Swim baits can be maddening. There are few things more frustrating than being on a hot speckled-trout bite and having to cut off a bait and tie on another one.
But more and more Louisiana anglers are doing just that for one reason — swim baits deliver the goods.
After all, consider this: Would you rather not get bites and not have to retie, or get a bunch of bites and have to reach in the tackle box for a new lure every now and then?
There’s not an angler on planet earth who wouldn’t pick the latter.
The problem is that on swim baits, the soft plastic is molded around the lead, with only the eye and the hook emerging from the bait. Once that plastic tears away, the lure is useless, and the angler has to snip his line and tie on another bait.
But the lures produce such incredible action that it’s a tradeoff anglers are happy to make.
For some reason, the Cocodrie/Dularge area has been ground-zero for swim-bait use in Louisiana. A few anglers there began very secretly catching specks on Tsunami swim baits a decade ago, even in the heart of summer when anglers elsewhere were throwing nothing but live bait.
News spread, and before long, a whole host of area anglers were throwing swim baits.
In fact, veteran Cocodrie guide Tommy Pellegrin made certain the lures were part of his arsenal when he founded High Life Tackle Company. He markets four colors — purple tiger, blue tiger, gold tiger and red head — and of a bait called the High Life Swimmer that vibrates a rod tip like a lipless crankbait on the retrieve.
It’s that level of intense action that makes the baits so effective.
Capt. Marty LaCoste, who fishes the waters just a bit to the west of Pellegrin, is also smitten with swim baits.
To learn how the two anglers fish the lures and some other tips, see the short video below: