Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine VOL 40 No 2 SPRING 2016 - Page 34

Fiddler crabs may not classify as bonafide bizarre baits, although they look bizarre with their one oversized claw and bug eyes. Bizarre Y Baits ou can bet my ears perked up when my new friend, Ken Hoffman, a retired Systems Designer for nuclear submarines at Litton Industries, told me about catching the heck out of flounder on - get this - EARTHWORMS! “My fishing partner and I fished Bayou Graveline (pronounced Grav-o-leen) a lot when I lived in Gautier, just west of Pascagoula. As you know, Graveline’s a brackish short-course stream not affected much by rain and usually runs clear and salty. One day, quite by accident, I dug a few earthworms from my garden and as a joke decided to dunk them in Graveline. Well, the “joke” was on me as a gang of flounder ate them like candy and we’ve been using them there ever since.” I’ve been fishing Graveline myself for the last 30 years, catching plenty of speckled trout and redfish, plus fair numbers of flounder, including a 5-1/2 pound mini-doormat. Almost all of my flatties, however, were taken by slowtrolling a 1/0 chartreuse popping bug 20 inches behind a 1/2 ounce bell sinker. I’ve now made a mental note to take along a few red wrigglers on my next visit! When you think about it, there are lots of little known offbeat baits employed for both salt and fres