Guest Post by Aaron Metrejean
This summer, there has been an unusual amount of southern winds that insist on pushing water into the marshes of Pointe aux Chenes (pronounced: point-aw-shin), where, typically, you can find the shallowest of flats around. With water levels unusually high, the redfish, like every other species of fish, push further into where the bait hides. This forces anglers to change tactics and fish the very edges of the grass and the backs of pockets whereas on a typical day it is not uncommon to find tails and dorsals high out of the water waving from the middle of ponds.
The best method of locating fish in the marsh is to first find clean, moving water. Picture the fish you’re after in an ambush position and present your lure as if it were part of the natural environment. On a recent weekend trip, we found healthy slot reds in the small calm ponds along the edges of larger water where the wind and current had whipped the turbidity into a cloudy mess. The small, shallow pockets and ponds did not experience as high of a “mixing” and held the fish I was after.
Successful lures were purple and chartreuse jigs and gold spoons. There are some enormous schools of shad and minnows in the marsh right now, so the bite was not as aggressive but still there. Retrieving the lure just below the visible range produced the most bites with no fish found on the very bottom.