, 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.
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.