The short run of cool mornings was welcomed, and it spurred bass in the Atchafalaya and Verret basins to move from their summertime holes and visit the shallows at least over last weekend.
Or was it the full moon that triggered morning runs at spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jigs-n-pigs and crawfish imitations?
Reports from the coast were about the same, spotty on keeper-sized speckled trout, solid on redfish in the marshes and around rock jetties.
The offshore action was off the charts on mangrove snapper, lemonfish and amberjack, and for yellowfin and blackfin tuna, small wahoo and bull dolphin in blue water.
Excellent forecast for summer’s last holiday weekend: The biggest chance for rain (50 percent) comes Sunday afternoon with mild morning temps that’ll hit the low 90s after lunch. Expect light winds and nothing more than a two-foot sea (mostly less than one foot) coastwide with a wind shift Friday through Sunday from the southeast to the north then to the southwest, then back to the north. Look for northerly winds and light seas in Lake Pontchartrain.
The Mississippi River is below five feet at New Orleans and the Atchafalaya will fall to the magic two-foot mark in Morgan City by Monday.
The 15-pound stringers bass fishermen look for in a five-fish catch are showing up from Atchafalaya and Verret trips. Verret-area bass are on a typical summer pattern, which means chasing shad and other critters (frogs, lizards) early in the morning near the banks (the reason spinnerbaits work so well) before the shad move to deeper water and the bass will take crankbaits and slowly worked swimbait-like lures, anything you can get deep and work slowly.
With the Atchafalaya continuing to fall — from Wednesday’s 2.9 reading to a 2.0 mark by Monday — bass, some sac-a-lait and goggle-eye continue to feed in run-outs and sloughs draining water from the swamps. That explains the buzzbait action down the banks from the run-outs, and why jigs-n-pigs and the crawfish imitations (Speen Craw, D-Bomb, Brush Hogs) are working Texas-rigged with eighth-ounce bullet weights. Find moving water on points and black/chartreuse crankbaits are working.
Sac-a-lait have moved to the outside cover in the Spillway and at Old River.
Along the coast
Live bait, shrimp or croakers, are working on trout at the rock jetties from Caminada Pass west, and live croakers are good along the beaches to the east of Grand Isle.
Live shrimp under a cork or on a Carolina rig is good for speckled trout east of the Mississippi River. In the marshes, work live shrimp or your favorite soft plastic under a cork for redfish.
In Cocodrie-Theriot, redfish are moving in the bayous near open water and like cracked crabs on the bottom. Try the same for bull reds off the points of islands in the Last Island chain. Trout are there and taking topwaters and avocado/red glitter cocahoe minnows in the surf on rising tides.