Louisiana experienced a mild winter and the inshore fishing never really slowed down. However, there are always those couple of days around a front where the fishing slows for a while. Great catches have been the norm rather than the exception, but there is never any guarantee. You should have been here yesterday…or tomorrow.
Anglers who fish often enough have often memorized the creel limits and size minimums for the species they target most often. It’s tough to find an inshore angler in Louisiana who doesn’t know their state’s regulations on flounder, speckled trout, black drum and redfish. But what happens when they catch another fish they rarely see?
Even though the Mississippi River is expected to crest late next week at 16 ½ feet — just below minor flood stage — the speckled trout bite down in Venice hasn’t been hampered so far by the high water.
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of seeing trout or redfish explode on a topwater plug. Conversely, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as heaving your bait out and twitching it, only to have it drag across the surface like a snagged branch.
Capt. Marty LaCoste has a simple and effective way to keep your from snagging on the hooks; a heavy monofilament leader.
If your tackle box is busting at the seams with rarely used corks, sinkers, hooks, line, soft plastics, topwater lures, jigheads and other items collected over years of wandering the aisles of your favorite outdoor store, make a little room for an item that might actually help you catch a few more fish: A small tube of Super Glue.
Tommy Vidrine is known around Grand Isle for targeting big specks by free-lining live shrimp, croakers and pogies — so he frequents spots like the Caminada Pass jetties and the Fourchon barges in search of fat trout.