February 17, 2017

What Clean Water and Redfish Look Like in Louisiana

Can Louisiana really have such clean water? See for yourself.

Louisiana is arguably the redfish capital of the world, with thousands of square miles to pursue the fish, from deep and open water to shallow and vegetated water.

It should come as no surprise that sight fishing has taken hold. Today we see boats outfitted with remote trolling motors, poling platforms and sight fishing stands, so anglers can see and cast to their quarry.

If you haven't been sight fishing, it's one heck of an experience. Honestly, it's something that will become addictive.

Do it once and you won't want to catch redfish any other way. You will even find other ways to sight fish, like casting at bass locked onto their beds.

There are all kinds of places to sight fish reds. It's usually closer than you think, whether it's in the city limits of Slidell or just outside of New Orleans. Redfish will push as far as they can into the marsh, as they don't need salt, but calcium, to survive.

I always laugh out loud. When I hear some say, "Louisiana doesn't have clean water."

We have perfectly clean water in Louisiana.

I am not talking about blackwater, which is essentially clean water that is stained dark from concentrations of tannic acid (and looks like tea) but perfectly clean water.

The cleanest water I have seen in Louisiana was the exact clarity and color of tap water.

Craziest thing is, it was right next to the muddiest, dirtiest water in the world: the Mighty Mississippi River.

So, here are a few videos of clean water I've filmed with my iPhone (and no polarized lens). The first two are in Delacroix, in slightly stained blackwater and the last one is in Venice.

What Clean Water and Redfish Looks Like in Louisiana

Please excuse my language in the video below. I was very excited.

And here is the vid in Venice. I am not even in a platform. I am sitting down in my boat.

Finding this clean water is not always easy. It's what I teach in Sight Fishing Mastery School.

Captain Devin

About the Author

Devin is a former fishing guide and lifelong inshore angler. He founded Louisiana Fishing Blog in 2012 to share his ideas as a charter captain and still writes in it today. Since then he's created a fishing university — LAFB Elite — where he teaches inshore anglers how to safely navigate Louisiana's coast and catch more fish.

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