The bite is back, but the wind remains an enemy, according to Capt. Marty LaCoste of Absolute Fishing Charters out of Dularge, who has had to out-hustle the weather to fill his clients’ limits.
“On days that it’s calm, which is hardly ever,” LaCoste said, “the trout are biting great.”
On windier days, it has been a battle. LaCoste has had to be persistent.
“On windy days, the trout bite has been hit or miss,” he said. “You might do well or you might struggle.”
Lacoste recommends fishing live shrimp — if you can find them — under corks.
“But (they) have been hard to come by in Dularge,” he said.
If you are unable to find live shrimp, there are options that are almost as good. “Tight-lining Matrix Shad soft plastics or fishing Matrix Shad under Four Horsemen corks,” LaCoste said, “has been the most productive for us.”
Luckily, the redfish bite has been good.
“We have been able to find clean water almost every day,” he said. “The reds have been biting pretty good in the shallow ponds, especially.
“Fishing gold spoons, green hornet Matrix Shad tight-lined, and fresh bait shrimp under corks have been producing nice catches,” LaCoste said.
This past Friday, when the wind was calm, LaCoste and his crew had no trouble filling the boat with nice trout. Saturday, because of the wind, the numbers took a hit.
What’s clear is that the bite is on; it’s the wind that is determining whether every cast produces a trout, or you scoot from spot to spot and catch what you can.