LAFITTE, La. - 'Speckled trout? I wasn't expecting any today in this crazy wind but we did fairly good. We caught a lot of undersized reds but that's great. It means that by summer they'll be keepers,' said a satisfied Captain Theophile Bourgeois after an unusually good mixed catch of specks and reds in Lafitte.
We started the morning out in The Pen using soft plastics (electric chicken color) 18 inches under a popping cork in about two feet of water where weed beds covered the bottom.
Before the winds really picked up we landed a dozen or so 13 to 17 inch specks, finding the fish concentrated wherever we found schools of mullet and other bait fish.
We also released several undersized redfish caught using the same method.
We managed to keep another 3 reds that were borderline 'flippers' or 'netters.'
When the winds dirtied up the open water in The Pen, we made a move to the interior marsh ponds off of Bayou Dupont where we finished the trip adding a black drum and several more keeper reds, including a bull that I had to finesse through a tree branch he brought to the fight.
In the marsh Theophile and I used spinner-baits to catch the reds, while his brother-in-law, Captain Darrin, landed the drum on dead shrimp under a cork.
Remember this is a 'spring forward' weekend, so be sure to adjust your clocks Saturday night for the daylight savings time switch.