Conditions are changing and redfish are on the move, this is one way I find clean water to sight fish.
Scouting for Redfish Ponds
Awhile back I went fishing by myself. I had spent days slaving away indoors, since Hurricane Harvey was keeping me inside.
September 1st was the first day with calm winds since the back-end of the storm brushed across Louisiana.
I wanted to get out and explore!
My favorite areas to fish for redfish are near river diversions, so I launched near Pointe à la Hache and made a run through the marsh.
This may sound funny
I wasn't interested in catching fish. Not once did I cast a line.
Instead, I wanted to identify awesome redfish ponds. Maybe I would get lucky and run across a big school!
But I knew I would at least learn the area's obstructions, navigable water and find clean ponds I could check later.
Inshore Road Trip
I ran through various bodies of water, staying near the shoreline, paying attention to the water clarity and grass thickness.
Aquatic grass, grown near river diversions, acts as a filter to clean water.
I eventually found what I was looking for. This is a clip of what that experience was like.
You can see how clean water resulted from that thick grass mat. The mat is basically a barrier against suspended particles.
How did I know clean water was there?
I found 4 or 5 ponds that looked like that. Some I guessed would be there, others I had no idea. I just tried.
I did my research on Google Earth and MODIS, and made a point of staying in what had been lee water in the days preceding my trip.
Where can one learn more?
These skills and knowledge are what I teach in Sight Fishing Mastery School or SFMS.
SFMS is a course I built from scratch for anglers wanting to learn how to locate, close with and catch redfish in clear water.
There's a lot that goes into this discipline of inshore fishing, and there is a better way of learning and enjoying yourself than burning more time and money having to learn everything the hard way.
With Sight Fishing Mastery School you learn:
- which equipment works and what you shouldn't waste money on
- best tackle for redfish in saltwater and freshwater marsh
- lures that work and don't work and when to use them
- how to handle "spooky" reds
- avoid getting stuck
- how to stealthily approach reds so they are ready to eat
- and more
ConclusionYou will become a top-notch angler if you "let go" of needing to catch fish. Put in your time to discover new spots and build upon your previous success.
This is only one piece of the puzzle.
The rest are found in Sight Fishing Mastery School.