Redfish

When targeting big reds under birds in Lake Pontchartrain, time is of the essence — so don’t approach them like you would a school of specks. Move into casting distance quickly when you see a bird dive, throw to that spot and then prepare for battle.

Be aggressive when targeting Lake Pontchartrain reds under birds

Speedy approach trumps stealth, angler says
January 15 at 2:00pm
According to Capt. Devin Denman, the Matrix Craw is a great all-around tool for targeting redfish — either retrieved quickly as a search bait, or bounced along the bottom like a jig.

Inshore insights: Top 3 redfish lures

Changing marsh dictates changes in lure selection
January 12 at 10:42am
Joel Masson shows off a nice roadside redfish caught between Shell Beach and Hopedale during the New Year's bitter cold snap. But act now — once the cold weather is over, the fish will move on.

Marsh Man Masson vid: Roadside redfish on every cast

Bitter cold has fish stacked up across the Louisiana coast
January 03 at 11:28am
Capt. Jeremy Cable, with Lite'M Up Bowfishing in Cocodrie, shows off the nearly 42-inch long bull red he arrowed on Nov. 1. It is currently the Bowfishing Association of America's state and world record redfish.

World bowfishing record redfish stuck out of Cocodrie

Big bull freed itself from first two arrows on Nov. 1
December 11, 2017 at 8:29am
The height of your sight-fishing casting platform is largely a matter of personal preference and budget, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both higher and lower set-ups.

Pros and cons: Best stand height for sight-fishing reds

Some anglers use a cooler, others tower 6 feet high or more. Which one is best?
November 17, 2017 at 10:12am
Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

The lovin’ spoonful

A guide’s top tips to catch more redfish with spoons
November 16, 2017 at 6:00am
If the Mississippi River level drops enough, a saltwater wedge typically moves in each fall, bringing with it redfish and speckled trout that come in to feast on the abundant bait there.

Mississippi River level key for October Buras bite

Specks, reds ride saltwater wedge in if river drops low enough, guide says
October 17, 2017 at 11:00am
Pete Cooper with a red caught on one of his signature flies, the Golden Rule.

Tippets

October 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Rat-L-Trap's Wes Higgins caught this hefty redfish by working a StutterStep over a shallow, milfoil-covered mud flat in the Wagon Wheel in Venice.

High water doesn't slow Venice redfish bite

Focus on shallow flats after days of high winds
October 02, 2017 at 6:19pm
Redfish are ganging up in the shallow ponds on the west side of Buras. And there is little fishing pressure on that side of the Mississippi River, so the fish are more than willing to eat lures.

Go west for hot Buras redfish action

Shallow ponds offer sightfishing opportunities
September 26, 2017 at 11:28am
Big bull reds in deep holes will devour cracked crab this time of year, according to Capt. Marty LaCoste.

Redfish raring to go deep at Dularge

September 20, 2017 at 4:27pm
Capt. Keith Bergeron uses whole crabs when his clients target bull reds, but breaks off the crab's claws and the two points on its shell to make it easier for the redfish to swallow.

Bull red action heats up on Grand Isle

Guide details how he hooks whole crabs to target big bulls
September 05, 2017 at 5:01pm
Capt. Herk Bergeron likes to use a whole crab — with the points broken off the shell and the big claws removed — to target bull reds in Caminada Pass this month.

Bull red action heats up on Grand Isle

Guide details how he hooks whole crabs to target big bulls
September 03, 2017 at 1:00pm