Ahhhh, Springtime in the Basin. We’ve seen unusually high water for this early in the year, compounded by high winds, has made the business of airboat tours a fun one (ie: challenging) . I’m not sure when the last time you’ve tried to spin an airboat around to park in 20 mph winds, but it’s tough! We’re tougher, though, so it’s working out.
These conditions have also made for a slow start to fishing. In the last few days we’ve finally gotten very good reports on bream, chinquapin and a few sac-a-lait. Crickets and wax worms seem to be the bait of choice right now. Bream can be found anywhere you can find 2-3 feet of water, on the mounds or ridges. Did you know that you can actually smell a bed of bream? The air has a very distinct fishy smell near the beds. A sustained high water period will usually lead to a very good spawning season.
As far as wildlife is concerned, mating season has begun for the alligators. It’s not in full swing yet, but the males have definitely starting courting their girls. Alligator populations are exceptionally high since the alligator hunters haven’t been meeting their usual annual quotas due to the drop in prices. This is due to the decrease in demand for their hides.
We’ve noticed that the osprey eggs are starting to hatch. Ospreys are members of the falcon family, which means they can rotate their talons 180 degrees. When they dive down and catch a fish, they always turn the fish head first to make flying with it more aerodynamic.
Without any major local rainfall, it looks like we should miss any catastrophic flooding. If there’s a slow fall on the horizon, that will make for excellent fishing and an extended crawfish season. Bon Appetit!