Some look at the marsh and see a bunch of grass and water. What do you see? Is it this?
Understanding how water moves through the marsh is everything, because without moving water one does not have a fishing trip.
Louisiana’s best anglers possess this understanding, knowing when and where tidal waters will move best.
But now I am going to save your time and effort by sharing a simple, but powerful, concept.
If you only fish spots, and not the conditions, then chances are you see the rest of the marsh as places that “ain’t your spot”.
It’s all water you use to get to where the fish have always been…or not.
But if you saw the marsh like in the picture below, you’d see new opportunities to catch more fish.
This is how experienced anglers perceive the marsh, whether the tide is rising or falling.
Each body of water is used by marine life to travel from one area to the next and can be classified by the amount of traffic they receive:
A trenasse bleeding into a pond is a sidewalk, and the bayou upon which the pond sits is the street, whereas the nearby pass the bayou is situated is the highway.
Or take this doodle to get a better idea.
This understanding of how water moves through the marsh reveals spots that are worth trying because they may yield great catches at certain times.
Every spring and fall we have a mass exodus of shrimp from the marsh.
They leave towards saltier water to procreate and, as they do, are ambushed by speckled trout and redfish.
It would. Because we would know where they are traveling and how they will travel there.
This higher-level understanding of bait movement is just one thing I share inside Inshore Fishing 101.
It’s the foundational inshore knowledge all successful anglers use to consistently catch speckled trout and redfish, all in one spot and complete with instructor support.Discover More
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He loves alligators but is terrified of cockroaches.
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