It’s a heck of a note that summer’s final weekend will be spent with one eye on the Gulf of Mexico and the other on a south Louisiana sky predicted to be filled with thunderstorms.
The latest from the National Weather Service calls for a tropical wave to move into the Gulf of Mexico, but makes no prediction on its movement or development.
That doesn’t bode well for coastal catches, nor for folks wishing to spend time anywhere on waters south of Interstate 10.
The NWS advisory for south Louisiana calls for sustained 15-20 knot winds Friday (20-25 knots Saturday and Sunday) and possibly as much as nine inches of rain Friday through Monday with strong east and southeast winds pushing tides to as much as two feet above normal. The biggest impact likely will be on the east side of the Mississippi River.
That means rough conditions for Lake Pontchartrain, 3-5 foot waves in Lake Borgne, 5-8 feet in coastal areas from Breton Sound west into the Central Coast and 6-8 foot offshore conditions.
That also means inland waters - The Atchafalaya, the Florida Parishes rivers and the Delacroix area - to rise on the higher tides.
The only benefit is that near record-setting afternoons high temperatures will moderate into next week.
Action will be contained in the interior marshes where redfish and flounder will be targets. With white shrimp showing up in inside waters, use shrimp under a cork for the best catches.
The Atchafalaya Basin is alive, but with higher tides, action on the basin’s southern reaches could be slowed.
Catches of 30-50 bass have been common from Old River south into Flat Lake and American Lake. The problem there has been low water and areas silted in from the spring-summer flood, notably American Pass, the eastern and southern shorelines of Flat Lake, Little Bayou Long and access between Big Bayou Pigeon and Little Bayou Pigeon and north into Cross Bayou.
The latest is that swim baits like Zoom Flukes, the Havoc Craw Fatty and The Deuce (watermelon or green pumpkin with red flakes) are working. Swim or Texas-rig these baits along grassbeds and around patches of grass off the bank. Fish continue to orient around cypress trees. Concentrate casts to cypresses with an opening in the grass.
Although most bass measure less than 14 inches, there’s lots of action on light tackle for goggle-eye. Crickets and Berkley Gulp! Crickets are taking goggle-eye and eating-sized catfish in several areas south of Old River.
The Canal Bank Classic produced bass on Humdinger spinnerbaits and Speed Craws in the Diversion Canal. Frogs worked in small pockets in the Bonnet Carre Spillway produced a solid catch, too.