The Louisiana Fishing Guides at Hook Dat Fishing Charters have been dealing with some weird fishing conditions throughout the last week. We have been having strong winds and weak tides, which threw the fish into abnormal feeding patterns. Fish have been scattered and acting similar to straight out of winter patterns rather than the usual strong spring and summer pattern. The positive was that when you find em' you don't have to move far. You can stay on em'. But finding fish the last week is taking more time and effort but that's what we do!
We found some good speckled trout bites working oyster reefs inside Hopedale and hitting shell piles on points with bait fish and or diving birds present. We have also been finding good redfish bites while concentrating on interior marshes with large grass beds and mixed oyster reef bottoms. Also, finding diving birds put us on some good redfish bites.
Different weather and water conditions bring us to different areas on any given day. Some days we ran 70 to 80 miles to find good speckled trout fishing and on other days we stacked them up within a 15 minute boat ride in the interior marshes.
Water clarity this time of year is a big part of the success! Wind can and will blow out of any direction and will cause water in certain areas to get dirty. Since we are on the water every day, we are able to make the necessary adjustments to stay on fish this past week. The fishing was a bit tough but still had some good days. Just required a lot more running.
With Tropical Storm Cristobol moving through the area as we speak, next week as the waters recede, challenging fishing conditions will probably persist. The trick will be to get out and find areas where the water tends to clear up first and you should find fish. We will be out on the water as soon as this tropical storm moves through getting back on the bite!