There’s no way to compare notes for the upcoming days with what happened under last week’s near-calm seas, light winds, full moon and strong tides during the only weekend of the federal red snapper season.
That’s because we’re in for a windy, rough weekend along the coast.
Possibly the only saving chance for a trip now through Sunday is that speckled trout and redfish are living in the interior marshes. Trout up to 3 pounds and under-27-inches redfish weighing as much as 8 pounds were taken from kayakers plying the bayous and marsh canals north of Grand Isle, near Leeville, in the Biloxi Marsh and the interior waters in lower Terrebonne Parish.
More good news is that the waters in the Florida Parishes rivers and bayous are on a solid fall and bass, goggle-eye and bluegill are settling in, and feeding, along the main courses of these waterways, and the Lake Verret Basin finally is producing healthy bass and bluegill stringers.
Don’t plan a trip to the Shreveport-to-Alexandria pools along the Red River. Flooding is a major problem for those folks.
Not good: Expect 15-25 knot south and southeast winds across the coast and weekend seas running 1-3 feet on the east side of the Mississippi River, 3-6 feet along the Central Coast and 3-7 feet in offshore waters on a low-pressure system that’s moving into the western Gulf of Mexico through Saturday. Expect middle-70s temperatures at night and daytime highs near 90.
It’s unusual that the Mississippi is starting on a slow fall (down a foot to 31.6 at Baton Rouge and to 12.8 feet at New Orleans by Monday), while the Atchafalaya River continues to rise to an 8.4 reading at Bayou Sorrel mostly because of the continued Red River flooding.
There was a solid run on specks at Elmer’s Island and along the passes last weekend, but contending with the full moon appeared to be a problem. The best bite came in midday hours, long after most nearshore fishermen gave up on the bite.
Finding clearer water in the interior marshes will help this weekend: Look for the strong southerly winds to push lots of clear Gulf water into the marshes. Work the edges of the bayous and canals for redfish. Some topwaters worked, baits like Pop-R’s and small Zara Spooks. Expect the run of speckled trout taken on H&H chartreuse/silver glitter Sparkle Beetles to continue in these waters.
Live shrimp worked in the Biloxi Marsh area. Hopedale and Delacroix should hold enough redfish action amidst the strong winds, and look for trout in the rivers and bayous. Live shrimp should work, but bass and redfish are ready to take topwater lures.
Look for bass/redfish action in the lower reaches of the Pearl and the Tchefuncte rivers. Use Rat-L-Traps.