|Capt. Sammie Faulk with Gotta Go Charters|
It was 30 years ago when Sammie Faulk decided to leave his day job and become a fishing guide. He never looked back! Capt. Sammie Faulk’s Gotta Go Charters started out on Lake Calcasieu (locally known as Big Lake) when there were only a handful of guides at the time. Since then, the area has really gained a lot of notoriety and has attracted anglers from across the country.
For the novice fisherman, Faulk recommends a Berkley Gulp Soft Plastic in chartreuse. “There’s nothing that looks like that in the wild, but the Gulf has shrimp pieces in it so it’s almost as good as using shrimp and fish will pick it up,” said Faulk.
Faulk says he advises advanced fishermen to use a top water bait in Southwest Louisiana because it is pretty simple to use and gets a ferocious strike. “Under the right conditions, you can get a heart stopping strike,” said Faulk.
In Southwest Louisiana, Faulk said Academy has a large bait supply. For a more personal touch, he likes Lake Charles Tackle, which has a new location on Common Street. Cajun Tackle, on Country Club Road, is a smaller shop but it has new tackle. For live bait/shrimp, he likes Calcasieu Point Marina and Spicer Bait in Hackberry.