Westerly winds have been as much a part of the South Louisiana fishing scene this summer as humidity so thick you can almost drink the air while you breathe it. Winds from that direction empty the marshes in a lot of areas, and can make usual hotspots drier than fine red wine.

That's pretty much what Capt. Austin Plaisance found this week during a trip with longtime outdoor writer and uber-talented landscape photographer Andy Crawford (andycrawford.photography). A large school of redfish Plaisance had located the previous day vamoosed after several hours of westerly winds.

No problem. Plaisance quickly found another school, and the action was almost non-stop. Bunches of bass also intercepted the frogs, spoons and swim baits intended for their saltwater buddies.

The redfish action in South Louisiana this year seems to be impervious to any type of adverse conditions. Throughout the region, the fish are plentiful in numbers, and the size is all over the bump board, with plenty between the 16- and 27-inch slot limit. Limits aren't a problem on most days.

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