I don’t care whether you’re gonna fish at Shell Beach, Hopedale, Cocodrie, Delacroix, Geoghagen’s Canal, or anywhere down the Barataria, if you expect to put any fish at all in the boat - and in your ice chest - this weekend, all my fishing buddies and charter captains agree that the howling winds we’ve had all week have dirtied up the water and will force you to look inside for trout, reds, drum, or sheepshead.
“But even though your locations are limited you can still get in some fishing,” Ryan Folse, Coco Marina guide explained. “What with the way things have been offshore and in the open bays in Terrebonne and Timbalier, it’s way too rough and dirty to lock in on speckled trout. . .so you need to stay inside in the marsh ponds and canals to find a decent bite.”
“The story is the same down by us,” the Phil Robichaux team admitted this week. “We’re having to run from Lafitte as far down as Myrtle Grove and fish the inner marshes just in order to pick up a limit of reds.”
“And while I should be pounding the trout at the trestle right now, I’m having to settle for some bottomfish in the Chef and Rigolets backwaters, as well as Lakeshore Estates, and Geoghagen’s,” Capt. Kenny Kreeger whispered to me. “But, hey—that’s okay ‘cuz once these fronts stabilize a little bit and we get about 4 or 5 days of consistent weather, I promise you I’ll be back out on the lake and on the trout and flounders.”
So as you can see, for one more week Southeast Louisiana fishermen have had to fight the weather to find their quarry. And there’s no one particular technique that works in every spot—popping or chugging corks with live shrimp or market bait at Delacroix. . .corks as well as Carolina rigging with market shrimp at Hopedale. . .live bait, especially live Cocahoes, freelined in the falling tide and in the current lines at Lafitte. . .cracked crab on a heavyweight Carolina in the passes on the inside down at Cocodrie. . .and a single drop with live shrimp on the fringes of Pontchartrain and Borgne.
“I guess what we’re all saying is you gotta be willing to try whatever it takes wherever it takes to find a catch wherever you fish at this time of year. . .it’s just Mother Nature’s game and you gotta play it according to her rules,”
Next week, we’ll concentrate solely on Pontchartrain one more time this year. Capt. Kenny Kreeger tells me we’ll scout all the local haunts and hotspots in the search of fish populations, and when we find areas of activity I’ll let you know right here. So check in next Thursday before you plan your weekend venture. Until then, fish when you can for whatever bites. . and tight lines and good times to ya! Frank Davis