Kayak fishing report from Hopedale, LA 2-10-19
Wind: 15-20 mph from E
Tide: little range predicted, but wind had the water moving well
Water Level: a little above normal
Water Temperature: ~ 58-62 F
Water Clarity: pretty good, about 2-3 feet
Water salinity: very fresh – no salt detected
Weather/sky: mostly cloudy, fog started to roll in later in the evening
Temperature: ~ 60-70 F
Moon: first quarter
Solunar period: minor ~ 10 a.m., major ~ 5 p.m.
Time on the water: slid the Hobie Outback kayak in at 10:45 a.m., driving in at 6 p.m.
Water covered: ~ 6 miles
Other fishers: Sean R. and Jeff W.
Game Plan – troll canals for trout on the way out to the marsh, then switch to targeting redfish.
Gear: Spinning combo with #15 braided line and 6 ft. of #15 mono joined with a FG knot for jig trolling. #8 fly rod for the marsh
Lures: chartreuse Waldner spoon fly, ¼ oz jig with plastic bait to target trout: Matrix shad (lemon), Vudu shrimp (natural)
We launched later in the morning since a cold front had passed through recently. I like to let the fish warm up a bit this time of year, plus it’s nice to sleep in.
We started trolling jigs behind our kayaks as we moved slowly up a canal on the way to the marsh. Sean caught several specks by the time we reached the end of the canal, and a few made the 12” size cut. I caught 3, and one was 12.25”.
I left Sean throwing a hard bait over an oyster bed at the mouth of a pond. The last I saw of him, he was pulling in a small trout. I headed up into a tight bayou, maybe 25 ft. wide, to get out of the wind so I could cast the fly rod. I was blind casting to likely spots due to the wind. I picked up 3 redfish of 25”, 20”, and 16” (released). The little one had 16 spots.
About 3 o’clock I started back toward the truck and began trolling. I had lots of “taps” from small fish and would occasionally hook up. The majority of the specks were undersized, and the keepers were between 12 and 13”. The bite was pretty good at intersections. We stopped where activity was high and got lots of “taps” about every cast. Jeff caught a couple of redfish, several small trout and a bonus flounder. I ended up with 6 trout in my bag that will go into trout cakes tonight.