MARSH MAN MASSON: Absolutely Incredible Springtime Marsh Fishing!

When the water temperature hits 75 degrees, something magical happens in the marsh: EVERYTHING bites like it hasn’t eaten in months.

That was the case this week during a coronavirus-free trip I took deep into the backwaters along with my longtime buddy and former colleague Andy Crawford, who is a freelance landscape photographer as well as a photojournalist working for the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. (To see some of Crawford’s work, visit

The day started inauspiciously, as we tried to force a topwater speckled trout bite in water that wasn’t conducive for it, but we quickly punted, scooted into the marsh and found water that was prettier than your high school girlfriend. It also contained plenty of bait, and was falling aggressively, so finding fish was almost a formality.

For the rest of the morning, we caught speckled trout, redfish and bass, with very few lulls in the action. Although we did bump into a few rat reds, the trout and bass were all solid keepers, and added to our quarantine stashes.

Hot lures included junebug Pro’s Choice Senko-style soft stickbaits, gold Echo 1.75 crank baits and limbo slice-colored Matrix Shads on 3/8-ounce Deathgrip Jigheads.


Most marinas are open throughout South Louisiana, providing access for anglers to social distance. To be sure, though, call before you tow your boat down to your favorite port.

To see all the details of the trip, check out the video below.

Like the video? Please give it a thumbs-up, and subscribe to the Marsh Man Masson channel on YouTube. Also, leave a comment below or on the YouTube page. Are you finding a bunch of speckled trout in the marsh right now, or are you targeting them in bigger lakes and bays? How have you found the redfish action to be in recent days?



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