Well, it is safe to say that spring is here! Waters temperatures skyrocketed all the way up into the low to mid 60s in just a matter of a few weeks and it has lead to a dramatic shift in fish behavior. Throw in a healthy dose of stained fresh water and you have a completely different set of fishing conditions. Although many people don't like the dirtier water, it really does make the fish far easier to catch once you pattern their locations and feeding habits.
The redfish are still plentiful throughout the bay and can be found in big schools hanging out near points, bayou mouths, small marsh creeks, on top of the broken bottom, around docks, or areas with steep drop-offs just off of the flats. Generally speaking, on a daily basis you can find the fish sitting in the same areas until some environmental factor changes such as the availability of food, a shift in weather conditions, a big set of tides or whatever the case may be. With the stained water power fishing with top-waters, spoons, and using jigs with an erratic action have all become more productive. You can also target schools of redfish along the beaches this time of the year.
On the grass flats, the speckled trout bite has gotten very good. Lots of medium to upper slot fish have been hanging out in the grass in 2-4 ft of water and often time can be seen chasing shrimp. Obviously, this makes natural or artificial shrimp a good choice as a pattern to implement but they have also been chewing good on jigs, suspending twitch-baits and surface plugs. Some of the biggest fish have been on Rapala sub-walks fished over sandbars or potholes in 2 ft of stained/dirty water.
The Spanish Mackerel have started showing up in deep parts of the bay in or around the pass. You can locate them looking for the fish to be busting on the surface or underneath feeding birds. Trolling the areas you see action is a good tried and true way to catch them however I prefer to run and gun with fast-moving lures. These lures can vary but often include small spoons, gotcha plugs, jerk-baits, jigs, bubble rigs, and many others. A short piece of light wire will keep you from getting cut off.
As always, if you have any questions about what's biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip, I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.
Capt. Nathan Chennaux