Frank Davis / Fishing Expert
It was another Thursday just like last Thursday for me and my fishing team!
It was windy with dirty water and rough seas all over the Southeast Louisiana coastline, but especially in Lake Pontchartrain where me and my guys were. Once again, though, the weather made the fishing conditions a real challenge. So I moved our video-shoot to about a dozen different locations.
“It was the right thing to do, Frank,” Capt. Kenny Kreeger shouted back to me several times from the bow of his charterboat. “Had we stayed at the trestle just waiting for fish to find us, we’d still be there waiting! Even this weekend, when the general conditions do nothing but improve, move around till you find the fish. Spend no more than, say, 10 minutes in any one spot. If the fish are there, they’ll find your bait and you’ll have one or more.
Weekend anglers, however, could possibly have a whole new scenario to work with. Capt.Kenny Kreeger, Frank's charterboat operator, confidently forecast that throughout Saturday and Sunday the dedicated saltwater sportsmen would face a positive change in the weather and have a whole new opportunity to put trout, redfish, and even a few remaining flounders in the boat, especially if they tie up to the trestle in the lake and manage to find some good water.
Again this week Carolina rigging is the way to go: half-ounce egg weight, swivel, leader, hook, and a live and lively white shrimp. The rig is fished flush on the bottom. When a fish locates and pinpoints the shrimp, he'll immediately pick it up and turn it into "lunch." Capt. Kenny advises that the angler hesitate just a moment to give the fish time to swallow the bait before setting the hook. It's the one surefire way to increase the number of catches made in the interim.”
Now don’t expect a mother load of fish this weekend—it ain’t gonna happen! The switch between seasons (fall to winter) causes instability in the atmosphere which greatly affects how, when, and where fish feed.
“I’m so glad you’re mentioning that, Frank,” Capt. Kenny said. “Barometric pressure gradients do more to affect fish feeding habits than any other factor. . .and lots of folks don’t know that.
“So one day you can load the boat; the next day you can’t buy a bite. That’s why it’s important to read and study as much as you can about the sport of fishing and the fish species you’re after. Regardless of what trickery your brother-in-law tells you works, keep in the back of your mind that Mother Nature runs the show.”
And now you know how to plan for this weekend on the water. Carolina rigging. Live shrimp, which you can get from The Dock Marina off Rats Nest Road on the Northshore. Try a number of spots until you hit the one that produces for you and don’t be reluctant to change spots if hold fish. Look for clean water. Try to fish at peak tides. Let the seagulls help you by telling you where the fish schools are. All these points will yield more fish!
Now next Thursday, I—along with my guide staff—will take a break and spend the day with football, turkey, and oyster dressing. So apply this week’s techniques to next week and catch yo-sef some fishes! See you in two weeks.
Meanwhile, if you do get out on the water, be courteous and careful. There’s enough fish and fishing spots for all of us.