Of course I asked and knew about peak seasons. What I did NOT realize was how sight/visibility-dependent this fishery is.....I was prepared for ALWAYS murkey water and blind-casting....and the total lack of plan "B". The area is FILTHY with fish, there alway has to be SOMTHING...right?
Quite frankly, I have made a life's work of generally being able to scratch something out of less-than-perfect. Having cast in the Columbia Gorge most of my life our wind tolerance is greater than most....so we rarely cancel because of wind-casting issues. I am flexible to a fault, we would have been completely happy holed up in some lee dredging the bottom of a channel for Specks...or even going to an oxbow and casting for LMB, crappie,......WHATEVER!! We pushed and cajoled the guide as much as we could....something.....ANYTHING...and we would have been happy staying and touring non-fishing hours, but the guide was set on and geared only for sight fishing redfish. He did NOT have a dept finder and fish finder on his skiff....which was otherwise top notch gear. He just didn't need it for what he "did". Maybe he just couldn't function in 50 degrees and 25 mph wind....wind chill down in mid thirties I assume. We are used to that....he is not.
I go to Miami, where I keep a flats boat, for 3-4 weeks every feb-mar...dintinctly the WORST time of the year wind-and-weather-wise...and still find more than enough fishing to keep me happy.
LA delta is somewhat different.....that was my message.