By taking this course, you will learn all the tackle and equipment you need plus the knowledge required to properly use them.
Additionally, you will learn years’ worth of sight fishing knowledge, to include how to safely navigate through shallow marsh, where to find redfish, and how best to catch them.
All these things will save you time, money and effort, so you go straight to having fun!
LAFB Elite Members
Sight Fishing Mastery School is free to members of LAFB Elite. Are you a member? Enroll to add this course to your Student Dashboard.
Managing expectations is one way I make people happy and help them catch fish. Let’s cover these in this video.
Getting to Know Devin
It’s just fair you get to learn who I am, so you know who is giving the course.
What is Louisiana Fishing Blog?
If you’re not familiar with LAFB, then you should be! Here’s exactly what it is.
Why Redfish are Perfect for Sight Fishing
There is no better fish to begin sight fishing, and this is why.
Boat Size Isn’t as Important as You Think
Intro to Sight Fishing Equipment
The equipment you need to successfully sight fish reds is a little different from what you use elsewhere in inshore fishing.
Sight Fishing Stand Pt 3
How high is high enough for a sight fishing stand? Let’s look at the pros and cons of tall vs short.
Sight Fishing Stand Pt 5
Pimp my stand! These are the features you want to consider for your sight fishing stand.
Sight Fishing Stand Pt 6
You don’t want to tip over. Here are tips on securing your stand so it’s rock solid.
Trolling Motors Pt 1
How important is a trolling motor for sight fishings reds in Louisiana’s marsh?
Shallow Water Anchor
How important is a shallow water anchor? Well, it’s not a deal breaker, but you want to consider these points.
Other Things That Help You See Redfish
Consider these two items when you’re trying to see bronze-backs swimming through the pond.
How to Rig Them and When to Use Them
Watch and see exactly how these lures are rigged so they swim right in the water and coax redfish into biting.
Setup Your Boat
How to Mount the Stand
Great pointers if you’ve never mounted a stand to a boat (and even if you have).
Mounting Stand (extra video)
This video details how the same stand in the last lesson mounts on an aluminum flatboat.
Trolling Motor Adjustment
Here’s the trick to adjusting your trolling motor right where it needs to be.
Walk-Through of Captain Kevin’s Blazer Bay
Do you run a bay boat? Then you may want to set it up like this for sight fishing redfish.
Walk-Through of Gabe’s Express
See how this boat is set up and use what’s here to apply on your own.
Walk-Through of Gnartooth
Do you fish out of an aluminum flat boat? Here are some things to consider when setting it up to sight fish reds in shallow water.
Planning to Catch Redfish
Water levels are important because they dictate the location of redfish and where you can safely float your boat.
The Myth of Shallow Water
Skinny water is not where you should be looking for redfish and this is why.
The Myth of Clean Water and Louisiana
The idea that Louisiana’s marsh does not have perfectly clear water is a myth.
Using Satellite Imagery to Find Awesome Redfish Ponds
This is the best way to locate ponds and shorelines loaded with redfish ready to eat.
Google Earth – Sorting “Good” Ponds From “Bad” Ponds
Let’s break down what “good” and “bad” ponds look like on Google Earth.
Google Earth – Identify Consistently Clean Water
Here’s how to find clean water that most likely holds redfish, before launching the boat.
Google Earth – Those Small, But Revealing, Details
Don’t miss these small details that tell you more about what’s in the marsh.
Google Earth – Locate Safe Routes
Safely arrive to your fishing spots (and return) by using the knowledge detailed in this video.
Interpreting MODIS Satellite Imagery
Use this daily satellite imagery to eliminate unproductive water and zero in on the biomass of redfish.
Satellite Imagery Summary
Remember that these are only tools in the toolbox, and that you must do this one inevitable thing.
Understanding the Approach (What is it?)
It’s a very important skill anglers tend to overlook, blowing their chance of catching redfish ready to bite.
Elements of a Good Approach
Use these three elements each time you commit to sight fishing where you think redfish may be.
How to Cast at Redfish
The key details to acing a sight cast that will catch any redfish on the prowl.
What to do When the Redfish Eats
The finer details are not so obvious. Here they are, so you don’t have to learn them the hard way.
All Those Important Details
There are Finer Details I Must Cover
Let’s zero in on the finer details of sight fishing reds you could only learn in this course…or through years of experience.
Things To Look For When You Enter A Pond
See how grass filters water plus what “too much” grass looks like.
What Other Fish Tell You
Even trash fish give you clues about redfish, if you know what to look for.
When should you leave a pond?
Here are the indicators as to when you should leave where you are fishing and head somewhere else.
Success in Crappy Weather
Not every fishing trip has perfect conditions. Use these tips when high winds and overcast clouds strike.
Dealing With Grass
Cool maneuver to rid your prop of grass, plus some lawn mowin’ gadgets to cut through the slop.
What Clouds of Mud Indicate
Seeing lots of blowups under the surface? This is what they mean, and what to do when you see them.
How to Handle Spooky Reds
Sometimes redfish don’t bite easily. These are the tricks to get them to bite anyway.
Hazards in Ponds
Running Louisiana’s marsh is not without its hazards. Use these tips to remain safe and prevent damage to your boat.
What To Do When Your Boat Gets Stuck
It’s an ugly and inevitable thing. Here’s how to deal with getting your boat stuck.
Saltwater Marsh vs Freshwater Marsh
These are different types of habitat that dictate redfish location and how you should fish them.
Podcasts on Sight Fishing
Do you listen to podcasts? Then you will enjoy these episodes about sight fishing redfish.
Now Launch The Boat
Time On Water
This is the final ingredient of Sight Fishing Mastery School, and it’s up to you to use it.
Keep Fishing Reports
If you don’t keep fishing reports you stand to re-invent the wheel and minimize experience gained from time on the water.
I mainly focus on one area and apply your course. I am curious though because we have some many different areas to fish within close driving range. Ie Hopedale/Reggio, Biloxi marsh, Myrtle Grove/ Port Sulfur. Would some of these general area be better for sight fishing during different seasons or weather patterns. I’m always debating on whether to try a different area even though I’m always discovery new things out about my go to area
I think they can all be good and know they all have their ups and downs. Ultimately it will be on you to find an area you like best.
It provided very good information, in a well laid out format. I have been fishing the MIssissippi Gulf Coast for 50 years and I learned that I was not approaching sight fishing properly.
The approach to presenting baits. What to do to not spook Red Fish.
Boating safety and courtesy on the water. I liked that you stress this in your courses.
I liked how you segmented your approach to providing clear and concise information.
Very little, I think you could have provided some additional video on actual sight fishing experiences.
video on actual sight fishing
Yes, I think this course was time well spent.
Yes you can. This is the second course that I could not submit comments through the comments link.
Hey Chester, thanks for posting this. I know the feedback form has been a PITA and I appreciate you taking the time to submit your feedback here. Tight lines!
I have fished the coast and Gulf all my life, I’m 63 yrs old, with a camp at Dularge for 25 yrs and after watching your courses I realize how much I didn’t know and how I have missed out on some great sight fishing opportunities as well as spec trout techniques. My nephew and his friends are all 30 ish and avid fishermen , but could all benefit from your courses.
Sitting here at the camp waiting for LSU to play I was thinking what if you conducted a hands on seminar on sight fishing for reds here at my camp? We can easily sleep 12 people , six boats. Charge a fee per person for the course. Class Friday night , fish in the am and recap after lunch.
Regardless, thanks for what you are doing to encourage recreational fishing.
Hey David, I’m glad you’re here and took time to introduce yourself.
One of the things I love about fishing is that there’s always something to learn and every once in awhile you’ll find that knowledge bomb that makes you go “aha!” and you wish you had known it years ago.
I live for those moments.
Anyway, it’s really tough for me to do seminars and guided fishing trips because I just don’t have the time for it and they don’t fit into what I do with LAFB.
I know that it seems like a seminar is a good learning tool, and it is.
It just doesn’t hold a candle to what this website can do. In every respect LAFB outperforms in-person teaching.
Trust me, I’ve done a lot of seminars, and my first one was in the Super Dome!
But what you’re proposing is something that’s been mentioned before and goes beyond a traditional seminar and is something I’ve considered.
If/when it comes down to it I will be certain to keep you in mind and maybe we can make something awesome happen!
Tight lines, David.