Try to target any species you want right now in the marshes east of the Mississippi River, and you'll probably catch those fish. What you're also sure to land, however, are more redfish than you've ever seen in your life.

The fishing is incredibly good right now, bordering on the absurd. You'll still catch the usual amount of fish at the upper end and even over the 16- to 27-inch slot limit, but you'll be unable to escape a ridiculous number of fish between 15 and 18 inches.

I got in on the spectacular action last week during a trip with my longtime fishing buddy, Larry Frey of Metairie, as well as my usual sidekick -- my son, Joel. We were targeting the remainder of inshore speckled trout that are hanging out in deep holes, feasting on young-of-the-year croakers, but we caught more reds than anything.

Combined, Frey and I have been fishing the marshes of South Louisiana for nearly a century, and neither of us has seen redfish action like this.

We threw nothing but soft-plastic lures, including Salt Water Assassins (chartreuse curl-tail) and Matrix Shads (holy joely and midnight mullet), and the action was interrupted only when the tide transitioned from a fall to a rise.

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