Grass has begun showing up in the coastal ponds. The grass holds lots of food items for hungry reds. Weightless baitfish patterns that ride hook up, like Prince of Tides and the Bendback Mullet can be tossed into grass pockets, while crab patterns such as charlies and yarn crabs can be fished on the edges.
Speckled trout in Venice are no different than those elsewhere in one important way: They often concentrate on any bottom discontinuity that causes water currents to break, even if only ever so slightly.
Although companies have tried for years to educate the public that our fishing line is our only direct link between angler and fish — with the knot being the weakest link — I would venture to say that many angler don’t think much about their line until it fails them.
It’s not unusual for anglers in Lake Pontchartrain to deal with a variety of conditions that make it tough to actually feel a speckled trout bite, including wind, a foot-and-a-half of chop and steady, strong current - especially along the bridges.