Welcome the month’s new moon Saturday with all the good that it means for catches along the coast and the interior freshwater areas.
This moon phase is one of the most productive; it brings strong tides, and that means more baitfish movement and longer periods when predator fish will be actively feeding.
That’s great news for the thousands of rodeo fishermen, especially with tuna, wahoo and dolphins showing up in big numbers, and plentiful cobia and mangrove snapper working structures at rigs off the Central Coast.
The East Pearl River continues to provide action on small bass and goggle-eye.
Hot is the word with mornings in the mid 70s and afternoon highs in the mid 90s, and we are likely to have a threat of rain and thunderstorms across the southern parishes through the weekend. A cool front is predicted to move in early next week.
Expect 5-15 knot southwest winds with 1-2 footers nearshore and 1-3 foot offshore condition.
On the coast
Live shrimp are providing the most trout and redfish action. East of the Mississippi River, work shrimp and live croaker on a Carolina rig around the platforms in Borgne and in the Breton area. Put the shrimp under a cork in Elmer’s Island, The Fourchon and Timbalier beaches.
A wide variety of soft plastics on jigheads and under a cork are working, too. The H&H split-tail beetles (chartreuse/silver glitter) rigged in tandem are taking lots of smaller specks and white trout under birds along the Central Coast.
Larger trout are taking topwaters along the beaches, and the action should be even better in the coming days with high tide pushed to the beaches in the early morning hours.
As usual, live croakers are catching larger trout in the Venice area.
Cobia and mangroves have been coming from oil/gas platforms in water as shallow as 50 feet in the past week. Cobia are taking large soft-plastic lures (greenish and pink colors) worked on 1-2 ounce jigheads, while pogeys, live baitfish and large live shrimp are working on mangroves.
It’s best to use chum around a platform to see what species comes to feed. If all you see are red snapper, then leave there to find another platform with more mangroves than red snapper.
With the Mississippi River at 20.8 feet at Baton Rouge, it might be a good time to head to Old River and work the buttonwoods on the levee side and inside cypress trees on the island side for sac-a-lait.
Bass catches are solid in Lake Verret and the lower end of the Atchafalaya Spillway on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and soft-plastic “creature” baits like D-Bombs, Sweet Beavers and crawfish imitations.