Fishing in Buras right now is a one-horse show — but you'll go home with tired arms and plenty of meat for the table.
"Trout are very limited," Cajun Fishing Adventures' Capt. Ryan Lambert said. "The wind has been horrendous."
But there's no shortage of redfish: You just have to know the key to success.
"You have to be on your toes on an incoming tide," Lambert said. "They are dead on the bank and if you're not on the bank, you're not going to catch them."
Key areas have been the larger bays and pockets, with water movement being absolutely critical.
"The small pockets that don't have any (water) movement won't have any oxygen," Lambert said.
Catches include lots of keepers, along with bulls.
Dead shrimp on the bottom or dangling beneath corks will always attract bites, but Lambert said he hates stink crickets.
"I'm the only person on the penninsula who still uses artificials," Lambert laughed.
And, honestly, messing with dead bait just isn't necessary. Lambert said he's been hammering on the reds with Z-Man ChatterBaits, big crankbaits and spoons.
"On a falling tide, you can throw that artificial and have a ball," Lambert said. "We went out the other day when the wind was blowing 30 mph, and we caught 100."
Gulp baits under corks also also work well.
The best action has been on the east side of the Mississippi River, but the west side will light up over the coming weeks.
"The Mississippi River is at 4 feet, and it will be in the 3-foot range soon," Lambert said. "As soon as it gets in the 3-foot range, the water on the west side will clean up and the fishing will turn on."