I have fished freshwater for years from my kayak but have never taken it to saltwater. I fished south Louisiana a lot when I had a boat but that was 20 years ago. Most of the places I fished would be too far to paddle and involve crossing more open water than I would like. And from what I have been told post hurricanes I probably would recognize anything. I am looking at heading down there on Nov 30th or Dec 1st pending weather. My target is redfish if I find trout great but I prefer reds. Coming from Baton Rouge area so the closer the better but willing to drive to Venice if it means catching fish. Looking for a close paddle with canals and grass where I can get out of the wind if needed. Any suggestions would be appreciated.