Catching Springtime Redfish in Louisiana

 

Springtime Redfish in Delacroix is on Point!

Right now in Delacroix, Louisiana the redfish are more aggressive than the security team on a United Airlines flight. The annual transitional movement of bait around the marsh has these fish fired up. The water is clean in many areas due to a strong Southeast wind last week and that makes the fishing a whole lot easier. This is the kind of Louisiana charter fishing that we live for.

We are finding fish along the broken edges of large bays and lakes. Since it has been so windy lately we are positioning our boats so that we can cast with the wind. I like to find a good windblown island and have my customers cast out about 10-15 yards off the island. We are using Boat Monkey Float corks because they create so much action on the water’s surface. Sometimes the fish like a lot of popping action and sometimes they like for the bait to sit still. You will just have to try different techniques until something works better than the other.

The key to locating the fish is obviously clean water. Another thing I am looking for is patches of milfoil grass. Redfish love to use the milfoil as an ambush point for minnows,crabs, and shrimp. Once you find an area you are confident in be sure to sit for at least 10 minutes. I have noticed that it’s been taking a while for the schools to notice the action of the popping corks. Once they do however, we have been catching on average 10 redfish on each island, so be sure to fish for a while once you get a few bites.

Another thing to consider if you’re coming to Delacroix this week is that gnats have made their annual appearance. be sure to bring a good gnat repellant such as Cajun Mist or Amber Romance. The typical OFF for mosquitoes is really not the best spray for gnats and those little suckers can ruin a fishing trip in a hurry if you don’t protect yourself against them. New Orleans red fishing can be a lot more enjoyable if you take this into account.

As the wind continues to lay down, fishing should stay consistent. If you’re coming down to Delacroix and need lodging be sure to check out our Pelican Roos Lodge and Fishing Cabins. Our accommodations are unmatched by any other place in Southeast Louisiana. And if you want to try a redfish guide Louisiana style, we can help you with that as well.

Captain Randall Shaw

Louisiana Fishing Charters

www.la-charters.com

504-669-1263

April Fishing Report, New Orleans, LA


The Red Drum Fishing in 2017 is Off the Hook!

I think there’s a common misconception that Louisiana charter fishing has it’s best months in May and June. While May and June are just about sure bets, this year March and April have been beyond expectations. It most likely has something to do with the warm winter we had. Since water temperatures never really dropped to really cold levels, the fish have started their transitions early this year and they are actively feeding as they do that.

What’s driving the redfish boom right now is the big influx of schools of mullet into the marsh. They are leaving the open Gulf and heading into the marsh. The hungry redfish follow behind. We recently caught the biggest redfish on my boat ever. The fish came in at 42 inches and weighed over 30 pounds. This is no doubt a fish that spends most of its time in the open Gulf, but has followed schools of mullet into the marsh. If you are coming to Delacroix to fish, look for the big schools of mullet and you will find the redfish.

Although the fish are making it easy for us, we never get too comfortable. We actively track and follow these schools of fish to give our clients the best chance possible at having a successful day of fishing. We have noticed that schools of trout are already on the outside edges of where the marsh turns into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You can come to New Orleans redfishing but we can also target trout when they are biting. That’s why we stay so active on the water- so we can be tuned into what the different fish are doing at any given time.

It’s a good time to be a Louisiana fishing guide. The weather is still mild and it hasn’t gotten to be brutally hot yet. Fish are actively feeding and higher salinities have many areas with very clean water right now. Delacroix is on fire and we can’t wait to take you.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
Delacroix, LA
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

April Fishing Report, New Orleans, LA



Memories that last a lifetime, Redfish that never disappoint.

Do me a favor please. Slow down your thinking for a second. Stop worrying about the tasks ahead of you. Stop worrying about your job, your obligations at home, your social media news feed. Stop thinking about all of that just for a few seconds. Now. Picture yourself on a boat. Not just any boat, but a nice, clean bay boat with plenty of room. You are out in the Louisiana marsh on a with a Louisiana charter guide from Louisiana Fishing Charters.

Your best friends or your family is with you. They are smiling. In front of you the sun is rising over the tall marsh grass and the whole scene is resemblant of something from the African sahara, only in this sahara there is plenty of water to go around. Just as you are taking a deep breath to appreciate the beauty of this scene, the fishing rod in your hand bends over as if the top end is going to go straight in the water.

On the other end of your line, a mighty redfish is fighting for his life. He’s strong and mean and doesn’t want you to win the fight. The folks around you are also experiencing the same thing. Your captain is coaching you through this experience and everyone on the boat is grinning ear to ear. After a fun fight, you see your captain reach for his net. He dips it into the water and scoops up the biggest, bronziest Louisiana redfish you have ever seen. He lugs the big red into the boat and in that moment you feel complete. You thank your redfish guide Louisiana style with a high five and that beautiful redfish goes in the ice box for you to take home and enjoy at your dinner table.

Excuse my poetic license, but here at Louisiana Fishing Charters, this is an everyday occurrence. The thing about it is, we never stop appreciating scenes like this. That’s why we became charter captains. We love this stuff and the places we fish. We don’t ever take that for granted. And truly, seeing our clients experience this for the first time, or having them come back to experience this again, keeps it fresh for us and that’s why we do this. If you’re coming to New Orleans red fishing is just a phone call away. Give us a call and let us take you on the fishing trip of a lifetime.

Captain Randall Shaw
Louisiana Fishing Charters
Delacroix, LA
www.la-charters.com
504-669-1263

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