The early winter months are the top season for targeting big Redfish in the Louisiana marsh. So when Tom calls and is in the need for a fishing partner, I jump in the car.
Captain Tom Campbell follows the best fishing around the gulf og Mexico, so for the months from November trough January -Louisiana is Tom's home water.
This time a cold front had just passed, so even for a post scandinavian it was bitterly cold. Blessed by blue sky and some calm winds, we had some really great days of fishing.
The days started with a lot of wind and for some reason the fish were spooky in the morning. Close to lunchtime the wind died down and the fish showed up.
We saw some really big fish and tight line to a really big Sheepshead - but the big one got away
For those of you that still has Louisiana on the bucket list, I can only say "you gotta try it"!
Fishing is fishing, so you will encounter spooky fish and you you will probably get a zero day, but all in all, I don't think there's a better place to chaise big Reds. In general the small fish are the hardest to catch! The bigger Red seems to be more relaxed and even if spooked, it might just take a snack in form of a fly
My fly of choice has not changed for the last 10 years. For the first 8 years it was always olive, but last year Tom had me tie up some black and purple variant too. He swears by the black one for for the black drums, but if I only could carry one fly, I would go for the Olive.. It got a Big profile and dives fast.
As everyone that ever fished the Marsh knows, clean water can be a bit of a challenge. I don't know how Tom knows where to find it, but somehow he does. Clear water in louisiana is not like clear water other places! If you can see more that 2 feet down, then it is considered clear, and you should feel lucky.
Often the big fish will sit on the bottom and suddenly float up for just a split second to reveal their presence. You then have a split second to decide whats the head and whats the tail. If you choose the wrong end, you're usually out of luck. But if you guessed correct, and manage to place the fly on the correct end of the fish, you have a fairly goos chance for a pretty good fight! And make no mistakes! A + 20 lb redfish makes up a pretty good fight!
Rarely do you need long casts, and surprisingly the short casts are often the difficult ones. If you plan to go, then practice the fast and precise cast. A short leader will often help!
Back in 2015 I made a short video from a trip to Louisiana
After a one hour run on Garys boat we stopped to fish a shoreline in a protected cove. Red fish were seen pushing water in several places. As we approached the pushes several mud clouds were seen. After an hour or so we had landed at least a dozen reds. On the first day we could do no wrong in catching reds. The next day was a different story. We went to the outside and saw very few fish so we returned to the spots we fished the day before. Even though we weren't skunked we only landed 4 fish all day.