The threat of thunderstorms is about the only downer for the coming weekend. Otherwise, the action has been lightning fast for the early risers.
Dawn-busters own the action in freshwater and along the coast.
That’s because the mid-morning sun is so hot that bass, sac-a-lait, trout and redfish are leaving the shallows for cooler, deeper water by 10 a.m.
The offshore folks continue to find big numbers of red snapper, more finicky mangrove snapper and cobia. Dolphin and wahoo in the 30-50 pound range are plentiful around rip lines and anything floating in blue water.
Look for light, shifting winds first from the west then the south through Sunday night with seas running one foot or less in nearshore and offshore waters. Bays and lakes should be smooth until scattered thunderstorms put a little chop on the waters. Expect lows in the middle 70s with afternoon highs in the middle 90s.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers continue to run high and are on respective standstills at 29 feet at Baton Rouge and 4.6 feet on the Morgan City gauge.
Last week’s Old River sac-a-lait report attracted a flotilla for the holiday weekend. Anytime there are that many boats (reported at 200) trying to hit a limited number of piers, there’s going to be a drop in catches. The best advice for taking sac-a-lait there is to go on weekdays. Sac-a-lait continue to take black/chartreuse and blue/clear tubes and live shiners 8-12 feet down in 17-22 foot depths. Early morning and late afternoons are the best times.
Bass continue to like spinnerbaits and watermelon Brush Hogs around cypresses and grassbeds in the Verret area and off points and around grass in the marshes south of Bayou Black Marina.
Live croaker along the Central Coast beaches appear to be the best chance catch a four-pound or larger trout. Put the live bait on a 2/0 treble hook - one barb under the croaker’s dorsal fin - and cast into the surf on a rising tide. Smaller trout continue to eat live shrimp under a cork over reefs behind the islands - Four Bayous west past Grand Isle to building reefs and sand bars behind the Timbalier Islands - and around the barges along Fourchon Beach.
The jetties at Caminada and Belle Pass are on rising and falling tides. Live bait and artificials - try Gulp! Shrimp - under corks are working there. Work live bait on a jighead around the jetties and you’re likely to find redfish up to 20 pounds.
Redfish are inside around oil and gas platforms and over oysterbeds in bays and coves behind the islands.
Live shrimp under a cork are catching a mix of specks, white trout, redfish and sheepshead in the Biloxi Marsh, Lake St. Catherine and Lake Borgne areas.