|FALL & WINTER ARE MINNOW TIME
|FLY CASTING TIPS --- BE ON TOP OF YOUR GAME FOR
3 SHORT CUTS TO CASTING BETTER 1)PRACTICE - 2)
PRACTICE - 3)PRACTICE
- Practice casting at targets. Increased success comes
from being able to cast to the target quickly and
accurately. Tip: Pick a spot where you want the fly to
land when fishing and not look at the fish except with
periphery vision. You will be much more accurate in
putting the fly where it needs to be and not line or spook
the fish as often.
- Practice in windy conditions. A light wind in saltwater
fishing is less than 10 mph with 10-15 mph winds being
the norm. Cast with, into, and across the wind.
DO NOT MAKE IT TOUGHER THAN IT IS!!
- Learn to judge distances Ranges to targets will vary
from 10 feet to 50 feet, with the average distance being
25 feet.. Casting to close targets can be difficult so you
may want to be better at these than the 50 footers.
- REMEMBER A 20 FOOT CAST = 9' ROD + 9' LEADER +
2' FLYLINE = 20'
- Big reds do not become big reds by being stupid. They
seem slow and show up close making them seem easy,
but they are deceivingly fast, ghostly, and can be
frustrating if you are not prepared!
Tips for catching reds on fly
- When casting to a redfish with fly, remember to cast to
the side opposite of the sun so a shadow will not be
cast upon the fish.
- Place the fly about a foot in front & a foot past the line of
travel of the fish so when the strip is made it is in the
- When reds are coming at you, place the fly just short of,
and left or right of the fish. It will hear the fly hit, look for
it and once you begin stripping, attack it.
- Once a fish begins to move on the fly, keep it moving
like it is trying to get away. No bait waits to be eaten!
- If a red misses your fly or you strike too early, cast back
to the area with a smack of the fly on the water. This
helps the fish locate what it missed. Be ready because
this is usually a hard take!
- Nothing will make your fishing day better, more
enjoyable, and relaxing than practicing your casting
before a trip. Short cast under 30' are critical.
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We usually fish in the Port Sulphur
area. However, we know the water
of almost all of Plaquemines
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Louisiana Red fish are not typically leader shy. We
normally use tippets from 15-20#.
Mono or fluorocarbon work fine and bite or shock
tippets are not needed.
Do not be afraid to shorten leaders to 7 feet on
Check out our hand tied leaders on the
Kosmic Flies Page
| Fall is the beginning of our prime season for redfish. As the water cools the number one pattern will
be minnow imitations. Use your favorite minnow pattern in different sizes and colors and success is
only a cast away!
Black drum are liking rootbeer & brown Drummer Boy's . Rising tides later in the day make them a
Typical reds are around earlier in the day. Krimps and Kreatures are best over oysters and in the
southern marsh along the coast. Use larger flies like Geaux Meaux's, T-Meaux's, and B-3's when
by Kirby LaCour
Tired of fishing flies that break
apart after a couple of fish?
Want flies that hold up after
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Well check out our Kosmic Flies,
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specifications if you cannot find
what you want on our list.
Casting / Spinning Tackle Tips
Winter fishing can be very fun for redfish and frustrating for
specks. Water temperature plays a vital role in your
success. Water clarity, wind, and tides will also help you pin
point great fishing spots. Remember, deeper water is
warmer water for specks so fishing the bottom is going to be
best on most days. Reds will stay shallow until the water
drops below 45 degrees. Areas with oysters seem to hold
more fish. A flat that has a deep water hole next to it is prime.
While both reds and specks are tenacious and will strike
lures 3-6 inches in length, scale down in colder months to
popcorn beetles and baby bull cocahoe minnows.
This style of fishing will last through February and into
March. BIGGEST TIP: If the weather looks good, go fishing.
Remember the tide is usually lower in the morning this time
I prefer Berkley's Fireline in 20#(14# will give you longer
casts) on my spinning and baitcasters. It does not cut your
hands, or guides and has all the other braid qualities and
you can pick out those backlashes or spinning gremlins
better than most braids and mono. For spooky fish or
clearer water I will attach a 12-16" piece of 16# flourocarbon
via a double uni knot (this knot you can see on you tube, but I
make 8 turns in the braid & 6 turns in the mono or flouro). Always
remember to put 30-40 yds of mono on the reel spool and attach
the Fireline or any other braid to it. It will keep the line from
spinning on the spool when under pressure
I also prefer the weighted rattle corks with the spring loaded
hook clips( picture below) If you rinse them they will last through
a number of trips, but the best thing is to go from cork fishing to
jig hopping, or vice versa just undo the line from the clips and
not have to cut and retie.
Speckled trout can be caught on many different colors of plastics
under the cork. My favorite summer colors are brown/chartreuse
tail, avocado /red flake, & chartreuse/red tail popcorn bettle.
Winter colors: black/chartreuse, purple/white, purple/chartreuse,
& avocado. Coincidently, reds like the same colors in summer
Jigs for specks can be the standard saltwater stainless hook. 1/0
size is best. Redfish jigs should have strong extra sharp heavy
Speckled trout jig head Redfish jig head
Summer favorites Winter favorites
Specks & Reds
Average number of reds per day? Fly
4-8: tackle 8+. Larger catches very possible.
Best time of year? Sept. through
December is prime
June through August secondary. Jan, Feb,
March can be fantastic if weather cooperates.
Prime times need to be booked 1-2 years in
Fly rods 7-9 wt, 10wt for bulls
WFF flylines one size heavier than rod weight
Casting & spinning rods 6 1/2 feet, med.
action, Reels with 150 yd capacity of 12#
mono or 120 yd. of 20# braid.
clip on rattle cork