Marsh Madness brings outdoor communicators and industry manufacturers together in the small fishing village of Venice, Louisiana, to network. But the real focus is the fantastic redfishing found in the waters surrounding the mouth of the Mississippi River. Most were released to fight another day.
Redfish are suckers for market shrimp, but when the tide is moving, baits like Z-Man Chatterbaits attract hungry reds. Anglers test out the latest lures on the market against redfish, which will simply wreck all but the sturdiest baits.
This year the quality of the fishing was in doubt because the Mississippi River was high and muddy. But anglers moved north of the mouth of Old Man River to find clean water that yielded beautiful, bronze reds.