What can you say about a summer when a morning in late July feels like late September? Nothing except, “Bring it on!”
We can expect a couple more cool mornings ahead, because another cold front is pushing its way through to the coast. This one is predicted to stall, and that pushes up the rain chances beginning Sunday and into the middle of next week.
Judging from freshwater reports, cloud cover is welcomed, especially when it comes to fishing the rapidly falling Atchafalaya Spillway.
In saltwater, remember we’re fishing between the moons, and no matter what you read on websites, speckled trout catches are down, and you’re going to have to work hard to put some in the boat this weekend.
Conditions are prime for offshore action.
Expect north winds Friday, then 5-10 knot east and southeast breezes and extra-light nearshore and offshore seas with lows near 70 and afternoon highs near 90.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers fell hard in the last week and are pushing to summer lows.
The Bayou Sorrel gauge on the Atchafalays River was near 5 feet last week. By Sunday, the reading is predicted to hit 3.4. That means a lot of water is pushing through the lower reaches of this basin, and that triggers an exceptional feeding period for bass, goggle-eye, bluegill and sac-a-lait.
Areas in and off Flat Lake are very productive. The best reports came from pumpkinseed/green flake Chigger Craws, D-Bombs, Sweet Beavers and Brush Hogs. Target areas with grass near cypress trees for bass and bluegill, stumps off the banks for goggle-eye and brushtops along the banks for sac-a-lait (blue/clear and black/chartreuse tubes). Try buzzbaits early in the morning for bass.
Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are working on bass in Verret Basin early, then go to small pearl (with or without chartreuse tails) when the shad move off the banks into deeper water after the sun gets higher in the sky.
On the coast
Look for stronger tides to help the action into next week. The best methods along the Central Coast are to find clearer water pushing over the sandbars and into the beaches on the rising tide in the early morning.
Check the Shell Beach tides this weekend, and there’s a rare five-tide day Sunday. That means water will be moving throughout this 48-hour period and trout and redfish should feed throughout the period.
Work the passes on falling tides for bull reds and use cracked crab on the bottom.
Live shrimp, croakers and pogeys are working on trout and redfish throughout the coast, and shrimp are attracting flounder and sheepshead.
Cobia and mangrove snapper are working around rigs in 60-120 foot depths.