Feel the Noise
Guide: Captain Steve Bono
Homeport: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Experience: Runs Bayou Charter Service; 25 years fishing Calcasieu Lake
Tactic: For Captain Steve Bono, nothing beats topwater plugs. He carefully chooses a plug to match the conditions. When the water is rough and the wind is howling, he uses a noisier plug, such as a MirrOlure She Dog. When the water is calm, he employs a more subtle lure, like a Heddon Super Spook. "Vary your retrieve," he says. "Try fast, try stop-and-go, try steady until you find what they want."
- Ric Burnley