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May 29-31, 2009
- Weekend Report.
An unusual late May cold front came
rolling through the Bayou State last Thursday and made for a really
tough weekend for fishing. Although the weather was simply perfect, the
tide fell almost 2 feet, and turned the aggressive attitudes of the fish
off. Our captains worked really hard, and all of our customers ended
their days with limits, or near limits of redfish anyhow. Just not the
numbers of fish we caught pre-front. Lake Salvador was off, and most of
our fish were all caught south near Little Lake, Plum Point, Turtle Bay,
and Bayou St. Denis.
On Friday I had the the Mike Duffy
party. They had fished offshore on Thursday and caught a mess of
amberjack. Most of the guys had never caught a redfish and that's what
they wanted to do. We had a late start and by the time we made it to our
first stop the wind had already picked up, but it did slack off by mid
morning. Water conditions were clear, no clouds and a light chop. Reds,
flounder and a few blue crabs all caught on H & H spinner baits, Blk/chart
and purple/chart .
Saturday I had Dennis and Suzette Hubbel,
this trip was for the Victoria Inn. This crew worked hard through a very
slow morning bite, and then the action heated up around 9 or so, and
then they landed their limit of redfish plus 1/2 dozen throw backs.
Sunday Capt. Barry and Capt. Mike D. had
2 great crews. They met their crews at the dock and headed off to the
redfish grounds early to start working their spinner baits and tight
lined cochahoes on the bank. The weather was flat calm, and hot, and in
short order the guys beat up on the redfish, and finished off their
It was a very enjoyable weekend, and I
want to say thanks to everyone who fished with us this weekend, we
really appreciate you!
Thursday was ladies
day with Mindy and Lynne. The ladies started the day throwing shrimp
under a cork to make it easy on them. Once I figured out that they could
really fish, it was time to start trolling the banks with spinner baits,
and see if they could handle some bigger fish. Well they looked like
seasoned vets! The girls turned out to be some very good fisherman
and ended the day catching 30 plus reds and 1/2 dozen bay snappers
between the two of them. Another fantastic trip in Lafitte. Weather was
great, light winds, and clear water! Going to fish trout in the morning
first, so check back for some updates if you have weekend plans in
May 28, 2009
May 27, 2009
- Day 2 with the boys
from Georgia, the Eavenson`s. Left the dock really early this morning.
We we greeted with a nice sunrise and flat calm seas as we made the run
to Barataria Bay through Mud Lake on to Manilla Village. The Birds
were everywhere, but mostly small school trout. Let the guys pick off a
couple keepers and then moved to Hackberry where we found some decent
fish. Capt. Barry and his crew fished a little further south and also
found some keepers. After a couple of hours of popping corks it was off
to find some redfish which were waiting for us. Ended the day with 2
fine boxes of fish. We used Popping corks with glow beetles for the
trout and spinner baits blk/chart for the reds. Out the next several
days, so check back!
May 26, 2009
- After a mice 4 day
memorial day weekend, it was time to get back to business. On tap for
today was day one with the Eavenson family. We fished these guys in
December of last year and caught trout, so today we thought we would
give the reds a try.
After a slow start in the duck ponds we
made a move to little lake and found a few fish that were hungry. The
guys were pounding the lakeshore as we trolled up and down. They ended
the day with 27 nice reds between both boats. Spinner baits and tight
lining blk/chart. Cocahoes. Capt. Barry and I are out with the same
group tomorrow. If the winds are down we may give the trout a try for a
This morning we had
2 more boats out fishing. On Capt. Barry's boat we had Jody and Lucy,
and Connie and Joe fished on my boat. Both couples were staying at the
Victoria Inn. Connie and Joe have fished with me at lease half a dozen
times before. (Everyone should remember them, Connie is the gal who
throws a baitcaster better than most men). We picked the couples
up early at the Victoria Inn. We knew the weather wasn't looking so
great before we left. But with a stiff East Wind, cloudy skies, we made
our way over to where the redfish have been at the last several days. As
it has been everyday this week, we were there for about 5 minutes with
the first redfish of the day turned Joe's one piece rod into a two piece
rod. We had our 10 fish limit in the boat before 630, and played catch
and release for another 2 hours. The rain came, and we got soaked
standing in it, but who cares when you are catching redfish on every
single cast. The girls put on a clinic on catching fish. Around 845, and
50 fish later, everyone was soaked and ready to head back to the dock.
Capt. Barry stayed a little while longer, but made his way back soon
after us. All fish caught on shrimp on the bottom. The weather is
not looking very good for the weekend, may have to cancel what trips we
have. Thank you to the 2 crews that fished with us the morning, we
May 22, 2009
May 21, 2009
- Day 2 with the Jim
Schill group was just about a repeat of yesterday. The only difference
was that the guys changed boats. After a trophy bluegill yesterday
George wasn't going to be outdone landing an awesome 5 inch goggle eye.
The guys once again caught redfish all morning long. With multiple
double and triple hookups, it was just a short while before the guys
caught their easy limits once again. For the next 5 hours, both boats,
caught and released dozens of great redfish to fight another day. All
fish were caught on shrimp on the bottom. I would like to thank this
crew for fishing with us once again, it was definitely our pleasure, and
hope to have everyone back soon. Out tomorrow if the weather holds.
May 20, 2009
- After two hard earned days off, I was back out on Wednesday's
with the Jim Schill party. The sad thing is Jim got a phone call at 1 AM
that morning from his wife with terrible news that his mother had passed
away. The crew had drove here from Texas, and he didn't want Bob, Jimmy,
Tom, Karl and George to miss the trip, so they brought Jim to the
airport early this morning to catch a flight back to Dallas. Our sincere
condolences go out to Jim and his family. The guys had a great trip on
day one, and was wishing Jim could have been there with them. After 2
days of letting the water settle down, I headed back to the redfish
hotspot early. When we arrived on site, we found the water to be fair,
but saw schools of redfish on the surface. It was a matter of making of
couple cast to find out where to drop anchor and set up shop. Once we
did it was on. The guys on my boat, as well as Capt. Barry's boat
limited out in an hour, and for the rest of the morning we released
redfish after redfish until the guys had enough and we returned to the
docks. Once again we had to land over 100 redfish between both boats,
easy! The feeding frenzy was so strong, that even a small little
bluegill decided he needed to get in on the action, and inhaled a
shrimp. I would have to say after all of my years fishing, I have never
caught a bluegill while fishing for redfish. Baits of the days were
spinner baits and shrimp on the bottom.
- Monday afternoon trip with Mike Vissichelli and Andrew Dangler. What
can I say, conditions were as bad as they can get. Thought things
wouldn't be terrible since the wind was better in the evening that they
were in the morning. That Cold Front (yes Front in Mid May) killed the
fishing. Left from Cocharia's around 2:30. When I left the dock
the water was terrible all the way to Little Lake, Bay Round, Bay Long,
Three Bayou Bay. Back thru Texaco, found one spot with some clean water.
So that is where we set up shop, and the crew worked hard for their 4
keeper reds and 3 bass. All fish were caught on Spinner baits, blk/chart,
what else. Can't win everyday. The fishing will be back off the charts
once the tide comes up, and the water settles down.
May 18, 2009
Still have a boat open for Saturday due
to a late cancellation, give us a call if you would like to get in on
some of the great Louisiana Fishing that we are spoiled too!
May 15-17, 2009 -
Another weekend bachelor party. The Scott
Steenrod bachelor party, Scott, Joe, Wes, Jon, Richard, Allen, Troy,
Scott, and Jeff were in town to have a good time and enjoy some good
food. Capt. Tommy, Barry and I provided the good time with the guys
catching over 100 redfish between the three boats. We kept enough fish
for Jan's to provide the good food. Shrimp on the bottom, under a cork,
but the better fish were caught on spinner baits and top dogs.
Capt. Mike fished the Sawyer's, David &
Anna. They fished for 2 days catching over 44 keeper reds. Great
folks to fish with. Thanks to all our customers that fished with us this
past week. Out all week so check back.
May 14, 2009 -
Another 40+ Redfish
We all know the trout are out there, but
when you can catch all the reds you want up to 9 pounds, what do you do?
My customers today said they wanted to get in on the fantastic redfish
bite, so off we went. Capt. Mike D. had David and Anna Sawyer who have
fished with him the last couple of years. I had Jeff Mackert and Donna
Catapano. Both couples were staying at the Victoria Inn. We left the
dock early and made our way to the redfish hotspot, and it was only a
couple casts until the first fish decided to show these folks was sheer
power is all about. For the rest of the morning, we caught and released
these bronze beauties.. All fish caught on spinner baits. They kept 2
and we kept 4 for dinner. I had problems with my motor on the way in
,its running on 5 cylinders , so I'll keep this short. I've got to get
old Nellie Belle, my back up boat, ready for the next couple of days.
Pics to come.
May 12, 2009 - The Onslaught Continues!
Today I had the pleasure of fishing with
John Devites and Don Carter. When I am telling you we caught fish all
day, we caught fish all day! Left the dock early to flat calm
conditions. Made for a great ride out. Arrived on scence to find decent
water, and lots of bait. Started trolling, and before long, wham, a big
red decided he was ready to meet his making. For the remainder of the
morning, it was same ole, same ole. Throw in a dozen nice trout and it
would have been a topped off box. But, at the customers request we only
kept 6 reds, and 6 trout for lunch again at Jan's. All in all, we
probably caught and released 6 limits of redfish to fight another day.
Just a perfect day to be on the water!
8-10, 2009 - Lafitte Weekend Report
Needless to say, the winds decided to
start laying down, and as we have been saying for the last 2 months, as
soon as the winds quit, the fishing was going to bust loose. The shrimp
and baitfish are everywhere and the speckled trout bite, as well as the
redfish bite has now topped the charts. The water everywhere is finally
starting to settle and get clearer by the day. We fished all weekend,
and just about all boats put a dent in the fish population. We caught
plenty of redfish, and trout.
Friday, Capt. Mike, Barry and I had the
Nick Swyka bachelor party. Friday was on the breezy side. We caught
lots of reds, and we all went and had a great lunch at Jan's.
Saturday Capt. Tommy had a couple for the Victoria Inn. He picked up
where we left off, and easily nailed over 30 redfish. Sunday Capt. Barry
had a group of northern boys and once again it was only redfish, plenty
of them! Spinner baits for most of the fish, but some did fall to gulp
shrimp under a cork. I have to admit, and I am willing to bet that if
you are reading this report you feel the same way, there is nothing like
a big red nailing your spinner bait. The thrill of that first mad dash
for freedom, the rod doubled over, and to hear that high pitch squeal of
your power pro braided line stretched to the max, there is just nothing
like it. Well, if you are one of the many whose charter is coming up,
get ready, because it is on!
May 7, 2009 -
Today was my last
day with Mr. Jessie after 3 great days of fishing. I hope I can do the
things he does when I am 80. He gave it hell for three straight days.
Today was the best of the three days. With light winds and clear water,
he ended up catching his limit of reds and trout. He even had several
battles with three big bull reds. He said next time he wants a
broomstick for those guys. Salt & pepper beetles under a cork for the
trout and blk/char spinner baits for the reds. Thanks for fishing with
us Mr. Jessie, hope to join you again in the future. Out with a bachelor
party tomorrow, should be fun.
May 6, 2009 -
Day 2 with Mr. Jessie didn't
turn out like I would have hoped, no fishing for trout today, it was
redfish once again. We may try again tomorrow if the winds are down.
Capt. Barry had a couple of local guys who were playing hooky from work,
so no names are going to be written. He had a dozen fish, reds and trout
and Mr. Jessie had his limit, mine and maybe a dozen more.
All fish caught on H&H spinner baits
May 1-5, 2009 -
Friday: I had the Jeremy
Shows party from Hattiesburg, MS. Conditions that day were
the same that they were for the 2 weeks prior. Windy. So off to
the ponds we went. Armed with Spinner baits and shrimp, we went
to trolling the banks on the east side of the bayou. The water
clarity was good, and the fish were feeding. We ended the day
with a nice box of reds, and trout. The guys had a great time,
and went home wind burnt.
Saturday and Sunday:Capt. Tommy and
I had the Mike Desoto party from Marksville, La. and Capt. Barry
had the Omar Zelaya party. Saturday was by far the best day as
far as the weather was concerned, because Sunday we had to be
approaching gale force. Our crews were determined to get out
there and catch fish, and so were we. All boats tooks of towards
Myrtle Grove to again fish in the high water duck ponds. With
just enough grass, and clear water, all boats caught beautiful
boxes of fish. Most fish were caught on spinner baits, gold
spoons, and dead shrimp under a cork.
Yesterday Capt. Mike D. and I had
the Mike Desoto group for day number 3. I have to really thank
this crew, they always fish with us, several times a year, and
really are good friends, and great fisherman. The winds weren't
terrible yesterday, but we had greener pastures in mine. We
headed to our new secret redfish hotspot, and started catching
fish right away. In 3 hours both boats were almost to our
limits, when we got the phone call that we had so serious
weather on the way. So I advised my crew, that it was time to
go, and they were ready. We made it back to the dock, got the
fish cleaned, right before the rain let loose.
Today I had one man crew,
Jesse Mafuild. Jesse is 80 years young, and is from Cambridge,
MA. He is an excellent fisherman, and a very interesting man.
With very light winds, Yes, I said light winds, we went after
redfish. Would have given the trout a try, but I know the water
will be chocolate milk for the next couple days. We ended the
day with a very easy limit of reds, and several good keeper size
trout. Tomorrow, I am going to make the run for trout, and do a
check it out kind of thing, since I know where the redfish are.
Will be a nice break, and a nice change of scenery for me.
We are booked up pretty good the
rest of the month. If you are looking for any weekend dates, you
need to call today if you would like a boat. Also, we have a few
days remaining during the middle of the week on my boat, so if
you want to go, just let me know. We are all inclusive, every
detail is taken care of for one price. From Licenses, drinks, to
the fish cleaning on ice on your way home, and every detail in
between. Let me do the work while you enjoy. You will not be
disappointed. Hope to fish with you soon. Check back tomorrow on
the Barataria Bay, Little Lake, Hackberry Scouting report.
As Always, Thanks!
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