Ever heard of the K.I.S.S. method when it comes to fishing?

Keep It Simple, Stupid!

OK, so my grandkids tell me that last word is a big no-no, but it’s more directed within than to others, and there’s no ill-will in the phrase.

With speckled trout and lots of other marine critters ready and willing to whacking all sorts of offerings these days, K.I.S.S. becomes a big factor for both segments of the recreational fishing community.

Yes, there are two: the guys who won’t put live bait in their boats, and the guys who need to have live bait to make for a productive day on the water.

Now, and probably for the next month, live shrimp can provide a big boost to anyone’s “catching” ability. Sure, we’re all fishing, but “catching” is the next step in any trip.

You need a good aeration system, and they’re not as expensive as you might think, and systems can as expensive as you want them to be. And you need a power source, and those can run anywhere from D-cell batteries up to the $300 jobs.

What’s as important today — now that it hit 95 degrees Tuesday — is keeping the water cool enough to maintain live bait through a morning. That’s not easy. And don’t think dumping ice in a live well is the trick. There are chemicals in the ice, and that’s not good for shrimp.

What works are the small half-liter bottles. A two-liter bottle is too big. Fill to the half-liter to about 90 percent capacity (to allow the water to expand), and keep three or four frozen bottles in an ice chest until the water in the live well feels like it’s getting warm (don’t wait until it gets warm), then add one of the bottles. Repeat as often as needed. Oh yeah, make sure you washed the bottles before freezing to make sure you’re not adding a chemical that might kill the bait.

This week

The latest coming from the Central Coast was a Tuesday report on Lake Pelto, Timbalier and west to Raccoon Point along Last Island.

Let’s try K.I.S.S. again: Like most other places east and west of the Mississippi River, there’s nothing fancy here. H&H Cocahoe Minnows, Deadly Dudleys, Matrix Shad and VuDu Shrimp worked on jigheads or under a cork are catching fish.

The report came from a group fishing platforms in Pelto and behind the Timbaliers and talked about finding “good” water everywhere.

Live shrimp under corks worked around the shallower platforms, and when live shrimp started to play out, one of the fishermen went to a double-rig avocado-red glitter and hauled in specks and white trout.

They tried around Wine Island, but a steady south wind kept them from getting to the just-right spot along the rocks.

See nothing fancy. It was simple. Pick your favorite color and go from there.

And trout continue to work along the beaches in the early morning (try 2-4 hours before the high tide) and continue to pound topwaters.


Friday and Saturday are the days former Saints lineman Stan Brock picked for his annual Black and Gold Classic at Bridge Side on Grand Isle.

It’s a sporting clays shoot Friday and fishing Saturday with a sumptuous Chef’s Dinner on Friday night followed by a Saturday night concert.

Brock has said many times it was his head coaching stint at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that launched him into this idea to benefit the Green Beret Foundation and the National World War II Museum. The classic attracts current and former NFL players and current and veteran military folks. Fishing and shooting fees run $30 each and the dinner runs $150.

Go to website: stanbrocksblackandgold.com

Veterans bass

Good of the Westside Bassmasters to hold a tournament for military veterans Saturday from Doiron’s in Stephensville. In turn, it meant a solid report from the Verret Basin, and, it appears, the same is true for Lac Des Allemands area, the MRGO and Bayou Teche.

There are a lot of small bait fish following the spring spawns of several species and quarter-ounce, willowleaf spinnerbaits (usually white and chartreuse, but clear-blue and blue-white-chartreuse work, too) are attracting bass strikes in the early morning.

That’s when the shad and other minnows are in the shallows around structure. After the sun gets up, these small fish move out to deeper water and the bass follow. That’s when shad-colored crankbaits begin to work.

Near 20 veterans fished the Westwide event, and Vietnam veteran Raymond Knapp, fishing with old buddy Steve Fontana, won with 13.94 pounds on their five bass.

Your rodeo

A reminder about getting your information in for your summertime saltwater rodeos. Send the rodeo’s name, date(s), location and contact name, phone number (with area code) and email address to jmacaluso@theadvocate.com.