Redfish Advice?

sweetandsalt

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My experience with redfish is limited to a short stint in South Carolina but I liked it. I want to learn more and visit prime habitat this March. Bayous and Cajun cuisine sound appealing to me and I've never been to New Orleans.

So, options; stay in a hotel and hire an independent guide, a Lodge owned by an outfitter? Do we (my wife and I) stay in New Orleans and travel to fish or is there a small town near the fishing where we could have a good time?

I don't wish to spend exorbitantly but want to do it right with a guide of broad knowledge and a good boat. What do you, my fellow Forum mates, advise?
 

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He is on my list to contact. How familiar are you with your FL Mosquito Lagoon area?
 

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I've fished LA many times. I recommend getting a local guide, there's a few I've fished with out there that I can recommend you if you send me a PM.

You most likely will launch out of Hopedale, so you can stay in Chalmette, which is a bit closer but not an issue if you want to stay downtown in New Orleans also. Not much going on in Chalmette though.
 

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He is on my list to contact. How familiar are you with your FL Mosquito Lagoon area?
If I'm flats fishing, then ML is generally where I'm at. Just since it's close. I am certainly NOT an authority on it though. I'm just learning it really. But if you decide to come down this way, I'd be happy to push you around in my boat if we can make it happen. Do this: Get a guide for a few days here. Then you and me fish together, and I'll push you around in my boat while you tell me everything you learned from the guide! :D
 

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S&S, I spent three days in the Big Easy in October. Actually, I stayed in Slidell. I fished with Doug Henderson of Saled Flats. We went out of Hopedale one day and Pearlington the next. I liked Doug and he put me on fish, but never sent me a photo he took of a nice bull I caught that he said he’d send. I even texted him a month later with no response. Not that the photo is really that important, but customer service should be. That said, I’d fish with him again. If I were goi g again, and especially if I wanted some evening culture, I’d stay downtown. It’s not that much trouble to travel to the preferred ramp for the guide. Good luck and enjoy.
 

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Galveston Fly Fishing Guide - Louisiana Fly Fishing Guide | Casting Tales

This is the guide service I used.

Jeremy Chavez is great. He splits his time between Galveston and Louisiana.

Sadly, in three days of fishing I didn't catch a single fish.

Definitely have some serious casting skills. I didn't and it cost me dearly.

But if you want to hear about how I single-handedly scattered a school 50 plus redfish while shanking casts in every direction but the one I indended I'll be glad to tell you all about it.

On second thought, I can't talk about it. It's too painful.

Jeremy is great guide though and I would highly recommend him.
 

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What's your pleasure? LA "Giants" or Mosquito Lagoon "Regulars"? I would also agree regarding Greg Arnold; however, my knowledge is 4 years stale. My recollection is Gregg leaves LA marshes for FLA Panhandle Tarpon fishing. The marsh fishing tends to be late fall to early spring for the larger fish with weather vagaries. I am unfamiliar with size and seasonality of Redfishing west of LA particularly Texas coast. My east coast redfishing with a fly rod is limited to Biscayne Bay "stocked" Redfish years past. "This project(2002) was a collaborative effort involving the Mote Marine Laboratory (MML), Center for Fisheries Enhancement in Sarasota, FL and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL" However, I only caught one, a giant, in about 10 fishing days. As between LA Marshes and Mosquito Lagoon Florida... the opportunity for a big fish would select LA. But for opportunities for big Bonefish, Permit and Redfish and 40-90 Tarpon...I'd select early late spring early summer Biscayne Bay...it's hard flyfishing because site fishing is deeper, darker water...or tailing but usually just a brief moment of the tail then gone...big fish are there but most of the published success shots are with live bait...whilst there is plenty of sights and sounds in N.O. but there is higher quality on South Beach and Cuban jazz is more creative today than Orleans IMO. I guess first pick the time then pick the seasonality of the fish. BiscayneRed.jpgBicayne2.jpg
 

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My friend who has been guiding down there for 5 years says this has been the worst season by far. There have been very few days with weather conducive to sight fishing, and on those days there have been very few fish. I have been doing well in a Mississippi estuary but I have been using baitcasting gear in flood waters that look like coffee with creamer added.
 

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Jesse Register is great. He alternates between Louisiana, Mosquito Lagoon (how I know him) and South Florida for tarpon depending on the season. I was supposed to drive up and fish with him in LA but the forecast was 20MPH winds and rain, so I can't attest to the LA specific experience (hopefully soon, though!).

He has a relationship with a local fish camp/hotel close to where he fishes and also recommended a couple options for staying in New Orleans. I had planned on staying at the fish camp since I was bringing my dog and was more interested in the true "bayou" experience, not staying in the city on that trip. Not sure where he'll be in March, but if he's there he is worth a call.

Flyin' High Charters | Mosquito Lagoon Fly Fishing Guide Capt. Jesse Register Redfish and Tarpon Guide

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I haven’t seen the usual photos of the big Louisiana fish this winter. Wondered what was going on. A lot of rain has muddied and freshened up a number of normally good spots around here, guess the same is happening to the east of us.

There’s always the lower laguna madre. No rivers to speak of to mess up the clear water. Plenty of clear water shallow grass and sand flats with chances to sight fish for redfish and speckled trout. Snook are showing up in increasing size and numbers. Texas lowered the retention limits on Speckled trout several years ago and there’s some really nice trout to be caught. Bud Rowland sight cast in a foot of water with a fly rod a 15 pound plus state record fish in the LLM not too many years ago and has several 10 plus pound fish to his resume. Speckled trout take mad skills to sight cast to being very wary. Big trout are very crafty and tricky fighters and difficult to get in. Weather should be good that far south in March, although the wind could come into play.
 

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Since my trip south is only partly to fish and also to spend time with my wife's aged Mom, logistics have encouraged Mosquito Lagoon where I have never fished. On-line, I communicated with Capt. Scott MacCalla who appears to be highly experienced and has a good skiff. Do any of you know of him? He fishes NRX's so I don't need to bring a pile of rods, my Stickman T8 and a SKY#8 for my wife will make the trip.

Thank you all and, karstopo, your observations about mucked up water in LA is an important piece of data. I still want to fish there, just on a more dedicated occasion.
 

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karstopo, Do you fish this Laguna Madre area? It sounds attractive. How far a drive is it from Houston?
 

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No, I haven't fished the Lower Laguna Madre, LLM, other than one time pre-fly 30 years ago at Port Mansfield. Port Mansfield was a tiny fishing village then and I think it's not much different today. The drive to area in the NYT article is 6-7 hours from Houston.

I wish I had more experience with that area. I don't even know anyone that's fished there recently. Maybe someone with some experience will chime in or maybe there's an old thread laying around.

The trajectory over the last several years of the overall inshore saltwater fishery of the Lower and middle coasts of Texas has been reported to be good with some favorable environmental conditions and adjustments to some bag limits.
 
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