Wind: 0-10 from mostly SSE through the day.
Tide: 1.5’ range based on Shell Beach station, high at 2:17 p.m., rising all day
Water Level: way up in the grass maybe 2.5 feet or more above normal
Water Temperature: ~ 80 F
Water Clarity: good in main canals, but poor (2/10) in the ponds
Water salinity: didn’t check
Weather/sky: sunny early, then scattered clouds, light rain about noon
Temperature: ~ 85 F for high
Moon: almost full
Solunar period: major around noon, just before high tide.
Launch: slipped the Hobie Compass in about 7 a.m., out at 3 p.m.
Water covered: ~ 7 miles
Other fishers: Solo
Gear: 8 weight fly rod with a spoon fly
Strategy/ patterns: blind and sight cast for redfish
Post-hurricane Ida trip #2
Lots of the gas stations and stores above the flood gates have reopened. Oyster, shrimp, and crab fishers are going again, and some of the marinas (Shell Beach, Hopedale) are open for business. I heard that the marinas on the Delacroix side are still under repairs. Mud and pooled water still cover much of the lower parish. The parking lot at Pip’s launch was unusable due to mud. I parked off the roadside and combat launched into Bayou la Loutre, headed down a canal and hit the ponds.
For the first time in a while, it was not like a sauna out in the marsh. Pretty soon it will be pleasant as fall is coming. I did not hear any shooting from teal hunters, so I watched out for decoys and eased into some favorite ponds. I was restricted to blind casting due to the dirty water, so I tried to target any little pocket, drain, intersection, or other feature that might hold a redfish. It was about 9 a.m. when caught my first redfish. I proceeded to catch a fish sporadically every hour or so. At one drain I pulled out a redfish, released it, and then caught a nice bass on the next cast. By nice bass, I mean nicer than the average marsh bass of about a foot. This one was a whopping 14.5”. I missed a few redfish that spit the hook. I ended the day with the bass and six redfish, the biggest going about 25”. Not a bad day for the very high and dirty water.