Before water temps plummet into the low 50’s and winter truly fully sets into action and water levels still high enough to get into the shallows make sure to check out Bob’s Bayou and Bayou Platte. These bayous are excellent fall and winter time spots. There natural winding curves and interjecting bayous and ditches provides a heaven of bait fish and current perfect for trout in reds toward the end of every year. Recently a DockSide Employee Nick and I decided to take a mid day fishing trip deep into the ICW marshes and found a hard falling tide with some very hungry fish. Rat reds have been close to a nuisance so far this year which is a good thing for the future. As far as their stock right now though you have to catch 5 rats to get a keeper but how much fun it is and a good problem to have. We entered our first stop in a very winding bayou I used to enjoy fishing. We started at the sweet spot where 3 bayous meet to check and see if there was any life there. I knew if we couldn’t get bit there we prob were wasting our time in entire bayou. After a few minutes and no bites in the trisecting bayous I almost left writing the bayou complete off, but then ‘There he is’ Nick shouted flipping a 15′ trout in the boat then I casted right behind boating a 17′ red and the confidence now grew and the rout was on. Now with positive belief we began our drift down the bayou with countless bends and turns with interjecting bayous. Every time we came to a bend our mouth of a ditch the bite was on each sweet spot yielded 3-10 fish and the box filled up. Check out the video as it shows the action and gives good tips on winter time fishing the ICW. Lure of day ‘Pink Champagne’ Matrix Shad My all time winter color Bright Bubble Gum Pink
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.