I combined a couple of recent trips in this post.
Wind: 5mph from NW-NE on July 28, on Aug. 4 it was 10 mph from E, then died and came hard out of the NW with a storm
Tide: rising both days with decent range
Water: low on 7-28, a bit high and up in the grass on 8-4
Water Temperature: ~ 88 F on 7-28, 83 F on 8-4
Water Clarity: fair, 2 ft. visibility both days
Water salinity: a little salty on 7-28, saltier on 8-4 – maybe 6 ppt
Weather/sky: overcast both mornings, had to come in from a storm on 8-4
Temperature: ~ 75 F early, going up to about 85-90 F
Moon: just after full on 7-28, 2/3 and waning on 8-4
Solunar period: minor morning period on 7-28, strong period at 7-8 am on 8-4
Time on the water: slid the Hobie Outback kayak in at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. respectively, driving home about noon both days.
Water covered: ~ 3 miles each trip
Other fishers: solo trip
Game Plan: fish marsh at edge of Rigolets/Lake St. Catherine and be ready to run down schools of jacks should they surface
Gear: #8 fly rod and #10 fly rod
Lures used: Waldner’s spoon fly in gold, small yellow popper with black wooly bugger dropper, chartreuse clouser, purple wooly bugger, large clouser on the #10 rod for jack crevalle
I got on the water early on 7-28 and fished the lights of about 5 camps along the shoreline canal (no luck) and then headed out into the marsh to the west of the Ft. Pike launch when the sun came up. I was watching for jack crevalle out in the lake as I fished the ponds. I caught some nice bass here last year so I threw out a popper/dropper combo hoping to connect with one. Finally I got a small bass to take the popper by casting into a little bayou that was draining into a small pond.
I fished the little cuts and drains off the ponds and eventually connected with some small redfish. They preferred the dropper wooly bugger to the popper. An 18” red destroyed the fly so I tied on an epoxy spoon fly and got a couple more small reds to bite. I had spooked some redfish coming into the ponds so I swung around and went back a couple hundred yards to drift the bank again. I looked out into Lake St. Catherine and saw a shower of mullet in fear for their lives. I switched rods and took off after them but the fish had gone down. I looked and saw another shower of mullet being chased into the Rigolets Pass about 200 yards down and moving away. No way to catch up to that. I went back into the marsh and managed to catch another undersized redfish and then headed in as the sun began to heat things up.
I got on the water about 6 am on 8-4 as the lights of the camps were turning off. There was a stiff wind-blown chop out in the open water with occasional white caps so I went into the marsh. The water was higher and saltier and I was tossing a chartreuse clouser and thinking I might find a flounder if I worked the fly slowly in the cuts. After an hour or so with no luck I put on a purple wooly bugger with no lead. The water I was fishing was 1-3 ft, so the fly did not need to sink much any way. The first fish of the day was a needlefish. I literally yanked it into the kayak when I set the hook. Later I caught a small redfish and then got a croaker. I got a decent keeper sized redfish (released it) around an old duck blind and then noticed the wind had died. A big thunder cloud that was being pushed away by the wind now began to build higher and suddenly a cool wind blew by me in the wrong direction. The storm was brewing and heading my way so I hightailed it for the truck. I almost made it to the launch but had to tuck myself under under the roof of Vinot’s Marina as the rain poured down. The rain stopped after about 15 minutes and I got the kayak loaded up and headed for the house about noon. It was disappointed not to see any “Pontchartrain yellowfins” today, but I’ll keep hunting for them.