grass beds.

“The bass and redfish seem to gobble up the rattle trap,” he said. “It resembles a poogie. Sometimes I rig a weedless #3 hook  with a 2 to 3-inch poogie. Hooking it through the eyes and casting it out, I use a slow retrieve. Bass think it's an easy meal and that works extremely well on bass and redfish."

Good catches of largemouth bass, bream, sac-a-lait, goggle-eye, chinquapin, catfish, hybrid bass, gaspergou, choupique and redfish can be caught on calm days.

The best baits to use in Lake Cataouatche have been the watermelon/red baby brush hog, the booyah white/chartreuse gold teardrop spinner bait, and chrome & gold floating rattle trap in ¼ ounce size. 

Sac-a-lait like mini jigs in red/white/chartreuse, black/chartreuse, blue/white, black/white and blue/chartreuse under a cork along the bulkheads in Lake Cataouatche and the Gulf Canal in Lake Salvador. 

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