Fishin' Game Report: Knock on wood, fishin' promising at Lafitte
Frank Davis / Fishing Expert
The one thing my fishing guides and I can guarantee every week is that
there's no guarantee as to what you can catch every week!
Take this past Thursday, for example. We caught some really weird stuff.
Mostly inedible! And no keepers! All because the weather was awful—windy, low
water, dirty water, no tide, and continual spotty rain. But regardless, we still
needed to illustrate the Lafitte fishing story. And while totally
unconventional, we did just that! In wood! Check out the webpage video.
“The early part of this week we had absolutely no problem catching both
trout and redfish,” Capt. Phil explained. “We didn’t have to resort to
wooden mockups like you saw Thursday on The Fishin’ Game Report just to
illustrate what kind of action is really happening in Lower Barataria.”
Robichaux, usually with a really jovial demeanor, got serious at this point.
“Until this morning’s front came through, practically every day this week
and last week we caught fish—not just a few fish, but limits and near limits.
We took trout and reds consistently from Lake Salvador, the Rigolettes, and many
of the bigger lakes and bays, using the white sparkle beetle on a quarter-ounce
lead head jig under a small popping cork.
“Now, this Saturday and Sunday the water could still be a little dingy from
all the marsh runoff and the tidal action, but all you need to do to counter
that if you come fishing here this weekend is exercise a little more patience
and fish just a tad bit slower than usual.”
Robichaux then presented me with the scientific litany behind his claim. He
said Saturday and Sunday the water may still be a little on the cold side—it
registered 51 degrees Thursday, a chilly temperature for most game fish species.
That means that since fish are cold-blooded animals, which means their
temperature will be the same as their surroundings, they are going to be just as
chilly as the water.
Consequently, their habits—like feeding—won’t be so pronounced; they’ll
move onto and take the bait a lot slower than usual.
Furthermore, you have to seriously take into account that the recent foul
weather circumstances (water leaking off the marsh, wind-blown currents that
roll muddy bottoms over, strong tides, etc.) will cause the water on the chosen
fishing grounds to remain a skosh dirty.
“Dirty water makes both natural and artificial baits hard to find,”
Robichaux added. “So once the fish—trout or red—finds the bait, you
absolutely must give it time to mouth it, test it, taste it, and take it before
setting the hook. It’s this one technique that will make the difference in
whether or not you go home with fish in your ice chest at the end of the trip.”
Now, when you watch this week’s “Fishin’ Game Report,” don’t let
the shtick of catching wooden fish from a boat still on a trailer that’s
parked on the bank near the water distract you from the “real report.” I
needed to give you the true forecast for this weekend so that you can plan your
fishing accordingly. So rather than just talk into the camera lens, I added a
touch of theatrics to hold your attention. Hopefully you got the drift and the
Finally, just for the record, I’m the only person that Capt. Phil ever
fishes “wooden fish” with (it takes a special talent to do that, I tell
you!). So if you want to make a trip with him or any of his guide team staff, I
promise that what you catch will have scales on ‘em. . .not splinters. So if
that interests you, Capt. Phil’s number is 504-689-2006.
In the meantime, don’t take any wooden nickels, uh, trout! Be safe and
courteous out there, y’all!
P.S. By the way, Thursday morning was the first time I caught wooden fish
since I plucked them out of the oval galvanized tank in Kiddieland at
Pontchartrain Beach way back in its heyday! Who says you can’t go home again?