There’s no substitute for versatility and being open for change — no, this isn’t about LSU football — when it comes to conditions south Louisiana anglers will face in the next days, especially for the dads and grandpas who promised a trip for youngsters free from school for the Christmas holidays.

What’s ahead? The coldest cold front made its way to the coast and high pressure will settle in Friday before a return to strong southeast winds Sunday. Rain heralds another cold front blowing in here Tuesday.

You’re going to need to adapt to the conditions, not the least being the north wind push of water through Friday before east, then southeast winds blow water back into the marshes Saturday and Sunday.

All this means that where you catch fish Friday (good luck with that) won’t be the same areas where you’re likely to find trout and redfish come Sunday and into early next week.

It means you’re going to have to go deep and slow Friday and Saturday, then likely find these species moving to shallower water Sunday and Monday. So, working your favorite soft-plastics lures on heavier jigheads early in this five-day run — and expecting “soft” bites around run-outs and moving water on points — could also mean putting the same lures (on lighter jigheads) under corks later Sunday and Monday for the best presentation.

It’s not the same for bass and sac-a-lait: Clouds, rain, cold nights and mornings and high barometric pressures will push these species into the depths and close on deep cover, and it’s not likely there will be enough time for these species to return to the shallows before the next front arrives.

Weather

Friday’s 10-25 knot northwest winds will give way to 10-20 knot east and southeast winds late Saturday into Monday. You’re likely to find one foot or less seas Friday east of the Mississippi River and on Lake Pontchartrain, but expect much rougher conditions in other coastal waters.

Saturday’s mid-30s to lower-40s temps are the lows with afternoon highs near 70 Sunday through Tuesday.

Although river levels are high, the Mississippi River is on a fall, but the Atchafalaya River projections call for a 7.4-to-7.7 rise on the Bayou Sorrel gauge.

Freshwater

Canals in the Pigeon area and run-outs in the Bayou April area are providing the best action in the Atchafalaya. The same is true in the Verret Basin. Working points and run-outs in the Florida Parishes’ rivers good for bass, too. Remember, fish deep and slow.

Along the coast

Run-outs will provide the best action from Delacroix west through Leeville, Golden Meadow, Cocodrie and Theriot on the north winds. Work windblown banks in ponds and lakes and along bayous when the east and southeast winds return.