The Louisiana coastal marsh is a fantastic sight fishing venue. You simply have to experience it to believe it, but the numbers and size of the reds found in the marsh beats anywhere we have seen or even heard of. In our experience, there are few saltwater destinations located in the continental United States that have held up so well despite all that human development and Mother Nature’s storms have done to destroy it. It is simply stunning how rich, vibrant and full of life the marshes are south of “The Big Easy.” Around every corner, in every bay, creek, or backcountry pond there are large, plentiful and eager redfish. From the popular winter fishing for the bull reds (often exceeding 30 pounds) to the reliable spring and summer fishing for tremendous numbers of 5-15 pounders, the Louisiana Gulf coast is a saltwater fly angler’s paradise.
The marsh is a huge labyrinth of small islands, channels, ponds, bayous, bays, and flats that seems to go on endlessly to the Gulf of Mexico. Another amazing facet to the fishery is the fact that nobody else fishes it! The area is accessed by our guides’ top of the line skiffs (Hell’s Bay, Burton, East Cape, Maverick, Ranger). Nearly all of these areas can only be reached with a proper flats boat, so you almost never see other anglers while you are out; guaranteeing consistent shots for uneducated reds when conditions are favorable.
All fishing is done from the boat as the muddy flats are too soft to wade. However, all anglers are amazed at the sight of redfish cruising in as little as 5-6 inches of water. The water in the marsh is a bit off-color when compared to other fisheries such as the Laguna Madre in Texas, but all of your fishing is done sight casting to individuals, small pods and often tremendously large schools of fish. Casts are typically in the 10-30 foot range, making it a fishery that anglers of any skill level can have great success. Just pick up the line, one false cast, and bang’em on the head and they will eat it!
FISHING EQUIPMENT PROVIDED
The gear required for fishing the marsh is not sophisticated. Anglers want an 8 weight rod for the spring and summer fishing and a 9-10 weight for the winter fishing. Our fly fishing captains provide all flies and terminal tackle required for no extra charge. In many cases we can also arrange for you to borrow fly rods and reels as well as spinning gear outfits. Pretty much just show up with a fishing license, appropriate clothing and polarized sunglasses and you are ready to go fishing.
NOTE FOR CONVENTIONAL ANGLERS
If you or anyone in your party are not fly anglers, you can certainly enjoy phenomenal fishing with your traditional casting or spinning rods. We also can organize trips with the best conventional gear / spin fishing guides in the gulf.
SPRING & SUMMERTIME FISHING
Everyone is seduced by the idea of giant bull reds in the wintertime. Don’t overlook the spring and summer fishing! The marsh is loaded with zillions of happy medium sized reds often tailing in super shallow water. The spring and summertime weather is normally much more predictable as well. Our captains also frequently find huge schools of hundreds of large bull reds gathered together chasing bait on the beaches. This fishing can often be more exciting and consistent than the wintertime bull red fishing.
Although the fly fishing guides mainly target redfish, the marsh is also loaded with speckled trout, sheepshead and enormous black drum. In the spring & summer months it is also very common to run into large schools of cooperative jack crevalle (up to 30 pounds) as well.
SUMMERTIME NEARSHORE EXPLORATORY FISHING
Some of our guides are currently exploring the opportunity to consistently combine trophy redfish fishing with other species such as cobia, tarpon, jacks and red snapper. The Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi is rich with these other species, although calm conditions must be present to enjoy success for both schooling bull reds and these other species. Inquire for details if you are interested in exploring something totally unique.
Want to combine a few days of redfish with some offshore fishing for yellow fin tuna, wahoo, blue marlin, mahi-mahi, blackfin tuna, grouper, and much more? Although there are no offshore captains well versed in fly fishing for these other species, they are learning. One of our fly fishing guides can accompany you on an offshore charter to lend a hand in targeting these species on conventional gear and on the fly.