, Fly Fishing
, Kayak Fishing
Back in April I got out on a very unassuming local drainage ditch in the kayak and had a really productive panfish trip. The ditch was in surprisingly good shape, water fairly low and clear, a sign that we had not had rain in a while. This waterway gets loaded with trash after every storm because frankly folks around here are spoiled with water and really don’t put much thought into how their actions impact their local watersheds or what lives in them. I had taken my kids to the adjacent park a few times to get them out of the house during the pandemic and noted that the water was in good shape and bream were starting to bed in the ditch.
The bayou has a good variety of sunfish, something we definitely take for granted here in south Louisiana. I was able to catch bluegill, longear sunfish, red spotted sunfish(stumpknocker), warmouth(goggle-eye), redear sunfish(shellcracker), green sunfish, and largemouth bass. All caught on a slow sinking spider
I had continually written off fishing here in the past, but thanks to this trip I will probably add this local option to my list of places to hit each Spring, provided the flow looks good. I didn’t anything of size, but I love the diversity.
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.