The midweek winds that prevented trips to speckled trout-rich spots like The Pickets, the Sandy Point rigs and Breton Sound are predicted to lay and give the coastal guys a shot at trout in the coming days.

The key this weekend will be to find clear enough water to find trout and for the bait to bunch. That will trigger gulls to feed on the baitfish and shrimp and point the way to schools of trout.

With rainfall at a minimum, bass action should get better in the freshwater marshes south of U.S. 90, in Delacroix and in the Florida Parishes rivers, especially the Pearl River system.

Bluewater trips are paying off for yellowfin tuna, an abundance of blackfin tuna, small wahoo and bull dolphin. There were a handful of blue marlin tagged and released over the Fourth of July weekend. For offshore anglers, mangrove snapper are darned near everywhere off the Central Coast, and red snapper continue to hang at the near rigs to allow for the state-limit trips.

Weather

Look for light southeast winds and near calm conditions east of the Mississippi River through the weekend with 1-2 footers rolling in along the Central Coast. Winds will shift to the north Sunday, but remain light. Expect 1-3 footers offshore. Lake Pontchartrain will have 1-foot or lower seas.

The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers will remain on a hard rise into next week.

Freshwater

Odd that it’s more common brackish-water areas that’s producing the most consistent bass action. Because wind and waves didn’t allow a Wednesday trip to The Pickets, the Sportsman TV crew, including national pro Greg Hackney turned into the Dularge marshes and worked the edges of Lake Mechant with spinnerbaits, spoons and soft plastics and took several limits of mostly small largemouths with a handful running 2-3 pounds.

The same is true in the Delacroix marshes and the marshes south of Bayou Black Marina. Single-bladed spinnerbaits, swimbaits and floating worms around the grass work best.

Buzzbaits and double-rigged spinners (with willowleafs) are working in the Belle River area early before going to crawfish imitations after the sun gets up.

The coast

West winds have hurt: It blew dirty water into the barges last week at The Fourchon, but it cleared enough Saturday to produce trout and some flounder behind the barges to the beach. A variety of plastics worked, and where clear water rolled to the beaches, topwater baits produced 2-3 pound trout. Redfish were hanging at the Belle Pass rocks and were taking pogeys and cocahoe minnows.

Remember it’s about now when trout turn off on taking live shrimp and start feeding on croaker in Central Coast waters.

Small trout began showing up at the mouth of the East Pearl River.