It's Hot in the Fall

Following a summer of guiding for trout in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Capt. Marty returns to his home-waters of Terrebonne Parish in October. The timing is perfect for the sportsman looking for the best that southeast Louisiana has to offer. The weather is beginning to cool, and the fishing is heating up, especially for the BIG Redfish … the breeders … the Bull Reds.

While Capt. Marty specializes in fly fishing in the coastal marsh, bait-cast and spin fishermen are also welcome.

Redfish, or Red Drum, spawn in late-summer/early-fall, when the Bull Reds move into the marsh after spending the previous 8 months offshore, and congregate in deep-water passes near the coastal marshes. After spawning, the 20-, 30- and 40-plus pound Bull Reds venture throughout the interior marshes in a post-spawn feeding frenzy, which can last deep into the winter. While many migrate offshore once the cold of winter sets in, the Bull Reds will travel in and out of these coastal marshes all year, but it's during the spawn and post-spawn when they are most abundant in the shallow-water marsh.

Mixed in with these bronze beasts are the juvenile Redfish that live in the marsh year-round, only adding to the heart-pounding excitement of sight-casting to Redfish of all sizes in shallow water, and the adrenaline-pumping action of fighting these bruisers on fly and light tackle.

It's also in the fall that Speckled Sea Trout, a.k.a. "specks," journey into the marsh following their offshore summer spawn. Scores of these silver-sided missiles can be found in and around the marshes that are home to the Redfish. These schoolers are known for their fast action and great table fare.

Other species available in the coastal marshes include Black Drum, Flounder, and Sheepshead, dubbed "Cajun Permit" for its tough bite and tenacious fight.