About the only offering we can make heading into this first of 2015’s weekends is a prayer that these next few days will be the worst among this year’s next 51 Saturdays and Sundays.
Unless you find sheltered waters, and they’ll have to be very sheltered, the coming days likely will be best spent at home taking care of after-the-holidays chores and working on tackle.
Conditions will be extra rough, likely with small craft advisories through Sunday, which means hanging out in the bayous and canals will be a must for coastal and freshwater trips.
Fish were caught Monday through Wednesday in Hopedale, Delacroix and lower Terrebonne Parish waters, and canals in the Atchafalaya and Verret Basin produced a few bass and average sac-a-lait catches.
Here’s the bad news: Constantly shifting 10-25 knot winds through Sunday, first from the east, then southeast, then southwest, then northwest, then north with 2-4 foot seas east of the Mississippi River, 3-5 footers along the Central Coast and offshore seas running up to 8 feet. Expect rain Friday and Saturday with Saturday’s high running up to 70 degrees before a cold front blows in and drops afternoon highs into the 50s.
The major rivers are on a slow rise, and the Florida Parishes rivers should remain high and muddy after last week’s rain and more of that’s coming this week.
Not that anyone would test the winds blowing across Old River in the next days, but with the Mississippi River rising, we’ll have only a week to get after the sac-a-lait that are near the piers there. The river moves into this oxbow lake at 15 feet on the Baton Rouge gauge, and that should happen sometime late next week.
Bass are taking gold jerkbaits on the lower end, and slow-rolled spinnerbaits, jigs-n-pigs and small soft-plastic creature baits (try June bug and California colors) in the middle portion in the Atchafalaya Spillway.
Shad are the main food source for bass in the Verret Basin. Pearl/chartreuse tail swimbaits, chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and shad-colored crankbaits are working around cypress trees, especially in areas where grass is near the trees. The pattern has been to work deep-water areas early, then the shallows after the sun gets higher in the sky.
Live minnows are working on redfish and speckled trout along the coast. Use them under a cork near run-outs and along points, and on the bottom over oyster and shell beds.
Grass beds and points are the places to look for redfish in Hopedale and Delacroix areas. Swimbaits, gold spoons and plastics under corks are the best offerings.
A variety of colors are working in the deeper holes in canals and the deep bends in bayous in the Cocodrie, Dulac and Theriot areas.