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October 03, 2013

Louisiana Offers America's Best Redfish Action

Prime fishing grounds upon the Red Delta.

Go Artificial

We cast 4-inch GULP! shrimp pinned to Berkley BDS jig heads, and although we cast a wide variety of colors with varying degrees of success, the fish definitely seemed to prefer the New Penny Gulp! shrimp with the chartreuse tails. Those outfished everything else by a wide margin. Working the Gulp! lures close to shore, we caught fish after fish, and when we slowed them down and crawled them right along the bottom, we began picking up trout.

Consistent Variety

“At certain times of year, you can catch ­redfish, trout and flounder on consecutive casts,” Sullivan said. “And no matter what direction the wind blows from, you can always find ­fishable water in Venice.” It’s true that an almost ­limitless number of potential redfish spots exist, but several hold fish consistently.

Certain channels and bays along the edge of the Louisiana Delta typically produce large fish and large numbers. We fished a lot of those, including Redfish Bay, Garden Island Bay, Blind Bay and Octave Pass, all located to the east along the edge of the open Gulf of Mexico.

On our third day of fishing, we ventured west and fished along the beach and near barrier islands in the open Gulf, because a strong north wind made it difficult to effectively work other areas. But as Sullivan pointed out, there’s always someplace to find shelter, and even in the gale, we managed to find several nice schools of fish milling around close to shore.

Multiple Bait Options

We fished GULP! lures exclusively, but these fish will strike a wide variety of artificial lures and flies, and of course, bait always works well too, whether live or dead. It’s just more fun to catch them on an artificial in my book, and topwater lures are always a great choice. Seeing a huge bull red explode on a topwater is about as exciting as anything in fishing.

Our best fishing came at a junction right off the main channel of the Mississippi itself. Water flowed hard around a point where a lone cypress tree stood, and after anchoring up-current from the point in a strategic spot, we began bombing the water on both sides of the point as close to the mud bank as we could. 

 

We hooked up almost immediately, and spent well over an hour catching and releasing one fat red after another. It was late in the day, and the sun sank and the shadows grew longer; we had to leave to get back before dark, abandoning biting fish for safety’s sake. That’s what Louisiana redfishing is like: fish in a great many places, and action from sunup to sundown. There’s nowhere else like it, a fact serious redfish fans have grown to depend on in ever-increasing numbers