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Louisiana Saltwater Fishing At Cajun Fishing Adventures

 

The Mississippi River Delta is widely recognized as a one of the top fisheries worldwide – both inshore & offshore. One of the many reasons “North America’s Largest River, the Mississippi, is drainage for 37% of all North America feeds the Delta with nutrient-rich freshwater. This creates a massive Louisiana inshore fishing nursery for the base food sources that all of the wildlife need that inhabit in and around the Delta. Because of the unmatched food source, gamefish of all species gravitate toward the Delta and some even call it home. Our stretch of the Delta represents nearly 14% of all US wetlands.

 
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Within the inshore marshes and bays of the lower Mississippi River Delta, resides the very best Redfish estuary in saltwater. They thrive in immense numbers year-round. There are many good areas to fish for Redfish, but our marshes provide for the most prolific catching anywhere.


 

The ever-popular Spotted Seatrout call the Mississippi Delta home in large schools, early spring though summer out on the fringes of the Delta. As the year progresses, the Mississippi River levels fall & the Spotted Seatrout move into many areas of the Delta for the remainder of the year, even within the banks of the river for a while. Since these Seatrout are mainly schooling, large numbers can be caught in a short time frame.

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Gulf Flounder are not easy to target specifically, but are a daily surprise on the end of a bent fishing rod. Not only are they fun to catch but they’re also great eating!


 

Seasonally, we will see big schools of Jack Crevalle that are one of the strongest fights you will experience in light tackle saltwater fishing. Also, Sheepshead are another fun fish to sight fish around most areas of the Delta.

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New! Louisiana Licensing Available at Cajun Fishing Adventure’s Lodge in Buras Only $10 per person for 3 day Charter License.

  Security & Cancellation Policy: A $150 security deposit is required per person/per day at time of booking to reserve your date and will be applied to the final invoice which is only refundable until 14 days prior to trip date. For cast and blast trips the deposit will be $300 per person/per day. Reservations are not considered firm until deposit is received.

Cancellation Policy: We accept cash, check, VISA, Master Card, American Express, & Discover. No shows will forfeit deposit (i.e., 10 person trip booked, 7 show up, the other 3 spots forfeit deposit.) If CFA cancels the trip due to tropical storms or severe weather, we will reschedule your trip within one year of the original scheduled dates.

IF YOUR METHOD OF PAYMENT IS A CREDIT CARD, A 3% FEE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR FINAL INVOICE

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Louisiana Fly Fishing at Cajun Fishing Adventures

 

One of the oldest known methods of fishing, fly-fishing, adds a new dimension in the angler’s quest for adventure in southeast Louisiana. These tranquil waters are teeming with shallow-water, sight-fishing opportunities for Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Spotted Seatrout among other Louisiana game fish.

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Things To Do Before Your Trip

Casting

Good casting is the most essential of all the skills necessary to fly fish saltwater. You will need to be able to cast quickly and accurately out to a maximum of 50 feet. Most targets will be in the 10-30 foot range. To increase your chances of success, you must be able to quickly present the fly to the fish. A fish will eat a properly presented fly most of the time; but a poorly presented fly will either spook the fish or will be refused almost every single time. Your best chance to hook up is to make a quick, accurate cast the first time.

When your guide spots a fish, he will point out the fish using the clock and distance method. Visualize the boat as a clock face with 12 o’clock straight off the bow, 6 o’clock dead astern, 9 o’clock directly to the left and 3 o’clock directly to the right. Thereby, a fish at 20 feet and just to the left of the bow of the boat would be called out as “11 o’clock, 20 feet”. This gives you a direction and distance towards which to cast.

Here is where the quick, accurate casting is needed. The strike zone for the fish is seldom larger than 12 to 36 inches. You must be on target to catch that fish. Here is the sequence of presenting the fly to a fish:

  •  Your guide points out the fish.

  •  From the ready position, roll cast to get the fly airborne

  •  One full false cast to shoot a little line and increase the line speed

  •  The go for target

  • That’s all –and it happens quickly!

Practicing Before Your Trip

The Cajun Fishing Adventures fly guides can help you with your casting however, any instruction takes away from your fishing time. There are several good instructional videos available from your local fly shop which will be very helpful Also, a couple of lessons from a good instructor before your trip will be well worth the money and will go a long way towards shortening the learning curve. And by all means, learn the “double haul”. This technique is a requirement for making accurate casts in the wind commonly experienced around our marshes.

Practice (in the wind) before your trip and your enjoyment will be increased. Sacrifice some distance for accuracy. Most of the fish caught on fly are hooked within 10-30 feet of the boat. Also, practice casting with as few false casts as possible. Contrary to popular belief, repeated false casts do not increase the distance of your casts. The coastal winds you will find are a detriment to good fly casting. With proper technique, 3 or 4 false casts are all you need.

Also practice roll-casting to various targets of various lengths. If you can place your fly in a garbage can lid at distances from 10-30 feet, eight out of ten times, you can be successful in the southeast Louisiana marshes.

On The Water Situations

What To Expect

In this immense delta, due to variable wind directions & tide levels, the fish may not stay in the same areas every day. Fish tend to move and find comfort zones as well as follow their food sources. Stay patient and be alert, so that you can take advantage of every opportunity. Your guide will be working hard to find fish and keep you on fish.

The biggest surprise that most fly anglers get when fishing the marshes is how fast everything happens. The boat is moving, the fish is moving, the wind is blowing – in the few seconds from when the guide sees the fish to the time he gives you distance and direction, the fish’s position may change by six or eight feet relative to the boat. The window of opportunity is open only for a short period of time. This is where practice will pay off.

Fighting Fish

Redfish & Black Drum are not speed burners like bonefish nor are they jumpers like tarpon, but they are tenacious. Once they feel the hook they will make a few runs initially. DO NOT MAKE A “HIGH” TROUT HOOKSET. It’s best to make a solid strip-set with the fly line, holding the bent rod against the direction the fish is initially running. Keep CONSTANT pressure on the fish during the fight and let the reel’s drag do the work. Try to work the fish back towards the boat by keeping rod pressure and reeling down on the fish. Do not get impatient, the fish is hooked up and you do not want to change that.

Once the fish is close to the boat it is time to take the fight to him. The quickest way to defeat a fish is to move its head. Keeping constant, opposite pressure on the fish will fatigue him. When the fish is confronted with the boat it might make a sudden lunge; let him go – there is a lot of tension on the leader at this point and the fish can break off. Fight him back to the boat as before. When the fish is ready, your guide will boat it.

Fish Behavior To Consider

Fly fishing southeast Louisiana marshes centers around redfish, but black drum, flounder and spotted seatrout also provide challenges too. Each fish exhibits different types of behavior.

Redfish & Black Drum

You and your guide will typically be looking for Redfish & Black Drum. You will typically encounter them in one of these four ways.

  • Backing, Tipping & Tailing – A redfish tails in shallow water as it tips its’ head down to root and feed along the bottom. This is the classic redfish behavior when a single, pod or school is actively feeding. The fish’s attention is focused downward and a fly must be presented close to the fish or it will go unnoticed. Also, you’ll need to let the fly sink a little to get it in front of the fish. Only a few fish in the school may be tailing so look closely for other fish

  • Mudding – This is what you see when redfish tail in slightly deeper water. Their tails do not break the surface but the mud cloud raised by their grubbing is visible. From a distance, you may notice “nervous water” before you can see muddy water. Again, the presentation is the same as for tailing fish.

  • Cruising – A cruising fish is very common in our marshes and easily spotted by its’ v-wake water signature. Cruising fish may not be actively feeding but will often strike a well-placed fly. If his tail fin is “lit up” with a bright blue hue, he will normally eat. When a cruising fish is sighted your guide will give clock and distance as well as tell you what the fish is doing. As an example, “11 o’clock, 20 feet, swimming right to left” means a fish on the left side of the bow, 20 feet away, swimming away, or towards the back of the boat.

  • Laid-Up Fish – At times, fish become neutral & non-active and may appear to be disinterested in feeding. Occasionally, multiple presentations will draw the fish’s attention, excite it and induce a strike on the fourth or fifth cast.

Spotted Sea Trout

Late summer through late fall, quality spotted seatrout can be found on or around the oyster reefs. When sight casting for them, they are most often found either laid up or cruising. Floating or neutral buoyant flies that can be retrieved over the oysters, without getting “hung-up” have the best success rates. Baitfish patterns excel in this scenario.

Playing Trout

Trout are head shakers when hooked. Expect them to come to the surface and shake their head trying to throw the hook. They’re faster than redfish, so be ready to pick up slack line if the fish turns toward the boat. Near the boat, trout almost always make a sudden lightening quick run. Be ready to give line so that the tippet does not break or the hook does not pull free.

 

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New! Louisiana Licensing Available at Cajun Fishing Adventure’s Lodge in Buras Only $10 per person for 3 day Charter License.

  Security & Cancellation Policy: A $150 security deposit is required per person/per day at time of booking to reserve your date and will be applied to the final invoice which is only refundable until 14 days prior to trip date. For cast and blast trips the deposit will be $300 per person/per day. Reservations are not considered firm until deposit is received.

Cancellation Policy: We accept cash, check, VISA, Master Card, American Express, & Discover. No shows will forfeit deposit (i.e., 10 person trip booked, 7 show up, the other 3 spots forfeit deposit.) If CFA cancels the trip due to tropical storms or severe weather, we will reschedule your trip within one year of the original scheduled dates.

IF YOUR METHOD OF PAYMENT IS A CREDIT CARD, A 3% FEE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR FINAL INVOICE

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