Winter is now upon us and it might be easy to spend a lot of time inside, but for those who like adventure it’s a great time to launch your kayak and catch red fish. Winter fishing requires a little more planning and here are a few tips to keep you safe. First, let someone know your float plan and let them know what time you expect to be home. Second, try to partner up and avoid going by yourself. Third, check the weather prior to departure. Fast moving cold fronts can sport sixty mile an hour straight line winds and temperatures can plummet. Fourth, dress in layers and bring dry clothes just in case. Hypothermia can be fatal.
Winter kayak trips take a little more planning, but when the result includes a pretty day, no crowds and big reds, the extra effort is well worth it.
As far as catching red fish, nothing beats live minnows under a cork or a minnow hooked onto a jig head. As the water temperature drop, the redfish get lazy and your presentation must be slower. I look for run outs, points or pinch points that have moving water. I’ve found redfish like to “lay up” just outside the current line and wait for food to come to them during the colder months.
Both sides of LA1 are great for reds this time of the year. The TPH is not the only place to fish. The bay side of the road is great fishing too. You can scout your spot as you cross the newly opened extension to the Leeville bridge that connects to Fourchon. Bridge Side Marina will be open with all the supplies and hot coffee you’ll need. Don’t worry about it being crowded this time of the year. I usually let things warm up a little bit before making my trips. Being out on the water before sun up isn’t necessary. I’ve also found that when it gets in the low forty degree range it’s not fishing anymore – it’s survival. Pick a nice day after a cold front and you’ll have fun.