When it comes to catching specks on the fly, November is as good as it gets. The ideal conditions are a) a light south wind, b) overcast or foggy and c) a falling tide. If those conditions exist, work poppers along points, shorelines, cuts and the back of deadend canals for quality trout. If not, put a weighted clouser under a VOSI and cast anywhere there’s a little current and some bait activity.
Leslie Comardelle Jr. has been fishing in and around the Sulfur Mine out of Larose since he was 10 years old, but he can’t remember a consistent run of trout action like he’s seen this summer and so far this fall.
We Louisiana coastal anglers are like spoiled children. No, really. We’re so used to catching gobs of speckled trout that when fishing gets tough we immediately determine there just must be something wrong with the fishery.
When it comes to easy access, protected water and a smorgasbord of fish, kayak anglers need look no further than Delacroix Island. Known locally as “The Island,” this historic St. Bernard Parish commercial fishing village is a kayak angler’s dream. The fishing area is unlimited, diverse and kayak friendly.
Construction is set to begin this week on three artificial reefs designed to protect scour holes created at Ship Shoal 26 out of Dularge and Cocodrie, known to many Louisiana speckled trout anglers as the Pickets.
There were days as recently as this summer that a 51-year-old Raceland outdoorsman returned from a sac-a-lait (crappie) fishing trip and removed a secret weapon on his tube jig about a mile from the boat ramp. He did this so no one would get so much as a glimpse of the artificial add-on responsible for putting so many slabs in the ice chest.
Taking into consideration all the variables of fish location, Capt. Billy Walbaum plans his day around the wind. Fishing in the lee inherently makes life easier in terms of boat control and casting, but it’s also a water-quality thing.