A couple of Fridays ago I played a little hooky solely because I had no intention of going to school that day.
My alibi was that (like all the other teenagers) I was so interested in the state wrestling match that I just had to go. Despite the fact that I had never even attended a wrestling match in my entire life, and don't really care for the sport.
While sitting on my couch waiting for my friend to come pick me up to head for the wrestling match my parents, Ann and Tony Taylor, asked graciously if I wanted to accommodate them on a small fishing trip.
What was ripping through my head at the time was exactly where we are going to fish around here and actually be productive during this time of year.
I promptly agreed because I really didn't feel like watching guys grappling on a mat in a noisy gym.
We left the house and headed towards Pier 90. The pier parking lot was filled with both small- and medium-sized boat trailers.
I was still rather skeptical, for the idea of fish in Lake Salvador at this time of year absolutely floored me.
I was also an alien to not only fishing the lake at such a strange time of year but also to the lake itself. Even though I am a local and all, I am Grand Isle fishing all the way.
Leaving the house and traveling 10 minutes by car and twenty by boat to actually catch fish sounded like a bad lie to me.
I'm just so used to fishing Grand Isle in the summer and strictly hunting in the winter.
We eventually launched and were on our way. The boat ride 20 minutes or so to Lake Salvador.
We entered the lake and headed straight for the northeast corner where about 50 other boats where stationed.
We found an open spot of water and dropped our lines, each person armed with a different plastic. At the beginning of an outing I always like to have everyone on the boat with a different color.
Through the process of trial and error, we found that clear w/ chartreuse and black w/ chartreuse were the most productive soft plastics, catching fish consistently at average size.
The mirror lure in any color was ultra productive for targeting larger trout. The mirror lure seems to work very well wherever the are mullet jumping. If you see a lot of small mullet jump, pick up your line and throw to wherever the disturbance occurred. In doing this you will have a much better chance of landing a big one with your mirror lure.
Always remember that in the grass bed of the northeast corner some secondary form of transportation besides your big engine is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, whether it be a troll motor or even a paddle.
You will need this quiet propulsion so that you can stay mobile through the grass bed without getting something thrown at you from the boat closest to you.
If you don't stay mobile in this grass bed you will not catch as many trout as you potentially can.
All in all I was ultimately surprised by the 50 trout that my parents and I caught while my peers watched that wrestling!