Tis the season for Sacalait during the month of February. Around the coastal regions of the gulf coast the inshore saltwater fishing hits a wall during this tough month. Sure you can still make some nice catches of specked trout and redfish but why target these difficult saltwater species during this month when you can focus on a different species that excels in the fresh water. Crappie, also known as the sacalait, is the species that stays on our minds here at DockSideTV. All throughout February and March the crappie is what we look for and is without a doubt the best tasting fish our area has to offer so why not take advantage of them during these tough saltwater months. Crappie tend to spawn somewhere during the months of February and April depending on the weather and like every other species of fish they eat up during their spawning months. Here at www.MatrixShad.com we created a mini swim bait specifically to target this tasty pan fish called the “Matrixmini”. Not only do sacalait taste great they are a blast to catch and a beautiful fish none the less. Figuring them out is very difficult but once you find them they are easy to catch. Just about every bayou and tributary that has an abundance of fresh water holds crappie on the gulf coast. The one thing the crappie can not handle is salt water so catching trout and crappie together like we do bass and specks is not going to happen. When targeting crappie you need to gear solely toward them. Yes you may bump into a few bass or perch while catching crappie but it’s usually their way or the highway. During the colder days they will go deep, they will avoid the banks and get in the deeper waters looking for under water structures so good electronics is essential. As waters warm and the spawn kicks off they will move up to the shallows and the banks where structures such as visual brush tops and laid over trees are the focal points. Once they move up to the shallows we like to switch over from a 1/8 oz head that we use while deep water jigging the matrix mini while its cold to a 1/16 or a 1/32 oz head under a cork for flipping the brush piles. Once it really warms in April switching to a clip on spinner can be the trick. For more info make sure to watch all our DockSide TV especially the one above.
Author: Chas Champagnehttp://matrixshad.com
Capt. Chas Champagne is an avid angler, located in Slidell, LA. Capt. Chas owns and operates Dockside Bait & Tackle and also manufactures his own tackle producing the Matrix Shad fishing lure and the Golden Eye jig heads.