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April 30, 2009 -
Sharamitaro and his son have been fishing with me for the last several
years around Jazzfest. Left the dock at 6am heading for the duck ponds.
The water in the area where I have been fishing was not very clear
today, so we tried a different approach. My spinner baits of choice,
black/chart and purple/chart were not working , so we tried some tight
lining on 3/8 and1/4 oz jig heads. The two hot colors were electric
chicken and opening night, who would have thought. Sometimes when its
slow just a color or pattern change may make all the difference. Ended
the day with a limit of reds with several more released and a couple of
nice flounders. Chuck does welding artwork and brought me a lamp he made
with a trout and redfish, beautiful piece of work, my wife loves it,
thanks again Chuck. Lot's of fishing coming up, let's hope the weather
stays right. See ya!
April 27, 2009 - Yesterday was a repeat of the
last few days, with high clean water, and lots of
redfish. Got to the marina early, and met up with Ron Canerbury
from Cheyenne, WY. We said our hellos and were underway by 605am.
Pointed the bow out in the
Pen, and began to
make my way south into a gentle SE wind. We arrived on site about 15
minutes later, and was greeted with high, somewhat cloudy water.
Fished there for a few minutes, and made a move to another pond that
I know of that was holding fish. When I got there the water was
crystal clear with lots of grass, and mullets all over. I knew it
wouldn't be long before the first fish would decide to inhale Mr.
Canerbury's spinner bait. With him being from WY, his skills were a
little rusty from not fishing in a while, and he ended up missing
quite a few in the beginning, but once he got the hang of it, he was
nailing those big
reds with ease. He made short order of his limit of redfish, and
played catch and release for the remainder of the morning. The wind
had picked up quite a bit as the morning went along, so staying put
was the right call. Tried to catch fish a few different ways to see
if anything else would entice them, we tried shrimp under a cork,
spoons, but once again, the almighty H&H Cocahoe on #4 gold spinner,
and 1/4 ounce lead was the killer. Black and Chartreuse or Purple
and Chartreuse has been doing the damage for us lately.
FYI Everyone, my crew for
Friday cancelled this morning, so my boat is open. If you would like
to go out and try for some reds and
specks give me a call. The weather forecast calls for SE
winds all week, so the water should remain high, and clear in the
ponds. That means redfish should be holding in the areas we have
been working. Or if you want to go
trout fishing, we can handle that too.
April 24-26, 2009 -
The wind continues to blow
down here on the bayou, so rather than chasing trout we have been
fishing the ponds for redfish, and the past few days have been
spectacular. On Friday Capt. Barry had the Mike Hollander party and I
had a couple for the Victoria Inn. Saturday I fished a morning and
afternoon trips. The Sandberg family fished with me for their fifth time
in the morning, and Grandma Jane Glass and her grandsons joined me in
the afternoon. Her dream was to catch a fish in the bayou's of
Louisiana. I would say she caught 15 or more. We caught than 100 redfish
between both boats in two days. Most of the fish were in the 16 to 22
inch range with a few goods ones thrown in. Bait of choice for the
weekend was Spinner baits in the morning and shrimp under a cork in the
afternoon. Many thanks to our customers for fishing with us.
April 22, 2009 -
My client and I, Charlie Deen
from Virginia, left at safe light. With blue bird skies the earlier the
start the better, but the early bite was not going to happen.. Light
winds with no ripple on the water produced 3 or 4 fish for the first
couple of hours. That was the first half. Around 9:30 the wind picked
up, a nice ripple formed on the surface and the bass were on fire. A
five pounder, a couple of fours and 18 to 20 in the 2 plus pound range,
just and awesome morning to be on the water. A few on the lizard but the
spinner bait, Chart/wht was the killer. It was one of days when even I
got in on the action. Good fisherman, good company and a good time. It
doesn't get any better than that. All fish were released to fight
April 17 -
19, 2009 -
It's been several rough days of fishing but
we've done our best to try to put our clients on fish. Capt. Mike J had
Ryan Lafaye and his two kids. Capt. Barry and I had The Mike Lanier
party. A mix bag of 12 to 15 fish per boat was about all we could muster
with the windy, rough conditions. When you fish as much as we do, you
are bound to have a rough stretch of fishing that we have had the last 9
days or so. With more fronts, low humidity conditions, the fishing will
more than likely remain tough the next several days. Shrimp and glow
beetles under a cork, H&H spinners with baby bull minnows, blk/chart.
Thanks to all of our customers for fishing with us this weekend. We
really appreciate it.
Saltwater fishing has been tough the last
two days so we decided to give the bass a try. Not much luck there
either. With the windy, blue bird conditions after our latest front, the
water has dirtied, and the fish have lock jaw. We ended the day a
couple of two pound Bass, and a few small ones. Weather doesn't look
very good for the weekend with another front coming in. Bring on the
hot, sweaty summer!
2009 - Tuesday's trip with
Maurice and Mary Wood from Wisconsin was one of those you should have
been here for yesterday's trip, weather wise that is. A hard front past
through during the night which made for some cool windy conditions. We
didn't catch any redfish, but we did have a mess of trout and a few
bass, only keeping enough fish for lunch at Jan's. With the windy
conditions, I didn't want to cross any big, rough water with this
couple, so I did my best to find some clean, calmer water in the canals.
H&H spinner baits in blk/chart. and H&H glow beetles under a cork were
the baits of the day.
April 7-11, 2009 -
Lafitte Weekend Report
Hope everyone had an enjoyable
Easter with their families. We had 6 boats out Friday and
Saturday and I made sure not to book any trips on Sunday to
allow our guides to spend time with their families before they
start working everyday. Given the conditions that we had all
weekend with the blowing, shifting winds, all of our customers
managed to catch very respectable catches thanks to our hard
Friday morning Capt. Barry, Capt.
Jason, and Capt. Mike had 3 different crews out. Capt. Barry and
Capt. Jason headed to one area where the fish were left biting
on Thursday, and Capt. Mike headed south in search of trout.
When Capt. Barry and Jason arrived at their fishing area, they
found crystal clear water, lots of bait fish, and lots of
redfish that wouldn't bite. They tried to wait them out, but by
9 am, and no fish in the box, they had to change the game plan
with the wind steadily increasing. They both made a 25 minute
jump to the south. When they arrived to their destination, they
found birds working, and it was almost instant pandemonium as
soon as the corks hit the water. Working the protected side of
the bay, they were slinging trout over the side left and right.
Both groups pounded the trout as fast as they could, and then
the customers from Oklahoma decided they needed something to
stretch the line a little harder. With over 40 trout in the box,
Barry jumped towards the shoreline and started pitching spinner
baits. It wasn't long before some monsters redfish decided it
was dinner time, and in no time they had over 10 big reds in the
box. Capt. Jason was not far behind as he too caught over 10
reds, and a few nice drum. Capt. Mike was working an area not
far from them, and he ended the day with over 35 trout, plenty
reds, and drum as well.
Saturday, We had Capt. Barry, and
Capt. Jason out again, and this time we had Capt. Mike Daigle
working a crew that has requested him for the 3rd straight time.
They all headed south to the area that they were working the
morning before. With the wind switching directions, they just
headed to the other side of the bay where the cleanest water was
and started catching fish all morning. All 3 boats ended up with
ice chests full of trout, and several more reds. In all, what a
great weekend. I was in Mississippi finishing up a project on my
farm, and was very thankful all of Capt. could fill in for me
while I was out. So thanks guys, and thanks to all of our
customers that came in town to spend time with their families,
and spending a great day fishing with us. We appreciate it. We
have several boats out all week, so check back for updates, as
we will be hunting down the fish.
All fish this weekend were caught
on H&H Glow Beetles, or Clear with the chartreuse tail under a
cork, and H&H cochahoes on a gold spinner.
April 1-6, 2009 -
On Saturday Capt. Tommy
fished the Vlasic party and I had the Kaynor party, a group of kids
which really was a birthday party. Mix bag of reds and trout between
Sunday Capt. Mike had the Landers party, Capt. Barry had the Weller
party and I had the Sarner party. Barry`s group and my group were
catch and release trips. Capt. Mike had had 14 reds. Most all the
reds caught on spinner baits, trout glow beetles under a cork. Here
comes another cold front, temps in the 40`s Tuesday. Should make for
some fun fishing.
March 27-29, 2009
- Lafitte Weekend Report!
What a great weekend of fishing down
here on the bayou. Last weeks blustery south winds, and rains made
for an extremely high tide, crystal clear water, and a fantastic
redfish bite. All parties this weekend caught limits of fish, and
played catch and release for the remainder of the day.
Coming off a stellar fishing day
last Thursday, we kept the momentum heading into the weekend. Capt.
Barry started it off on Friday landing over 40 Redfish and hitting
the dock with their crews easy limit. Saturday, We had 4 boats out.
Capt. Barry, Capt. Tommy, Capt. Mike, and myself all headed for the
high water duck ponds early. Despite the blustery conditions, we all
hammered the redfish. All crews came back to the dock with ice chest
full of some really nice reds. Sunday, I was the only boat out, and
needless to say, the bite in the area we were fishing slowed. All of
the fish probably had sore mouths since we hooked everything for
miles the 3 prior days. Add on the fact that the tide took a plunge
the night before from a passing cold front, and dirtied the water.
We still managed to end up with a really nice mess of reds. Just a
great weekend weather wise with the sunny skies, and comfortable
temps. If we could have shaken the winds, it would have been perfect
conditions. At least the strong redfish bite made it enjoyable. Most
fish this weekend were caught on Black and Chartreuse, or Purple and
Chartreuse cocahoes fished with gold spinners. Some fish caught on
spoons as well. Got another busy week this week, so check back later
I would like to that the Howard,
Leonard, Reeves and Powers party for fishing with us. Hope to
have all of you back soon.
March 23-26, 2009
- Bad Weather most of the week, but the fish are still biting.
Everyday this week the winds have
been 20+ mph. Coastal Louisiana has been under a coastal flood watch
most of the week, and the tide is extremely high. Had to cancel
Tuesday and Wednesday, but today, I had a crew that was determined
to fish, rain or shine, and I was ready to go!
Things weren't looking good when I
awoke this morning. Rain, rain everywhere. My clients Sheila and
Grant Copple were staying at the Victoria Inn. No way we could leave
the dock at 7 as we had planned. Tried for 8:15, that didn't work.
It was after 10am before we could leave the dock. Fished an hour or
so and the rain came again. Headed to a friends camp and watched it
rain for 40 minutes. Finally it came to an end and the fishing was
back on. With the water so high we fished places I usually can't
fish. We ended the day with a couple of trout and an easy
limit of reds, plus an additional 15 reds released for kicks.
The crew had a blast, even though they fished through the rain. All
fish were caught on Spinner baits blk/chart. Should be a great
weekend to fish, if the rain stays away. Forget about the wind, the
water is high enough for you to hide out easily and catch some fish.
Good Luck all.
March 19-22, 2009
- Weekend Report (Tough and Windy)
Capt. Barry has another great
crew this morning, and when they hit the marina, the winds were
blowing 20+ stiff. The flags at the marina looked at though they
were going to tear apart. He headed south, slowly and made his way
back to some ponds. His crew started pitching spinner baits and
spoons, and ended the day with several reds, and a few trout.
I had the same crew that fished
with me on Friday, and Capt. Barry had another crew. We both left
good and early and headed south towards Myrtle Grove. The wind was
blowing all night long, and was continuing to blow. The water was
rising fast, even with the low tide that was predicted on Saturday.
We started working some ponds and small bays, catching a few small
trout, and a few keeper trout, but the wind made it difficult to
fish. We decided to run and duck out of the wind and headed for some
canals and interior marsh spots. We started throwing spinner baits
along the banks, and managed to catch a few reds. Both boats ended
the day with a really nice mess of fish, given the conditions.
Two boats out, Capt. Barry and I.
We left the dock at sunrise and headed south in search of trout.
Well, we found them, but there were lots of small trout. After
catching 3 throwbacks for every keeper fish, we finally boxed 20
plus keepers, and dozen keeper reds between both boats. The water
was a little low, we need about another 6 or 8 inches of water to
get back on the redfish, a couple days of southeast winds should do
it. Glow beetles under a cork for the trout and spinner baits for
Here are a few more pics of the
parties over the weekend. The Dale Fitterling and Ken Cumbus
March 18, 2009 -
What a beautiful bluebird morning. Left the dock 15 minutes before
sunrise and after a 25 minute boat ride we hit several groups of
birds diving on shrimp. Most of the trout were small but we managed
to box a dozen or so keepers. Kendall had some trouble working the
cork for the trout, but Chris was a natural. It was another story
with the redfish. Kendall didn't have any problems working a spinner
bait. She was the Queen of the reds, catching most of the dozen are
so that were landed.
March 16, 2009 -
At 10 o'clock last night I
didn't think we had much of a chance of getting on the water today.
Capt. Barry and Capt. Mike's parties were ready to go at 7am. My
crew wanted to leave at 8. Hopefully with a little luck we would get
a couple hours in before the rain started. I had two couples on my
boat, so I stayed close and started working the ponds with all the
high water. The ladies had enough by 12 after fighting some really
nice reds all morning. The other two boats didn't get back until
after one since they decided to make a little further run. They had
two beautiful boxes of reds, and lucky for me all of ours were
released to fight another day. All fish caught on H&H spinner baits.
Conditions: Windy, Cloudy, light rain, clean water, and lots of
2009 - Lafitte Weekend Report
This is second time in the last four
weeks that Charles Davison and a group of his co-workers have fished
with us. They are all from out of state, but are now living and
working in the Baton Rouge area. Capt. Barry had took out half the
crew, and I took the other half. The wind didn't do us any favors,
but at least we did find some clean water in the ponds. Not a bad
catch for the conditions. All fish were caught on spinner baits, blk/char
and blk/pearl. We fished the Bay Round area that had a really high
tide and clear water. Had to cancel Sunday with some Texas customers
who didn't wanted to gamble with the weather, so we got them
reschedule. Monday isn't looking good, so let's hope the weather
holds for our three groups, I hope we can get it in.
2009 - Billy Gatlin, Joe
Paul and Chad Madenwald and I left the dock around 6:45 am. Water
was very dirty at the first couple of stops, and no fish and no
bites were to be found. We were on the west side of the waterway
working our way from Little Lake through Turtle Bay, then on to Bay
Long, 3 Bayou Bay. As the wind picked up it was time to head over to
the east side towards Texaco. There we found some clean water in the
ponds and a caught a nice mixed bag of reds, specks and bass. The
guys left with 3 bags of fillets to grill up for dinner. All fish
caught on spinner baits, blk/chart. Out again tomorrow with two
2009 - Several of my
neighbors got in on the hot bass action. They didn't catch any
really big fish, but they did have a few 3lb plus. All their fish
were caught on worms.
2009 - Evening Trip. Great
afternoon to be
out on the water. Papa Joe and I hadn't been bass fishing together
since last year. Today had to be the day. It started off very slow
due to the full moon we had last night. Around 9 things started to
happen. Boated 12 to 14 in the 2 lb class with a 5 and 6 pounder for
a picture. Lizards and 6 inch curly tail worms were the baits of the
March 3, 2009 -
Hello Everyone. I would like
to apologize for the lack of reports here lately. We have been
trying to develop a more robust, and more attractive reports page,
so we have been working hard on that. We have also been doing lots
of fishing when the weather permits. If you can fish 3-5 days after
a cold front, the fishing has been great. We have been catching lots
of big, beautiful redfish on the interior bays, and canals. The
trout have been a little scattered, but with a little warmer
weather, that should improve. We have been catching lots of bass
here lately too. But, like all other fish, you need the right day
weather wise to catch them. Nothing is better than a warm, muggy,
overcast day! Which we should have towards Thursday and Friday of
this week. We have lots of trips on the book for this month and
next, so the reports will start coming almost everyday. If you have
any questions, just let me know. Here are a few pics from some
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