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30, 2009 - July 5, 2009 - WHAT A WEEK!
Fishing over the last week
has been nothing short of Fantastic. The temps outside have been soaring
to record levels over the last 2 weeks, but if you can deal with the
heat, the fish are biting! Still working the Little Lake area as the
redfish are still schooled up. Even with the holiday pressure, the fish
still remained in nice size schools. Easy limits for all boats over the
holiday, including the guides as well as the sports. It was just a great
weekend for all folks who journeyed down to the bayou to do some fishing
and cooking. The LDWF were out in full force, which kept everyone safe.
So big thanks to those guys.
On Friday my neighbor across the canal,
Randy, his sister Rachel her two boys Jordan and Dylan left their house
at 5:30 sharp. It was a little choppy crossing little lake but once we
made it to the other side it was a clam bank, clean water and the fish
were waiting for us. Rachael and her two boys are from Arkansas and
never had much luck at catching fish, they
said just a few fish would make their day. We did manage to do just a
little better than that, a fine mess of reds and a few drum. A few that
got away and back at the house by 9:30 to beat the heat. All fish caught
on spoons and spinner baits. The fish were feeding on shad, so the blk/pearl
cocahoe seemed to work the best. The boys have already blown up their
pictures, framed them and hung them up on the wall. I know they were
happy with their catch.
Below are a few pics from
several of the groups over the last couple days. All fish are still
being caught on black and chartreuse spinner baits, or gold spoons. Most
groups that went out, all requested that we hit the docks before 10 due
to the heat. When you catch your fish early, why suffer. Got another
really busy week ahead, so be sure to check back for update on the
redfish bite in Lafitte.
29, 2009 -
Barry fished the Wardlaw party, and I had the Woodcook family. Both
boats left the dock around 5:30. When we made it to some open water
there was a west, southwest winds at 8 mph, which made for a light
chop. When we arrived at our spot we found clear water and schooling
redfish that were waking up and down the banks. The bite for the first
couple of hours was strong, but seemed to slow down around 9:30. Capt.
Barry`s crew had a box of big reds and, and my crew caught their easy
limit of solid 5-7 pound fish of which all were released to fight
another day. Bait, same thing we have been throwing the past few weeks,
Blk/char on a #4 spinner.
22-28, 2009 - Report for last week. Sorry it took me a couple
days to catch up. The weather is extremely hot. I have been requesting
that all groups make it to the dock at 5am so that as soon as it gets
safe light we can get underway to try and beat the intense heat. Most of
last week, the winds were very light, with the exception of a day or
two. The water has been, and continues to be crystal clear, and the tide
continues to be on the low side. Skies have been bright blue, with a
stray cloud here and there. Water temps are as warm as your bath water,
and the fishing remains very strong. All trips except for one over the
past 6 days have caught their limit, and the crew that didn't came very
close with 7 keepers, and a couple stories of the ones that got away. We
have been targeting redfish, and besides reds, we have been catching
some drums, flounder, and a few lost trout. We have still been focusing
our efforts from Lake Salvador to Little Lake, with the best areas being
on the west and south west sides of Little Lake. The bait of choice over
the past week remains a black and chartreuse H&H cocahoe, with a #4 gold
spinner fished with Power Pro line. Trust me, it works!
On Saturday Capt. Tommy fished the David
Hessel party and I had the Jackson party for their second day. The bite
on Friday was almost too easy, but Saturday they had to work a little
harder to fill the box. Tommy's crew didn't keep any fish so that made
for an easy day for him, although he did help me out cleaning some of
our catch. Bait selection has been pretty much the same for the past
several weeks, its hard to change what works. Spinner baits, blk/chart
cocahoes and on some days, later in the morning, blue moon is the
ticket. We have been fishing Salvador and most of Little Lake for the
past month. The redfish are there, if you don't find them in one place,
move to another location.
The Coleman`s from
Texas are both in the army and are station at FT. Hood, TX. They both
have done two tours in Iraq. As a Vietnam Veteran, Army recon platoon
forward observor, myself and this country are thankful for their
service, welcome home. The fishing was not as hot as the heat in Iraq,
but we did manage to box a few nice reds and a few throwbacks, not bad
for their first time. All fish caught on spoons and spinner baits, blk/chart.
Fishing all week
long, so check back for updates.
20-21, 2009 - Another Great Weekend in Lafitte
We ran 5 trips this
weekend. On Friday we had the Thomas party, Saturday we had the Williams
and Younger party, and Sunday we had the Legndre in the morning and a
group from Victoria Inn in the afternoon. The redfish bite continues to
be hot even with temps approaching 100 degrees. We fished Sunday
afternoon from 2 to 6 and still managed to catch a fine mess of reds.
With the light winds we have been having the water remains clear. Not
much cloud cover which turns the heat on by 10am, don't forget the
sunscreen. Most fish caught on spinner baits but some were caught tight
lining dead shrimp on the bottom. All trips fished the same area around
Bay L'Ours, Little Lake, and Turtle Bay. All fish have been in schools
from 5-25 fish. As soon as you hook up to one fish, instantly one or two
others get hooked up which make things very exciting on the boat for the
customers. The fantastic fishing should remain all this week as no real
weather changes are on the horizon.
19, 2009 - Fished today with the Kitchen brothers. The guys
wanted to fish redfish, so with an early start it didn't take long
before we arrived on scene and started catching fish. They had their
limit in the boat in no time again today. The bite wasn't as fast as
yesterday, but it was still as good as you could ask for. Light winds,
clear water, lots of bait which seem to be where the fish are holding.
All fish caught on H&H cocahoes, Blk/chart with a #4 spinner gold
spinners. All fish still coming from the Turtle Bay, Bayou Perot, and
Little Lake areas. Basically caught fish at all stops. We were back at
the dock early, and now it is time to get ready for LSU. GEAUX TIGERS!
June 17-18, 2009
- Fished the last 2
days for my good friend Papa Joe Bush. He had a 2 boat crew that fishes
with him every year from Baton Rouge. Yesterday's trip, we actually had
to do a little work for the fish. By work I mean the limit maker didn't
land in the box until about 10am. By this time the bite had picked up
significantly, and the guys played catch and release for a while until
it was time to take a nice boat ride in to dry off the sweat beads. When
the day was done, 30 beautiful
reds were on the dock for their photo op.
Today, totally different story. We headed
out a couple minutes after 5. We arrived at the fishing grounds around
525 or so, and had our limit polished off by 7am. The guys played catch
and release the rest of the morning, and then around 9 the guys looked
at each other and said, we have had enough. So, we packed up shop, and
headed in. Both boats again limited out in a matter of minutes. 2 day
catch was 60 gorgeous reds, and several larger throwbacks.
Saw a ton of boats out this morning, I was
fishing a bank solo for a while, then the boats moved in. When they have
redfish in groups of 10-50 swimming up and down the bank, there is
plenty of fish to go around for everyone. The
trout bite is still good south towards the gulf. Luckily all of our
customers have wanted to get in on the insane redfish bite that is taken
place within 25 minutes of the marinas.
All fish this morning was caught on H&H
Black/Chart on a gold spinner. And boy were they eating it up.
Conditions this morning, HOT, Calm on the
lee shores we were fishing, crystal clear water, low tide (be careful
near the shores).
For all the anglers fishing this weekend,
remember lots and lots of sunscreen and water. Tried to get out as early
as possible as the mornings are very pleasant. Around 10 or so, the
mercury starts to shoot straight up. Good Luck to everyone.
June 16, 2009
- Another great day to
be on the water this morning. My clients today the Lindsly family,
Stephanie, Randall and their daughter Casie, enjoyed a beautiful
sunrise, and gentle boat ride out. I must say that the Stephanie doesn't
let any handicap stop her from enjoying a fun day of fishing. They
needed a little help getting around the boat, but that wasn't any
problem, nor did they have any problems casting and reeling those
redfish in. Fished the same area I have been working for the last
several days. Crystal clear water, good tide, plenty of bait around. Got
warm really quick, but wasn't as hot as the bite this morning. This crew
polished off their limit, and released a few others to fight another
day. All fish caught on spinner baits, blk/chart early, blue moon later
in the morning
Finally a chance to
catch up on some reports. We have been super busy with multiple boats
out everyday. The fishing continues to be phenomenal, with clear water,
warm temps, and very light winds. The redfish have been stacked up on
the area bays, and the morning bite has just been great with all of
early morning tide movement.
June 10-14, 2009
Want to say thanks to the David
Hastings, Frank Liller, Peter Marijanovic, Curtis Leoni parties for
fishing with us. We know you all enjoyed your days of fish catching of
hope you return in the future.
The Curtis Leoni party wanted me to
mention that they actually had blisters on their hands for catching so
All of our fish were caught on spinner
baits, with the best colors being black and chartreuse cocahoes, and one
of my new favorite colors, the blue moon, with a #4 gold spinner. All
fished caught while trolling the areas bays in 1-4 feet of water. Out
the rest of the week so check back.
June 9, 2009
Fished today with the Sabens, Alison and
Jerry from Alabama. Left the dock around 5:45 headed south. Sunny, light
chop and clean water which made for a great day of fishing. Caught fish
at every placed we stopped and left them biting. All fish caught on
spinner baits, and once again, blue moon was the hot bait. Going back
out this afternoon, hope the bite is half as good as this morning.
Here are a few more
pictures from the last several trips.
Evening Trip -
Fished this evening with the nephew of
my neighbor Don Boudreaux. Jim Smith was a fly fishing guide in Montana.
He now lives on a sailboat in Maryland, and is down here visiting his
uncle and had never caught a redfish, so I took them out on a short
afternoon trip. The bite was nowhere as good as this morning but we did
manage 9 very nice ones. Everything on blk/chart this afternoon
A box shot of reds and a few lost trout we caught on Saturday.
I have to respect my clients wishes not to have any pictures taken of
them, due to the nature of their jobs. All fish caught on spinner baits,
once again blue moon was the hot bait of the day. All fish were caught
in the Little Lake area again. Out again all week log.
June 6-7, 2009
June 1-5, 2009
- Sorry for the lack
of reports but my Wife and I went on vacation this last week and I just
returned yesterday. While I was gone Capt. Barry and Capt. Mike held
down the fort running all of the trips. I got a few pics from their
trips already, but once I get the reports I will post them here on our
Back to business this morning, and was I
ever ready to hit the bayou early. Capt. Barry had Ben Creel and his son
Alex and I had Steve Haas, his wife Sherry, Ronnie Delavan and his wife
Chris. Barry fished on the east side of the barataria waterway, and I
fished the west side. Both areas produced limits of redfish. The one
double hookup we had was a contrast in sizes. Steve gets the trophy for
smallest redfish. Overcast, windy and cool for a June morning, water
falling and very clean. All fish caught on spinner baits, blk/chart, and
blue moon which has been a very hot color lately. If the wind lays down,
will give the trout a try tomorrow.
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!
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