Just after New Year’s I went looking for some public water bass. I explored a couple of new spots somewhat close to home but didn’t have a whole lot of luck. I don’t do much cold weather bass fishing so I really didn’t know what I was doing and it showed. I didn’t skunk at either spot though so there’s something to be said for that.
Had an opportunity in June to get out and fish in the kayak and decided to head to da Parish so I could catch some marsh bass and reds. Summer time is a great time of year for those special places in Louisiana where you can catch bass and redfish (trout too!).
The weather was nice, a tad on the windy side in open water, the fishing was good too. I didn’t catch too many on the fly opting instead to throw a weedless rigged swimming fluke.
I caught mostly bass, only a few reds, which was just fine by me, because I was keeping bass to eat. I really like the taste of marsh bass, I think I’ve mentioned that here before, the meat is sweeter than their freshwater cousins, it’s one of my favorite marsh fish to eat.
It ended up being a great trip as I caught some nice fish and got to explore some new water. That’s one of those things I like to do each time I hit the marsh is try to find some new water to fish. Even if it’s a lousy trip it kind of makes it worth it to see new water.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, I’ve got reports to catch up on. The older the trip the hazier the memory, but I’ll give it my best shot.
A couple of Alabama buddies reached out in February to let me know they had a room available at a camp in Grand Isle they rented for the weekend. After clearing things with the wife I took off toward the coast. The forecast looked great for Saturday but that Friday evening driving down was windy as hell. I stopped at a couple culverts on the way down for a few casts, but nothing was working for me or a local.
Fingers were crossed that the wind would eventually lay down and things would look good in the morning.
The next morning the wind had laid down and the tide was way out. It was chilly though and it took a while for things to warm enough to where the redfish were active. Once they were active the fishing was pretty good.
I blew a couple of really easy opportunities at fish on the hookset which I can only attribute to not having redfished in a while. Still I managed a few nice fish, including a “kayaker” bull that almost hit 30″. It was a good trip and it was great catching up with a couple friends also afflicted with the redfish bug.