“Play the Day”
We are now into the thick of winter. Continuous fronts, wicked winds and cold water temperatures have now set it. The key to consistently catching this time of year is to be versatile. Lucky for South Louisiana Anglers we have a lot of species to choose from and that’s what you need when approaching erratic weather. These are the conditions that match the species to chase.
South and Easterly winds on warmer of days:
Chase the trout. Bites may be far and few between but the quality is there. Weather you try your luck on the causeway, or the trestle or even SeaBrook the trout you land in January are typically large. Trolling Rattle Traps and jigging matrix Shad on 5/16 golden is best bet.
Blue bird days after a front:
These days usually offer the coldest of temps and the lowest of water levels. This is redfish days. Focus on deep man made canals close to large pond systems. The reds are forced out of the ponds and have to go to the nearest deep water to survive. Matrix Shad on a 3/8oz golden eye is the best bet.
Go deep in the woods and chase the beloved sacalait up the west and east pearl river systems. This is one of our favorite things to do as, I just rigged my crappie poles just before I sat down to write this report. Matrix Mini’s under a cork on a 1/16 or tight lined on a 1/8 is the trick.
Finally when all else fails the bass will stay thick in the marshes off the ICW all winter. They are the easiest to catch and a great bail out on a tough day. Matrix Shad on 1/4 oz heads best bet.
We have a multitude of great videos chasing all different species of fish during the winter to make sure to subscribe to our DockSideTV channel and until next time good fishing.