Matt ended the event with 15 fish that measured for a total of 263.25 inches and left Louisiana with a $3,000 check! Matt went into Louisiana having little experience with that style of fishing, so research played a key role in his success.
I had never fished Caddo or cypress trees before, so I did a lot of research. I started focusing on the isolated cypress trees on the main lake, but I was struggling to put together a pattern with that. So, one day I headed back into a slough with thick matted grass and scattered cypress trees.
The roots around the trees there had some pretty big openings and I found out those areas were where I could get a pretty consistent bite.
Throughout the day, I keyed in on a lot of isolated patches out on the grass flats throwing a Strike King Rage Tail swimbait un-weighted waking it across the grass. When I would get to those openings, I would let it drop down and then pop it. They were hammering it when I would do that. With that pattern, I was on a super consistent bite that first day and ended up with 92-inches. The sun was out and the weather was perfect. They were very aggressive so when they bit, they’d have the whole bait in their mouth, so I didn’t lose many fish that first day.
On Day 2, I put in at a marina and used my Torqeedo and my Lowrance to navigate 2-miles back to that spot. Once I got close, I pulled up my motor and just paddled around since the grass was so thick. The sun wasn’t out on day 2 and the fish weren’t roaming those grass flats like they were on day one. It seemed like they were up tighter to those trees after that little cold front had pushed through the night before.
I caught a limit, but missed a lot of fish on that swimbait. When I would miss a fish I would mark it with the Lowrance and then return 20 or 30 minutes later with a weightless senko and just let it sit there. Most of the time, they would eat it. That’s how I ended up culling up to a better limit on day two which gave me a shot on day three.
I hadn’t had any luck on the main lake, but I knew the wind was coming and there was a lot of traffic where I was fishing.
It was a popular place that the locals knew about. But since I was fishing way back up in there, many of the bass boats couldn’t get to me because the grass was just so thick. Sadly, the bite had just shut down, I went about two-and-a-half hours that morning without a bite and I had to change it up.
Out in the middle of that area it went from about 2-feet of water to about 4-or-5-feet with bigger isolated trees and scattered grass. That morning, there were a lot of bass boats in there but the bite was off. Once the bass boats rolled through there and left, I just went through those trees and picked them apart slowly. Instead of just blowing through like the bass boats would, I would pitch a weighted black and blue senko to each side of the tree 3 or 4 times and just let the bait sit. I didn’t hop it. I would just drag it until I got to the grass and then pitch it back in there before moving to the next tree.
Any tree with a double trunk is where I would find them.
The stumps would grow in kind of a “U shaped” pattern and the bass were staging up in that. I was fishing within a hundred yards of where I had been fishing all week, but I was fishing a completely different pattern. It didn’t take long to put together a limit.
Later that day, the wind started to pick up and I was about 2-and-a-half miles from the ramp. I had to go across the lake to get back to check-in so I started getting a little concerned. Around noon, I had a good limit but not a great limit and I decided to go straight in front of the boat ramp and slowly hit isolated trees trying to cull up. I ended up upgrading two fish right there at the end so it was a good move and I was glad I did it because it got pretty rough that afternoon and that would have been a rough ride in a kayak. Overall, I left it all on the water and was happy.