Watch out Captain Hil!
First think trout in the 16 to 19 inch range. Then think 6 to 10 pound redfish you've been boating on and off for the past week or so. Then don't overlook mixed catches at practically all the local popular hotspots--the Delacroix marsh, Point Fienne, "The Spider," the pipeline canal, Skippy Lake, and Lord only knows where all else they're holding tight in a mid-winter pattern.
Plastics have been producing some good bites, preferably the Glo minnow, the Opening Night color (in both grub and swimmer-bait configuration), and even the occasional live shrimp worked under a popping or chugging cork. Baits suspended at 16 to 20-inches off the bottom seem to do best. Just make certain shrimp or Cocahoe minnows are ultra alive amd mighty livelyl
Ron "Captain Ahab" Broadus reported to me Wednesday evening that in truth Delacroix wasn't the only locale that has been giving up some decent catches of fish. Anglers have been boating them at Shell Beach, Hopedale, Lafitte, Chef Pass, the Rigolets, Grand Isle, Lake Pontchartrain at the bridges, and just about every other spot in Louisiana that comes up"wet." But Delacroix has been smokin'!
The pros (and the veterans who turn out on the water just about every morning) confess that strict wintertime patterns are definitely in effect, and the daily "bites" will conform to those patterns. These require a mandatory patience, strict adhereance to technique and tactic, versatility in bait or lure presentation, and fishing with a lot of consciousness. . ."In other words get everything having no connection to catching fish completely off your mind.....and focus strictly on catching fish."
"You do that," Capt. Ahab hinted, "and you'll have no problem finding some fish and putting them into your Igloo. And if you try one spot for a reasonable amount of time (5 to 15 minutes), and still get nothing at all, it certainly is permissable, forgiving, and to abandon that area and to test drive the other major hotspots.
"When all is said and done, just stay alert and keep in touch with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (and this here website for all the latest information on catch sites, species, and how and where to catch 'em). Oh, yeah. . .and just because they're smaller than the average, don't pass up some valuable data to participate in a second harvest project. Little portholes like yo