Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Nick Sassic prepares to release a healthy Louisiana redfish back into Barataria Basin. All photos by John Frazier
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

This 12-pound red represented the average size fish we encountered in four days of fishing.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

The redfish we found on our trip were all eager eaters. At times, it seemed as though these fish would have eaten a bare hook.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

All of the fish we brought boatside looked well fed and healthy. Even the ones that were short in length had huge heads and broad shoulders.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Mid-November through January is a good time of year to visit the Louisiana marsh for average-size to extra-large redfish.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters publisher poses with 20-plus-pound fish that fell for a small black and purple deep silouette.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

If you travel to Louisiana this time of year, make sure to pack plenty of warm clothes - it can get awfully chilly on the marsh.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Since you can (and probably will) find redfish in the 20-plus-pound range, bring tackle that's a little more stout than what you might use for smaller fish. We preferred 9-weight rods.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Using reels that have a fast pickup ratio are advantageous. Floating fly lines should be all you need for Louisiana reds.
Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

Reds of the Louisiana Marsh

The water in Louisiana is often dirty - making it difficult to spot fish from any distance - so quick accurate casts are critical.