Fishing Through the Fronts

 

Conditions in the Louisiana marsh and along the coast seem to be ever changing. Last week the water temps and clarity were a major issue. The temperature was down in the low 50's and the water was too dirty to see fish very well in some places. With the number of fronts that have rolled through, the red fish seem to be confused. They were basically laying on the bottom and wouldn't move until you ran over them with the boat. Many of the fish that were seen would bolt as soon as clients made a cast and presented a fly. We were able to get aq few nice ones including this 23 pounder. The conditions weren't made any better by the fact that tide movements have been very small. We will continue to chase red fish and hope the conditions improve. 

Big Fish in Chocolate Milk!

Even though the fishing is great year round, many anglers come to South Louisiana in the fall and winter, hoping to catch bull Red Fish. There are several factors like sunlight, wind, tides, and water clarity that go along with sight casting in saltwater. Water conditions vary throughout the season, from gin clear to super dirty. With the increase of fresh water pouring into the marsh via the Mississippi River and the Bonnie Carrie Spillway, we have super dirty water in places right now, know affectionately to locals as Chocolate Milk. This makes sight casting very difficult because, if you can't see the fish you can't cast to the fish. It appears that the dirty water will be around for some time, even though the Corp of Engineers started closing gates on the spillway today 1/25/16. It was reported today, that all gates should be closed by 2/2/16. http://tinyurl.com/zb62khb There is still some water around that makes sight fishing possible. You just have to get out and really look for it.

Yesterday, we were able to do just that. Brian and Paige came down from Maryland to try their hand at sight casting to LA red fish. It was Paige's Christmas present to Brian. Fishing shore lines looking for bigger fish was the plan of the day, as well as casting to any other fish we saw. Along the way there were shallow cuts that provided shots at smaller slot size (16"-26") reds. The smaller reds were pretty skittish, but the day ended with a nice 30 pound bull red in the skiff.