Finding the right redfishing spot

The average weekend or vacationing angler, for the most part, doesn’t have time to find the number of spots Lake has to in order to keep his customers in fish.

They only have to find one or two locations to make a good outing.

And Capt. Bill Lake said that really isn’t that difficult.

“It’s pretty easy, actually,” he said. “Any of those bayous make a curve or a bend. A bend in any one of those bayous is where it’s going to be the deepest, because the current eats it out. The current is what is creating the holes. So you can go down to these bayous and not worry about the straight parts — look for the bend in the bayou. The sharper it is the deeper it is.

“And that’s how we find these fish: We just go to every bend, and we notice how the depth changes in those bends. Where we fished (during this trip), we had a 2- to 3-foot-deep flat and off of that flat — right where it makes the bend — it drops straight down 25 to 30 feet. And that’s where the fish stay. They come off that ledge and hold on that ledge, and drop down into that 30 feet of water and stay there for two months.”

Lake recommended going to any one of the bayous off of Four League Bay and watching your depth finder. And when you find a curve in the bayou just fish it to learn what part of the curve the fish are holding in.

“Sometimes they’re in 15 feet and sometimes they’re in 30 feet and sometimes they’re at 5 feet right where it starts to drop off,” Lake said. “Once you figure out where they are and pattern them, it’s easy.

“You can go there everyday and catch them just like we did.”

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John Flores was enticed in 1984 to leave his western digs in New Mexico for the Sportsman’s Paradise by his wife Christine. Never looking back, the author spends much of his free time writing about and photographing the state’s natural resources.

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