With the days here in the Heartland getting shorter and a little cooler, it means one thing. Well it means a lot of things, but to Louie and me it means speck season is cranking up. Specks or speckled perch (or crappie as they are called in other parts of the world) are schooling up, and getting ready for the yearly spawn.
This is one of our favorite times of the year in the Highlands because it means it’s time for some great fishing trips, family get-togethers and a southern tradition of our, fish fries out in the back yard. Along with some grits, coleslaw, baked beans and hush puppies, as far as we’re concerned it just doesn’t get much better. Specks aren’t really hard to catch and one of our most fun and favorite ways to catch these tasty morsels is this rig shown in the pictur. It’s an eighth ounce jig sitting under a fixed cylindrical shaped bobber.
The distance between the jig and the bobber is determined by a little experimenting until you find what depth the specks are holding. Your jig should be fished just above your quarry once you find them. Specks will seldom go down for bait, as they are always looking up. They’re just built that way.
The jig type and color are usually a matter of preference. The one in this photo is a tube body and the color is called “Firecracker”. It’s clear with tiny red, white and blue glitter molded in. We’ve consistently had very good luck with this color but it may not work as well for you.
We use ultra-light tackle and have found that eight pound test monofilament is about as small as you want to go. If you get hung up in the structure, be it tree limbs, lily pads or whatever, eight pound test will usually allow you to bend the hook on these small jigs and get free. Anything smaller will usually break. Once you’ve determined the right depth and have your bobber set, you can cast the rig out and in slow methodical pulls, retrieve it. The fixed bobber will keep the jig in the strike zone and there’s no mistaking when “Mr. Speck” takes the bait.
Half the fun is watching that bobber go under. I guess anyone that started out fishing with a bobber when they were little kids knows what I’m talking about.
There’s just nothing like seeing that bobber disappear. I don’t know about ya’ll, but we’re ready to get this party started.
Visit: Louie’s facebook page “Fishing the Highlands with Louie” to see some more specks he’s caught…http://www.facebook.com/FishingTheHighlands