Traditionally, September is one of those dreaded “transition” months. Fish are moving in from their offshore haunts during the summer, following the migration of shrimp back into the interior marsh. They will set up in one spot for a few days then quickly move on to the next, which makes finding a consistent pattern difficult. A stick and move approach works best, allowing anglers to cover a lot of water in search of their intended targets.
September is also known for the run of huge bull reds that flood the passed around the barrier islands. It’s an annual occurrence and fishermen from around the state eagerly await their arrival. Cracked crab, cut mullet and pogies make up the usual bait offerings for fishing bulls in the passes.
On the inside, the slot sized redfish are also making their way back into the smaller ponds, following shrimp and small baitfish. Points and pockets with moving water will hold the most fish, but anglers will still have to stick and move through the marsh to put a number of fish in the box. Gold spoons will still work on waking reds, but black/chartreuse plastics tightlined on 1/4oz jigheads will become more productive as the fronts move in and the water cools. Market shrimp under a cork is always another bait option, especially when redfish seem sluggish and not in the mood to chase bait.
September marks the annual return of speckled trout to the interior marsh. The first cold fronts of the year accompanied with cooling water temps will signal the start of the migration. My golden rule is, after the 2nd hard front rolls though the area, the trout will show up in their traditional fall areas. The timing of this varies from year to year; sometimes mid month and others almost into October. The pattern leading into the beginning of this month is to focus on major bayous and canals that lead into the marsh, catching fish on their way inside. After the fronts have started, we will move farther into the marsh and fish natural oyster beds, major points & drains and shell pads. Ghost Minnows 2ft under a cork or tightlined on the bottom will catch the majority of the trout for us.
Capt Lane Zimmer
Capt. Phil Robichaux’s Fishing Charters