Memorial Day fishing in the marshes near Bayou Cumbest

Kimberly Brashier Latour with a redfish caught on May 31, 2021.

The wind was blowing about 10 miles per hour or more on Memorial Day 2021, when my son, Travis, and daughter, Kim, launched their boat at Point-Of-Pines on Bayou Cumbest at about 2:30 p.m. They didn’t fish at the bayou. Instead, they headed to nearby shallow marshes. The tide had just started moving out. For the first hour or so, fishing was slow. Then speckled trout began striking the Matrix Shad, followed shortly thereafter by redfish and flounder.

Travis used a 7-foot Waterloo rod with a Shimano bait casting reel and Kim used a 7-foot Bass Pro Shops rod and a Pflueger spin casting reel. They made long casts to the smooth cordgrass marshes to not spook the fish.

From about 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., they caught 6 legal speckled trout and released about 20 that were undersize; 3 redfish that were 25, 27, and 28 inches in length, respectively; and 2 flounder. It was an exciting, fast-action afternoon of fishing for Kim and Travis; especially for Kim. She had only caught one redfish in her life before, and it was at Bayou Cumbest.

-Jerry Brashier

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