Ah, the mighty pickerel. In East Texas they call them jackfish. It’s a winter thing here in Texas, as we are on both the southern and western edge of their range. It’s a lot of fun throwing topwaters at Christmas.
Pickerel have a lot in common with their larger cousin the northern pike. They like big food and they aren’t afraid to lunge with incredible speed in water so shallow you can see their wakes coming for your flies. What they lack in size they make up for in aggression. These are not your midge-slurping winter fish. You could put an entire season’s worth of tailwater trout flies in the same space it takes for one good pickerel fly in your box.
It’s officially pickerel bashing time in Texas. Oh, yeah, if the reference (“stoner bashing time”) is a mystery to you, click your way to your nearest Netflix browser and watch the ultimate in stoner comedy: Dude Where’s My Car?