Dead calm winds early in the morning were perfect for Lake Pontchartrain for two reasons:

  1. Allows smooth access to the Trestle Bridge near mid lake.
  2. Finally allowed the seas to calm down enough to let the water clear up.

The result was several nice 2-3 pound speckled trout and a couple of keeper flounders caught with Slammin' Sammy Deadly Dudleys and salt and pepper cacahoe minnows bounced off the bottom.

Those same light winds made a quick trip to the gas wells in Lake Borgne also possible. There, Captain Mike Gallo, Dan Couvillion and I found more specks, not quite as big as those in Pontchartrain but some up to 2 pounds. Here the technique was trolling around 50 to 100 yards AWAY from the platforms working those same plastics over the shell pads and drop-offs.

When the winds increased to about 15 knots, we made a 2 1/2 mile run into the Biloxi Marsh to look for redfish in the protected ponds and small bays.

The wind was an asset, since without it the gnats would l have been unbearable.

Here we sight fished and blind cast to land several keeper reds in the 16 to 22 inch size rounding out a good half day's mixed catch. We used spinnerbaits and Texas rigged swim baits for the reds.

As Mike said, 'We could have caught a lot of fish at any one of those spots had we stayed at it.'

Using the wind to your advantage is an important technique during these spring months.

Hook 'Em Hard!

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