It’s not breaking news that it’s hot: This is south Louisiana. It’s July. It’s humid.

That would almost be enough said, except for the forecast for even hotter afternoons — try 97 degrees hot — means we have to avoid becoming a statistic.

Going fishing this weekend? Start drinking more water Friday, and remember to drink water throughout your stay on the water.

Sports drinks are good, and stay away from alcohol.

Don’t really know why, but, oddly enough, bass catches have been solid this week on a less-than-good moon phase.

Rising water temperatures in shallow coastal waters have left the speckled trout bite soft. Redfish are filling that void, and the mangrove snapper action continues to be the best in three years.

Weather

Daytime in the upper 90s and overnight lows near 80 with only slight chances of rain through Monday.

Look for 5-10 knot southwest winds and seas running less than one foot in Lake Pontchartrain and east of the Mississippi River through Saturday, but rougher along the Central Coast and offshore. The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers continue on extra-long summertime rises.

Freshwater

After Steve Fontana and Brad Buoy put together that solid stringer from the Belle River area Saturday, Southwest Bassmaster youngsters brought in limit after limit of bass from places on the east side of the Atchafalaya Guide Levee, from Pat’s Bay south into Belle River and the Intracoastal Canal.

The reported early action came on frogs, spinnerbaits and red-shad worms. Baby Brush Hogs worked later in the day.

The West, Middle and East Pearl River runs continue to provide goggle-eye and bass action in the “woody” areas of these rivers (and run-outs and sloughs). Spinnerbaits work in the morning on West and Middle runs, and add buzzbaits to the list for early a.m. East Pearl bass action.

The coast

Speckled trout action should increase on the weekend’s new moon and stronger tides, but the southwest, then west winds continue to plague the Central Coast with dirty water. That wind direction is a help to the east side of the Mississippi River, because it pushes water from the marshes in the bays and brings baitfish and shrimp to the trout, redfish, flounder and drum trying to live out the hot summer in deeper holes in open water.

Trout linger in the early morning shallows briefly before moving out to deeper water after the sun gets up.

Use live bait for trout holing up in deeper water. Some trout remain in the marshes and are taking live shrimp. Trout moving to outside waters are taking live croaker and finger mullet.

Live croaker, small pinfish and pogeys are working on mangroves in the South Timbalier blocks in water ranging from 45 feet to 120 feet deep.