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.