When other redfish destinations suffer summer doldrums, Louisiana turns on. Redfish country stretches south of New Orleans for 75 miles, to Venice. Fish camps at Hopedale, Port Sulphur and Empire, all the way to the Sportsman’s Lodge in Venice, are set up for single or multi-day trips. From marinas and fish camps at any of these locations, it’s a short run to the marshes, where spawning-size reds of 10 to 16 pounds congregate in schools often holding 200 to 300 fish. It’s a great opportunity to break out topwater plugs, along with the regular soft plastics, spinnerbaits and gold spoons. For bigger fish, venture out onto the beaches and open water, where you’ll find bulls well over the 20-pound mark. As a bonus, some guides will pick you up in New Orleans for a day’s fishing.