West winds will continue, and with that comes heat from Mexican and Texas deserts, and, for the third straight week the combination of west winds and afternoon temperatures soaring to near triple digits will not be kind to freshwater nor coastal fishermen.

While west winds tend to bite into the action along and off the coast, it’s the heat that can kill. Make sure to drink fluids the day before a trip, and demand all aboard to drink water every half-hour, and stay away from the alcohol until after the trip (alcohol slows your body’s reaction to heat stress). Take along iced-down melons and grapes to help keep your body cool. Dampened towels and those special cool wrap-around cloths also can help you cope with this intense heat.

And don’t stay too long: Go early and plan to return before the sun get too high in the sky. From reports throughout south Louisiana, the action is best in the first four hours after sunrise.

Weather

Southwest and west winds at 5-15 knots through the weekend will affect the Central Coast more than waters east of the Mississippi River. Sunday and Monday will be the calmest during the next four days. Expect for 2-4 footers offshore.

Afternoon highs will hit near 100 north of I-10/I-12 and reach the mid-90s along the coast with slight chances of afternoon thunderstorms through Tuesday.

The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on slow falls this week, but remain unusually high this far into the late summer.

Freshwater

Fish slow and deep, and look for moving water. That doesn’t mean finding clear water because clear water heats faster during the day, while turbid, even muddy moving water is generally cooler.

That’s why fishing the Pearl River system, where clear water is becoming easier to find, is more productive in the early morning and the action near the surface wanes as the sun gets higher in the sky. The Verret Basin and the marsh waters south of U.S. 90 have murkier conditions and bass stay active for longer periods.

All of which means using plastic frogs and slowly working topwaters early in all places, but going to deeper, slow-moving soft-plastic lures at mid-morning. Carolina-rigged creature baits and worms (June Bug and watermelon/red glitter are producing) and any other rig that can be worked deep and slow are working around deep structure (points and run-outs) and in the deep bends of bayous and rivers.

On the coast

While double-rig H&H Sparkle Beetles continue to rule on speckled trout and most anything else that’s willing to chase a lure in waters south of Cocodrie, live bait is tops everywhere else. Live croakers are taking some trout near the mouth of the Mississippi and along the Central Coast beaches. Live shrimp work in the Lake Borgne area.