Fishing Birds in Spring

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Spring trout fishing historically has been a challenge for anglers of South Louisiana as the fish generally start their migration to saltier waters as soon as winter begins to lose it’s grip. But alas, there is hope for locating fish that are on the move. As young white shrimp begin to rise up from the mud with the tide, seagulls will spot them and begin a feeding frenzy. Guess what else sees them? You bet, speckled trout. You need to get there ASAP too as the birds will generally leave with your arrival. Have no fear, you have some time to catch before the trout move on. Sometimes you can even anchor in that spot and catch a limit, but that’s a rare occasion. Usually, you will catch 10-15 trout or so and then have to move onto the next flock of birds. Do this and in a couple hours you could have yourself a limit of trout. When approaching birds, remember the following:  If someone is already working a flock; it’s best to move on to the next flock and not disturb them. Approach the flock from upwind and stop the boat 30-50 yards in front of them. Allow for this distance to drift into the school without spooking them. Of course, you can use the trolling motor to position yourself in the perfect kill position.

Now that you’ve found the trout and you’re in ambush mode, what will you strike them with? Generally a popping cork rigged with a 1/4oz lead head about 18-24″ will do the job. Have another rod on standby rigged with no popping cork as well. Obviously, any soft plastic resembling a shrimp will work but most of the time it doesn’t matter the color or the shape of the lure. In Dularge and Cocodrie, we mostly use Matrix Shad in Shrimp Creole or Green Hornet.

That’s all there is to bird fishing, but watch out for those liar birds!

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