Ben initially came on our podcast with Team Gus, but today he rejoins us by himself to share his inshore fishing knowledge!
Ben Saucier is a special guest for Inshore Interviews because me and Ben have known each other for years. We went to junior high and high school together. During those years we'd convince our parents to get us out of school so we could go fishing, so you could say we had the inshore fishing bug at a young age.
Today, Ben is married and a father of two. His oldest is his son, Trent. His son is just that age he can begin going out on the boat and start fishing. In fact, it wasn't too long ago that Trent caught his first speckled trout.
On this inshore fishing podcast we discuss some of the finer points of jigging, like using a lighter jighead with fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon sinks and this allows for use with a lighter jighead. However, monofilament will work as well.
We also talked about using shorter rods when jigging. We both use 6' 3" and 6' 2" length rods. I have used longer rods in the past, but found the shorter rod is easier to work with.
Chas Champagne, the owner of Matrix Shad, is the man I have to give credit to for this inshore knowledge.
While Ben prefers to catch speckled trout by jigging, he will use trolling equipment when the fish turn off. As you probably know, Lake Pontchartrain can receive a lot of fishing pressure when the word gets out that the trout bite is on. Trout become accustomed to seeing the same lures and presentation everyone is using. Using a trolling rig is key to delivering a different presentation that fish will bite. Ben has been very successful doing this.
We talked about a lot more in the podcast, but Ben did say that a turning point in his fishing career is when he started fishing artificial and not live bait. When he learned how to fish soft plastics and hard baits he was able to learn and overcome new challenges.
So what are you waiting for? Hit the play button below and listen in!