June is great month, with consistent water conditions, good weather
Capt. Justin Bowles of JB Fishing Charters (985-969-2036) spends many days in June targeting redfish in the Biloxi Marsh, and for good reason: it’s loaded with hungry fish that seem to be in almost every crease.
“You can fish them on the shoreline of the open bays,” Bowles said. “You can fish the shoreline of Lake Borgne, and you can also catch them up in the skinny bayous and in the ponds. You can kind of pick whatever you want to do in June.”
Bowles finds conditions, which have been inconsistent since the winter, to be a lot more stable.
“Normally speaking, I find in June you get a bunch of south or southeast wind, and it pushes that good water in,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about any of those low-water issues.”
When entering the vast Biloxi Marsh, Bowles keeps an eye out for a few key factors.
“I look for a good grass line along the edge of the pond, and I also look for bait and clean water,” he said. “If you’re fishing strictly artificial, I think water clarity is a lot more important than if you’re fishing shrimp under a cork.”
Bowles’ strategy is also heavily influenced by which direction the tide is moving.
“I find with a rising tide, the reds push back as far as they can go, so you may catch them in the back ends of ponds or pockets,” he said. “With a falling tide, it seems like they get more in the current or out off of points where they can let the bait be pulled out the marsh to them.”
The redfish certainly are not picky, and Bowles has a variety of baits at the ready to chunk at the reds.
“You definitely don’t need the (live) bait,” he said. “It really depends on the skill level of who’s fishing, but you can catch them on really anything in June: spinnerbaits, spoons, Texas-rigged craws and swimbaits.”
Bowles said redfish in Biloxi Marsh range anywhere from are generally anywhere from 16 to 26 inches this month.
“Those are the kind you want to catch and cook anyway,” he said.
The great part about June is it isn’t extremely hot, so the fish are more prone to feed later in the day.
“In June, they’ll bite throughout the day unless you have abnormally warm temperatures,” Bowles said. “When it gets into July, you need to leave earlier and do your damage in the morning.”
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