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January 06, 2011

Early January '11 Redfish Report

After the disaster that happened in the Gulf last summer, I am happy to say the the Louisiana marsh and its great redfishery is thriving. This has been one of the best falls we have had in a number of years and look forward to great fishing carrying over to this winter.

Starting in early October the big redfish invade the marsh offering great sight casting opportunities for fly and light tackle anglers. All I am going to say is that we have had tons off opportunities at monster fish in the 25-45 lb. range.

Over the past few months, weeks and days we have been sight casting and landing hundreds of big redfish and back drum. With most days boating 5-10 fish over 25 lbs, we have also mixed in a bunch of banner days putting 25-30 fish in the boat all over 25 lbs. We have landed at least 50 reds over 30 lbs, 15 reds 35 pounds or greater, and a few over 40 lbs.

The redfish are not being too picky on what flies and light tackle lures they are eating. My favorite colors are; purple, Chartreuse, bright orange, and black. These color flies and soft plastic jigs in any combination are working really well.

Louisiana is a special place to come and sight fish for world record class red fish and black drum. I want to send out a my appreciation to all of the local crabber, shrimpers, and oysterman that helped with the prevention of oil coming into the marsh. They are the people that deserve all the credit for saving our fishery.

Captain Greg Dini
New Orleans, LA