Will someone please tell me where this year has gone? As hard as it is for me to believe, December really is already here. It is not going to be easy for me to let go of the banner year weve had, and Im sure that is why it has seemed to pass so quickly.
Trout, redfish and flounder have cooperated fully for the past several months, but winter and reality are beginning to settle in now. The truth is the redfish bite will keep going strong this month and should even become a little more consistent as we get closer to Christmas.
"The December redfish bite is something weve always been able to count on. The east bank of Sabine Lake will produce a lot of reds this month, but if its anything like its been in recent years, it wont even be close to the action in the bayous," said longtime Sabine Lake guide Capt. Steve Davis. He hit the nail squarely on the head with that. Yes, redfish will be cruising the shorelines of Sabine Lake looking for an easy meal, but the real rod bending will take place deep in the bayous.
The difference between casting and catching is going to boil down to whether or not youve got bait present. On mild days, it shouldnt be hard at all to find mullet cruising long stretches of shoreline in Black and Madame Johnson Bayous. If youve located the bait, youve located the fish, especially if theres a little tidal movement thrown into the mix.
Dead giveaways like mud boils and wakes are not uncommon, as these fish will aggressively feed in just inches of water. As usual, drains and small cuts leading to back lakes in the marsh will usually hold the majority of the bait and fish.
Dark or natural colored topwaters will get good results but straight or paddle tailed soft plastics on 1/8 oz. jig heads should do the most damage.
Good color choices are Morning Glory, Red Shad and Texas Roach. Good luck and dont forget your Louisiana fishing license if you plan on fishing either of these bayous.