The weekend is getting close and after many near-misses like this week's tropical storm, anglers have learned that the fishing that follows is often outstanding.
The weekend is getting close and after many near-misses like this week’s tropical storm, anglers have learned that the fishing that follows is often outstanding.
A tropical storm usually means bad news for anglers
“I’m expecting to see good action, they should really start biting good, a lot of baitfish got shoved into the interior of the marsh. I don’t see nothing bad out of it, that’s for sure,” Captain Jack Payne said.
The runoff from rains and high tides often reduce water quality and sometimes create fish kills. But Tropical Storm Gordon’s surge was minor and most feel that was good news.
“We probably will see some fish kills, back up in the interior marshes and the Biloxi Marsh. I think it’s gonna be isolated areas. I don’t think it’s gonna be something that major,” Captain Robbie Campo explained.
Where are the fish biting?
So as the water begins to fall, what’s the fishing strategy to consider. For speckled trout, the feeling is that outside water may be your best bet.
“Little Lake, Shrimp Lagoon, Shell Lake, those kinds of places (will) probably produce good fishing for you,” Captain Jack Payne said.
“I always want to find clean moving water, with the presence of bait, then I’m going to use a popping cork to cover as much area as possible. Obviously, with the water falling, drains and current lines are places where I’m going to start first,” Captain Mike Gallo said.
What species are biting?
But if you’re looking for the easy score, redfish may be the ticket.
“I think if you’re fishing on the edge of lake borne with a falling tide, you better put some good lines on your poles, cause the redfish are going to be hanging in front of every one of those bayous, scratching crevices all along those rocks, along the shoreline it’s going to be redfish city,” Captain Robbie Campo said.
And if you’re looking for something different to do, there are stacks of almaco jacks in Lake Pontchartrain.
Jackervilles are easy to catch right now, but fishing can be quite a challenge, especially from a kayak.
That’s this week’s BIGFISH report, I’m Captain C.T. Williams, with WAFB 9News.
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