By Louis Cahill
The big winter redfish of Louisiana make anglers hearts race, but there are some serious challenges.
Hooking a thirty pound redfish on a fly is a hoot! The big bulls you find in the marsh around New Orleans this time of year are bullies. As tough a fighters as you’ll find anywhere and simply beautiful. I try to make the pilgrimage every year for the shot at great fish but it’s far from a given.
The fish themselves are aggressive. If you can put a fly close enough for them to see it, the take is usually vicious. The challenges don’t lie with the fish, but with the conditions. The winter weather is unpredictable to say the least. When I ask my friend and guide Jessie Register what the odds of having a clear day are he replied, “no better than 50/50.”
Without light, finding these fish in the dark water of the marsh is a daunting task. If the wind is disturbing the surface of the water, forget it. You may still find a fish tailing in shallow water but you’ll work for it. Of course, targeting the smaller fish who are more predictable is always a good option but light is a huge plus when you’re hunting the big boys.
It’s not uncommon to have days where fishing isn’t even an option. I’ve been pushed off the water by lightning and horizontal rain on several occasions. I’ve had days what rivaled winter steelheading for pure suffering cold. I fished with a buddy last year and we had terrible weather. We fished two days and bailed on the third. We only saw six fish. We caught all six and only one was under thirty pounds. I’ll take that.
When you do have good weather, if you can cast the huge flies and put them on a fish’s nose, hold onto your hat. It’s going to be fun. If you plan a winter redfish trip, just remember, it’s all about showing up and working for your fish. Don’t give up if you have bad weather. That big bull is out there for you.Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com email@example.com Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!