Visiting the local hospital was necessary in order to have our arms reattach to our shoulders.
This time of the year the fishing really heats up in the southeast. After months of hot humid weather the air chills, the water temperature change and the fish become active. Do we head to the mountains for trout, lakes for largemouth bass, over to the coast for migratory false Albacore, or perhaps schooling reds?
Well, trout fishing is just getting started again and will be around for the next several months, largemouth bass are around all year with ebbs and peeks, and the False Albie bite will just keep getting better for the next month. On the other hand, the thrill of sight casting to singles, doubles and schools of red drums is peeking this time of year so, it’s time for a road trip. Judy and I load the truck and head over to Port Sulphur LA staying at Woodland Plantation fishing with a couple local guides. Judy loves spin casting where I much prefer holding a 9’ 9wt., with 20lbs leader and a good fly on the end of the line.
This neck of the woods has been very good to us previously regarding hospitality, accommodations and yes, the strike, set / strip set and flight of aggressive reds. From the marshes, to the bays, the open waters on the west or east side of the Mississippi River reds call these waters home.
This year arriving at the plantation we’re informed that the water temperature remains a bit warm and the bite is a bit off. Not what you want to hear after a twelve hour drive. How things change overnight and in order to participate you must have been present. Meeting Matt at the dock, out guide, the next morning the word is floating about of reports of schooling bull reds along the coast. The reports are spot on and for the next three days Matt and Michael, our other guide, show us an amazing display of red fish Armageddon!
Watching those huge school of bull red fish busting the surface was absolutely insane. No doubt, if you were in position to cast into the school it was an automatic hookup. After that it really got exciting especially if we were doubled up, which occurred several times, with each of us trying to pers