Strong east winds this week make redfish a good option near Hopedale

Specks still being caught in Breton Sound, guide says

Some small trout are starting to bite in the marsh near Hopedale, but most specks haven’t made the move inside yet and can still be caught in Breton Sound, a guide said.

Capt. Jakamo Laboureur, with Jakamo South Fishing Adventures out of Shell Beach, said he’s caught nice trout recently fishing the west side of Breton Sound from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet rocks to Battledore Reef, and suggested The Wreck and the Black Tanks as potential spots still holding fish.

“Once we get a cool front to come through and cool that water down, I expect them to show up inside pretty good,” he said.

 But east winds are in the forecast all week, which means greater access to redfish deeper in the marsh near Shell Beach and Hopedale.

“The east wind is good for our side of the river. It pushes a lot of water into our marsh so it’s a lot easier for us to get into the duck ponds,” Jakamo siad. “An east or southeast wind is great for our side.”

Redfish have been thick in the Hopedale area, he said.

“You really have to move, but once you find ‘em, you find ‘em, and they’re really stacked up,” he said.

He suggested staying on the move and fishing the shell piles and windward shorelines of Lake Callebasse, Lake Robin and Lake Coquille for some nice reds.

“The first few spots you might not catch a single one, but once you find the right spot, you can whack ‘em,” he said. “Hopedale to the Biloxi Marsh has been holding good fish with some pretty easy limits.”

And if you’re looking for some great bull redfish action, he suggested fishing the Central rig facility with either sliding corks or Carolina rigs with live or dead shrimp, or croakers.

“It’s been ridiculous out there,” he said. “They’re almost a nuisance.”

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