Hot fishing in January? Believe it! The New Year had brought many surprises, including great weather, lots of baitfish, and excellent fishing.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
We are still seeing speckled trout here and there in Lake Borgne and the Louisiana Marsh. However, the temperature, winds, and steady bite has kept us focused mainly on sheepshead and redfish. The sheepshead bellies have been full of barnacles and mussels. The redfish are packed full of shrimp.
If we find areas full of “rat” reds (undersized fish), we are staying put. The bigger fish have been nearby – we just tag and release the smaller fish. Whatever bait we are using, we try to use the largest ones we have to get the bigger fish to bite.
Our main focus has been playing the colder winds. Whichever direction the winds are blowing, we are doing everything we can to hide. Tide has also played a huge role in where we are going. The ultra-low water we had between Christmas and New Year left many areas we like to fish high and dry.
After that, it’s about finding structure. Bridges, piers, reefs, and/or shells are where we have been finding the best fishing. Of course, having moving water and baitfish (shrimp, mullet, etc.) is the icing on the cake.
Truth be told, we haven’t seen fishing this good in January in a while, so we are just enjoying it while we can. Hopefully, these conditions and fish will continue for the next several weeks.
You definitely need to be extra-cautious with the weather conditions. Bundle up, leave later, and let somebody know where you’re going and when you’re going to return. Go have some fun, and make this year your best one ever.
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