We need sunshine! And south wind.
And the biggest news for the coming weekend is a Saturday that holds the promise to reverse the gloom and doom of the past two weeks.
Patience will be your best asset: Finding redfish has not been a big problem in the coastal marshes, and freshwater folks are finding enough sac-a-lait around deep brush to make trips worth their efforts.
Friday’s sunshine will trigger increased baitfish activity in freshwater and coastal waters. Afternoon action should be better than mornings because water temperatures should rise anywhere from 4-8 degrees, and that’s all that’s needed to get trout, redfish, bass and sac-a-lait more active during the afternoon hours Friday and Saturday.
That’s where patience will be valuable, along with finding clear water that will allow water temperatures to climb. Stay away from muddy water.
That’s where the southerly winds come in: The major complaint this week is low water in the coastal marshes, and even a light south wind (east helps on the east side of the Mississippi River) will help push some of the clean water from the bays into the marshes.
Even better is the window that opens Saturday for the offshore folks to chase what appears to be a solid run on yellowfin tuna and wahoo within relatively short runs of the passes.
The current cold front rolling into the southeastern parishes will be followed by much-needed sunshine Friday and Saturday before another front is predicted in here Sunday.
Friday’s 5-10 knot northeast winds will lead into light southeast winds and light seas and warmer Saturday before Monday’s 38-degree morning.
Saturday’s forecast is the best Lake Pontchartrain and offshore waters (1-2 foot seas) have seen any time in at least two weeks.
The major rivers continue to run high, though slight falls are predicted for the next week, and Thursday’s rain likely will swell the Florida Parishes rivers.
The few bass reports show jigs-n-pigs (black/blue) are working in canals in the Verret area and in the runs near Venice. The only Atchafalaya action is coming from the lower Bayou Sorrel area.
Sac-a-lait are holding on the deep brush in the Verret canals and are taking shiners and black/chartreuse tubes. Work the deepest ends of the “tops” first, then gradually move nearer the banks to find where the sac-a-lait are feeding on baitfish at that particular hour.
Slow down retrieves on gold spoons in the still-showing grass beds from the Biloxi Marsh west into the Cocodrie and Theriot waters. Live cocahoe minnows are working under corks near run-outs, and on Carolina rigs over shell beds. There’s little trout action to report.