By Chris Berzas
Arriving in Turner’s Bay, we observed the water already looking heavily stained due to the strong southern winds the area received on the day before.
“Well, it’ll be difficult to find the fish here, so we are going to find better water,” said Lake Charles’ Ken Chaumont.
We were looking to throw some big 5- inch suspending baits, namely the Egret Baits’ Kick A Mullets with tops of pink – a favorite color that large speckled trout love in the early spring on Calcasieu Lake.
Chaumont then motored southwesterly to fish a long narrow mud flat where mullet were working on its edges.
We started throwing two versions of the Kick A Mullet – the pink/pearl/chartreuse holoflash version and a darker pink/pearl/chartreuse color.
Casting for five minutes, I suddenly had a fish on taking some drag.
“It’s a good fish,” I remembered saying to Chaumont.
After netting the speck, Chaumont took a few photos of it, a good fish pushing five pounds. The fish was released back into the waters following the photo session.
A little later, I saw Chaumont set the hook on another fish.
Seeing the fish doing the shaky head when breaking the surface, I told Chaumont, “That’s an even better trout!”
Well, let’s just say I had a couple of netting mishaps when the trout came to the boat. And I do think Chaumont was ready to throw me to the fishes because of it.
After successfully netting the trout on the third try, we again took a few photos of Chaumont’s speck over 6. This trout too was released after the pictures.
We kept throwing the Kick A Mullets, but the sky opened up revealing a high with upward bound barometer readings.
But we continued . . .
“I feel like I’m in Church fishing again for these great trout,” I remember telling Chaumont. “And look, there’s just no one else in the vicinity” – a rare phenomenon on mid-Calcasieu Lake.
Throwing the Kick A Mullet
“We designed it in 2011 specifically for big trout,” said Chaumont. “It’s a suspending bait, a slow sinker, and it falls a foot per three second count once it hits the water.
According to the lure designer, the Kick A has a moving tail patterned after the Stanley Wedgetail Mullet. As the tail sways back and forth on its retrieve, the rattle in the tail emits clicks with every sway.
“It’s a rip-rip-stop bait . . . and then you let it fall,” said Chaumont.
“Anglers that enjoy throwing Corkys and Catch 2000s, will love this bait,” he said. “You twitch, twitch it . . . and slowly reel it, while always pointing your rod tip down.
“And it’s been my experience that depending on the trout bite on some days, you can rip it quickly and keep it just below the surface – and the trout will blow up on it,” he added.
“It’s a very versatile lure,” said Chaumont.
Obtaining the Kick A Mullet
There are three series of the Kick A Mullet available to anglers – the standard Kick A Mullet; the Kick A Flash series; and the Kick A Customs.
Some retailers also carry them, so search their online catalogs or give them a telephone call.
The Kick A Mullet Jr.
To be available sometime this summer in June or July, the Kick A Mullet Jr. has been tested, and the speckled trout have responded.
“It’s a 4- inch version of the regular Kick A Mullet, and I’ve taken a 6-pounder already on it and many other quality trout,” said Chaumont. “It’s a bait that anglers will have fun working wherever they throw it.”
Anglers interested in following the development of the Kick A Mullet Jr. as well as other prototype baits coming to Egret Baits in the future are encouraged to follow postings on Egret Baits’ Facebook site at the Egret Facebook site.