Daigle spent most of what was a mild October catching specks in The Pen, Little Lake, Mud Lake and the Bruxelles area. At the same time, Lake Salvador was ?chock full? of redfish, Daigle said. On a recent trip with two other anglers to Mud Lake, they boated 300 specks by 9 a.m., and only four of them were throwbacks.
It was a calm day and the birds were working, said the owner of Cast-It Charters, a LouisianaSportsman.com supporting member. Everything was just right.
He said his boat, and the others around that almost limited, threw glow/chartreuse plastics under corks.
But it really didnt matter, Daigle said. I mean, they were eating the glow and chartreuse H&H beetles just about anything glow and chartreuse was working.
In the past few weeks, however, wind has made fishing conditions a bit tougher. And Daigle is prepared to change spots in coming months, as cold fronts hang around longer.
You look for (fish) in the open water when its warmer, but when its cold the back of the canals thats where you want to be, he said. I smack them in January and in February when there arent many people out there.
If the next two weeks or so, Daigle suggested following the pogie or mullet lines in Lake Salvador for reds. He throws gold spoons or black/chartreuse spinners.
He also said shrimp boats have been busy in the area, which means dead shrimp are a must on windy days. Fish the lee shorelines and look for big schools to find the bigger fish.
Bayou Rigolets is a good place to fish on an east wind, and the nearby rocks are good on a west wind. Also, try Bayou Perot.
Many anglers stay onshore after Christmas until the early spring, but Daigle heads for the dead-end canals.
The water temperature has been dropping, but we really havent had one of those stay fronts that drops things down for a while, he explained. When it starts staying mostly in the 50s, the fish will leave the open lakes, and theyll head into the canals.
The Texaco Canals, Cloverleaf Canals, those are going to fill up.
Daigle said it's then that he sees a mix of fish in the dead-ends providing enough action to urge any angler into taking a winter trip.
Theres bass in there, and some freshwater catfish, too, he said. But its mostly trout. If you get a redfish, you can pretty much guarantee there wont be a trout in there, though. Theyll scare them out.
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