A redfish kind of weekend in marshes around Shell Beach
Windy, rainy forecast could muddy water and dampen speck bite, fishing guide says
|Photo submitted by Capt. Johnny Nunez|
Before this weekend's expected windy weather, Capt. Johnny Nunez with Fishing Magician Charters in Shell Beach was catching daily limits of specks along the edges of Breton Sound.
Saturday’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain with winds blowing 10 to 15 from the east, conditions that didn’t sit well with Capt. Johnny Nunez.
“I don’t know about this weekend with this weather,” said Nunez, with Fishing Magician Charters out of Shell Beach. “It’s probably going to be more fishing for reds than trout fishing. We’re supposed to have some high winds and that kind of muddies up the water.”
He actually had a great week of speck fishing, catching limits almost every day along the edge of Breton Sound, by the end of the rocks of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Canal, and in Bay Eloi and Morgan Harbor. He’s been fishing for specks using live shrimp 2-feet under a popping cork.
If you aren’t deterred by the weather and still want to make a trip, he suggested targeting reds (also with live shrimp 2-feet under a popping cork) in the MRGO, Lake Borgne, Petes Lagoon and Muscle Bay.
“If you really want to get out there and that’s the only days you’ve got, that would be the best option,” he said. “Take a chance and get on some reds. But we’re lucky with the marsh, you can get in there and get back in the small bays and catch some.”
Despite the short-term forecast, Nunez said it shouldn’t be long before the water clears and the fishing picks up where it left off.
“As soon as this wind dies, give it a day or so to get straight in there,” Nunez said. “Deeper water straightens up pretty fast. We’ll be right back on the trout again.”
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