Red Fishing New Orleans

I've been travelling to New Orleans to fish for bull redfish in the nearby marshes since 2013.  I was "hooked" as it were, from the very first trip (which included a 23 lb redfish that took a crab pattern within 15 feet of the boat) and this adventure has become an annual event.  Where else in the US can you sight fish with a fly rod for fish ranging up to 30+ pounds? Some years I even make it down twice in one winter. 

This year would be a bit different in that, rather than going down with a group of die-hard fly fishing buddies, I was accompanied by my wife Ann  who I would have to say is a bit more of a "casual" fly fisher. And although Ann has fished for trout in our home-state of Wyoming many times, she had never done so in the salt, nor had she ever hooked and landed anything larger than a healthy cutthroat on a fly rod before.  But not to worry.  Since Ann had never visited the Big Easy before, she was at least as much (more?) interested in the sights and the food scene in the city as she was in the fishing.

I booked us for two days with my buddy Greg Dini (Fly Water Expeditions) but as luck would have it, the weather gods conspired against us; our first day was overcast making sighting fish extremely difficult, and day two was a complete bust with high winds and rain.  So with only one day to fish, and a marginal day at that, how did we do?  Thanks in large part to Captain Greg's knowledge of the fishery, and in larger part to his apparently x-ray vision, we still managed to find and hook fish.  Given the conditions, Ann had a fine day, hooking and landing 3 reds - all in excess of 20 lbs!  And let me say there was more than an bit of laughter involved.  And me?  Although I've certainly had days in the marsh when I've caught more fish, I'm equally sure I've never before landed two bull reds over 30lbs in the same day before! 

One of two 30+ pounders for the day!

One of two 30+ pounders for the day!

Ann with her third big fish of the day.

Ann with her third big fish of the day.