The Petit Minnow

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The small soft plastic bait of Crappie Psychic is perfect for the type of fish, speckled trout

Tim Hebert, of Thibodaux, has the most sophisticated marine electronics on the market in his boat to identify the type of fish, better known as sac-a-lait where he is from.

The latest technology, the Garmin Panoptix LiveScope system, shows Hebert where the fish are. However, you still have to catch them, and you will do it this year with the new Crappie Psychic Petit Minnow.

Captain Clyde Folse of Raceland, owner of The Crappie Psychic, brought out the new 21/2 inch soft plastic small fish bait with a distinctive rowing action this summer. He has been responsible for beaucoup sac-a-lait and speckled trout, as well as gold and bass.

The Petit Minnow has a paddetail; When fishing in a light jighead, it is a great bait to target the type of fish.

Hebert and his teammate in the tournament, Andre Smith of Schriever, have been catching enough sac-a-lait in the Petit Minnow to finish hard in shit tournaments on Lake Fork and the Ouachita River. Hebert also boasted a 1.72-pound lait bag that bit a Petit Minnow to win the crappie division of the Krewe of Hercules Fishing Rodeo in mid-August at Lake Verret.

Speckled trout

Spotted trout also love Petit Minnows, according to Cutoff's captain Mike Guidry. Guidry is hooked on the small, thin swimsuit that has a great impact, as it has an impact on the fresh and salt water scene.

“Oh yes, the Petit Minnow is amazing. He is alone, even still, has good action … the tail. I don't know how he does it, but yes, only the slightest movement "makes him move," said Hebert, machine shop manager at Gulf Coast Manufacturing in Houma, "They have a good profile and have a lot of action."

Hebert's favorite color is chartreuse / black; The other five colors of Petit Minnow are: chartreuse / pink, chartreuse, black / white, black / chartreuse, pink and blue / white. He fishes them in a red jighead of 1/32 ounces of Cajun Lures. In clear waters, it ties it to a monofilament of 6 pounds; in stained water, use a 20-pound braid. In a recent tournament on the Ouachita River, he caught them in narrow lines on 10-foot poles.

The right colors

Petit Minnow has captured many speckled trout since the first prototype was introduced this summer. Guidry, a 21-year-old veteran who runs the Rippin lip guide service, started fishing in July.

One of the first trips with the soft plastic in his hand was with Folse.

“I was doing some exploration. I said, "Why don't you come explore with me?" Said Guidry, who caught spots with Folse, mainly in Petit Minnows blue / white and white, but in the color that Folse brought with him. Guidry has been catching them since conditions warrant.

And when is that?

“Many times, I tell my clients to combine with what the trout feed at that time. When trout feed on glassfish, they annihilate that thing, ”he said. "When you see small glass fish, or trout spit them out when you put them in the boat, tie them up."

Most of the speckled trout that he and others in his boat have caught are 1 to 1½ pounds.

"It's mainly about school trout," he said.

How to catch it

Finding a suitable lead head with a suitable hook for a Petit Minnow eventually led him to 1/16 and 1/32 ounce lead heads.

Although large slabs can catch large baits, Petit Minnow is much closer to the size of the forage they often target.

"I looked for a hook that was somewhat sturdy and not easily bent, the same type with which they use tube templates. I think Clyde is looking forward to it," he said.

Taking into account the size of the Petit Minnow, Guidry goes with a cigar-shaped cork weighted at one end that is used for fishing bags, instead of a busted cork. Fish the soft plastic, sometimes with a tandem rig, about 1½ feet deep in a 12-pound monofilament in a spinning rod. He believes that the SpiderWire braid of 6 to 8 pounds would also be effective.

Water clarity does not have to be excellent to use Petit Minnow, he said.

"It wasn't very clear when we first came out, something stained. It worked well wherever we went. It was really amazing," he said.

For more information on Petit Minnow, visit or call 985-790-0862.


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