Chris and his buddy Chris drove in to New Orleans from Florida on Christmas Eve to catch some reds. Both of them are experienced anglers and wasted no time hauling in their limit of redfish. Before I had the chance to drop the powerpole down at the first spot, they were doubled up on reds! The redfish were scattered more than usual and some were deep in the grass beds. Several were caught by throwing a spoon deep into the grass bed and performing a slow retrieve. As usual though, the cork and live shrimp caught the most. You can't beat live bait for reds when the water temperature is down. Around noon, the bite slowed down and we alternated back and forth between a just a few spots as the tide fell. The reason being that as the water level reaches particular flow rate, or height , certain trenasses will start to hold fish. Some for bass, some for sheephead, and most will produce redfish. Though, not many bass and zero sheepshead came over the side today. Plenty undersized redfish. A good sign for next year.
It was a great time on the water with these two gentlemen.
Nathan booked a second trip after slamming the speckled trout on a previous trip. This time he brought his father, John. It was a cold morning, but everyone brought an extra layer to stay warm for the run into the marsh. By 10 am they put a three man limit of redfish in the boat using live shrimp under a cork. Once the cooler was loaded with some very healthy redfish, we tried a few spots in the Biloxi Marsh for speckled trout. A few moves, later and only a few specks on ice, Nathan asked for bass. So, we made a short run to a deep hole in a bayou on the New Orleans side and put several bass in the boat before a school of reds moved in. It turned into every cast a redfish, with most around 15". We then moved to another deep bayou closer to Lake Catherine in New Orleans and after catching one sheepshead, began catching more redfish. They ended the day with a box full of fish and great memories. Thank you, Nathan. Looking forward to the next one.
Captain Dracos Morvant Jr.