July 6, 2022
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
Hope everyone had a safe, fun and fishy Fourth of July holiday. We have been thoroughly enjoying the outstanding conditions and fishing.
Our biggest hurdle has been these pop-up storms. Luckily, the fishing has been incredible very close to home. The bridges, near-shore reefs and beaches have all been fishy. On the calmer days, the Louisiana Marsh has been as good as we’ve seen it in a very long time. My last trip to the barrier islands was very uplifting. The water was clean, and the grass beds looked the better than I’ve seen in over 5 years!
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We are waiting for the big summer push of white shrimp. The last few trips, I’m fairly certain I’ve seen a few jumping, very close to the beaches. When this happens, and I don’t know how it’s possible, but our trout fishing could get even better!!! Another plus, you can cast net these tasty crustaceans - off piers and sometimes right off the beaches. In years past, when we avoided spill way openings, areas near Washington Street, Cedar Point, Bayou Caddy, and Henderson Point can be loaded with big shrimp.
No matter if you’re cast-netting or fishing, whereever these shrimp are concentrated, I can assure you the fish are nearby. Trout, reds, flounder, triple tail, whatever will follow the unlucky push of shrimp and feed like mad. Diving birds will easily point the way to the fish when this happens. If you are catching nothing but catfish, move to the next flock.
A simple popping cork rig with two feet of 20-lb leader, a 3/8-ounce jig head and a good soft plastic (Matrix) will get it done. If you’re catching small trout, try fishing without the cork and see if the bigger fish are down deeper.
It has been an unbelievable couple of weeks. Please get the kiddos out on the water to experience our amazing fishery. Keep what you need, and leave some for another day.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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