The redfish bite continues to be pretty silly down in Venice, La. This is really a very underrated time of year and one of my favorites. The water is still a little cool and dirty so the Speckled Trout bite is still a little ways off however.
Most of the time this time of year I'm fishing the canes down river from Venice in the back pockets of the main bays. This weekend I went for something a little different working a favorite secret spot of mine. Its an underwater shelf that runs out about a half mile off the main shoreline. This shelf is 1.5' shoal that borders a drain out of a large lagoon area that feeds directly into the flow of the river. Its kind of an out of the way area so I very seldom see boats around....which is one of the beauties of the lower Mississippi River Delta, we still have some hidden secret areas to get away from the crowds.
As I approached the spot I could see the salty green gulf water meeting the ugly brown river water draining out of the lagoon. The two water met right at the edge of the shoal...prefect conditions! 2nd cast was fish on and it was almost non stop the entire time. We threw popping cords above a variety of plastics and also just bounced jigs....it really didn't seem to matter. I made several cast with a topwater but just couldn't get them to come to the top just yet. Seems that we are a few weeks away from getting water temps high enough to activate a topwater bite. Most Reds were 25-28 inches and 8-9 pounds with the biggest going 34-35" and 14-15 pounds. Just big enough to put up a heck of a fight but not wear you out to quick. I'd guess we probably averaged 40-50 fish per day.
Weather can certainly be an issue this time of year as cool windy conditions are prevalent, but there's no doubt there is an abundance of HUNGRY Redfish ready to feed. In fact, my best single month of producing fish was March of 2006 in which my clients boated 2100 speckled trout and 1500 redfish. With that being said A LOT has changed since then, but early spring is still one of my favorite times to fish. www.reelshotfishing.com