Let’s hope we can enjoy all the next week will bring along the coast — light winds, light seas, building tides and a chance to get on a good mess of speckled trout, something that’s eluded even the best fishermen throughout the spring.
It’s summer now. The sun has hit its highest point in the northern hemisphere, and with favorable conditions we should see the trout bite on the rise.
There’s grand news in freshwater, too: Bass action is terrific.
High-pressure will dominate with light west and southwest winds and light seas. Expect lows near 70 and highs in the 90s. Get off the water by noon to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.
While the Mississippi River is on a slow rise, the Atchafalaya River is holding steady at a 6.0 reading on the Bayou Sorrel gauge.
Bass anglers report the Atchafalaya and Lake Verret areas are giving up largemouths on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Mornings are best, and the Verret side of the Atchafalaya Basin levee is producing heavier bass than Basin waters.
Work bladed baits (white or white/chartreuse skirts) around cypress trees. Start shallow and work to the outer cypresses as the sun gets higher in the sky. It helps if grass is near the trees.
Basin bass are near runouts. Work frogs and other weedless topwaters, and keep a crawfish-imitation tied on when bass strike short on topwaters. Flip the soft-plastic crawfish (creature baits like D-Bombs, Sweet Beavers work, too) into the hole the bass made when hitting the topwater.
Remember there’s a seven-bass per day limit, and there is no size limits in the Basin and Verret areas.
Delacroix’s extensive grassbeds are holding loads of bass, too. Shallow-running weedless baits are the trick here. Use frogs and other topwaters along with soft-plastic swimbaits (shad and greenish/pearl colors).
A reminder that the federal-waters recreational red snapper, greater amberjack and gray triggerfish seasons are closed, which can put a crimp into plans to work platforms in depths from 50 feet and seaward. Red snapper and amberjack appear to be on every platform that holds fish.
Mangrove snapper are starting to push to deeper water (on the summer heat), and it’ll be tougher to catch them when they get into waters dominated by red snapper.
Big-time reports on cobia from throughout the Grand Isle, South Timbalier and Ship Shoal platforms, and tuna and wahoo have moved to the deep water.
Sargasso grass is moving into the Central Coast beaches with the tide and wind and that makes problems for catching trout on topwaters. Trout and redfish are eating live shrimp and croakers along the beaches on rising tides.