When there's some kind of stability in the weather--temperature, wind, and water--anglers are coming up with some nice messes of fish at a bunch of places in Southeast Louisiana.
The Pipeline at Delacroix, the lagoons at Hopedale, all the marsh cutsalong the Rigolets, the Trestle in Pontchartrain, deep inside the Michoud Slip, the Boh Brothers Canal, the rocks along the Mister Go, and both sides of The Wall near Bayou Bienvenue.
"And here's a surprise, Frank," Capt. Kenny Kreeger admitted. "You know how I'm always preaching live shrimp? Well right now it's all plastic!
"Anything lemon-colored, chartreuse, glow in the dark, in fact--your favorite plastic will get them to bite if you work 'em right. You need to tie on a 3/8 ounce jighead, rigged directly to the mono coming off the reel, with no leaders or snap swivels. What you do is make your long casts, wherever you're fishing, and bounce the lure slowly off the bottom--that's where the trout and reds are holding. Twitch it or pop it, slowly take in the slack, and repeat the technique until the lure is back at the boat.
"Do this the right way and you'll no doubt catch some fish."
All the guides this week told me that there's no rush to get out on the water by daybreak. A good time to anchor at your spot would be sometime between 8 and 9 o'clock.
"This will give the water a chance to warm up a little," Kreeger added. "And the warming water will bring the fish up from the depths and onto the shelf. Keep in mind, though, that you will be fishing amidst the snags at a lot of these places, so be sure to bring along a supply of extra jigs and plastic replacements for when you get hung up. It just goes with the territory this time of year."
Next week, Capt. Kenny and number of my other guides will update this report to keep you abreast of what's happening on the water. Make a note of it so you can check it out!