With recent temps in the high 90’s and heat indexes reaching 110′, the trout have seemed to taper off but the redfish have been carrying the slack. All of this years abundant rainfall mixed with recent hot water temps has caused the underwater grass in all the bayous and ponds to bloom from the Inter coastal water way all the way to Venice. Strong grass vegetation’s makes great redfish action. What occurs when the correct amount of grass develops in certain areas is a filtration of the water making crystal clear water in a lot of areas. When the water gets that gin clear color seeing the redfish becomes easy. All you need now is bright sun shine which equals big bright red fish floating high in the ponds. When a lot of different types of fishing becomes tuff, deep in the marshes for red fish excel. We really like to focus on the marshes off the ICW from Unknown Pass all the way to the MRGO but when we are looking for the biggest and fattest redfish around there is no place better than Delacroix, from Reggio to Oak River back to Lake Leary. The trick to seeing these big red blimps in the water is elevation. Get as high as you possibly can in your boat so your vision can cut into the water rather than glancing across it. Good polarized sunglasses are essential. We simply use our Matrix Shades from our website with a Matrix hat or visor covering as much of our eyes as possible. Finding the right grass and depths of water is key. The reds love grass but nothing crazy. Too much grass can make for very difficult fishing situations. Heavy grass with nice clear channels is best. Several types of grass are out there with many names. Bottle Neck, Snot Grass, Widgeon Grass are a few. We like the snot for best visual situations it looks like a neon green on the banks but the bottle neck grass seems to hold the healthiest fish. Bottle neck grass stems in a strait line from the bottom with smaller stems off the main stem. It sure is an exhilarating technique of fishing this way because you get to see all the sea life like it is in your own aquarium. From stingrays to crabs to mullet and even gators and garfish are constantly swimming around the boat while you are looking for the ever illusive Red Fish. Make sure your boat drafts less than 14″ inches and be careful. If getting in the water to push the boat off a mud flat is out of the question it may not be for you. But those who do it know there is nothing more exciting in the fishing world of Louisiana. Make sure to check out all of our sight fishing videos on DockSide TV there is plenty of them. www.MatrixShad.com
Author: Chas Champagnehttp://matrixshad.com
Capt. Chas Champagne is an avid angler, located in Slidell, LA. Capt. Chas owns and operates Dockside Bait & Tackle and also manufactures his own tackle producing the Matrix Shad fishing lure and the Golden Eye jig heads.