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March 24, 2010 - March 30, 2010
Snyder was back for his second trip in two weeks. His daughter came
along on the first trip, this time it was his son, Hunter. Not as many
fish as their first trip, but we did have more keepers. Most fish were
caught on shrimp under a cork. We did catch several bass as well, all on
I had a couple of guys from Virginia, Jacob and Shawn. Muddy and windy
conditions produced a dozen reds and one bass for their effort. Shawn
had the largest red of the day at 9lbs. Tight lining shrimp on the
bottom was the bait of the day.
Fishing the past 2
weeks was a little windy to to put it mildly. If it wasn`t gail force
winds it was close. Anyway, Capt. Barry had the Steve Haas party and I
had Herb Leuthe and his friend John. Between both boats we did
manage to catch one fish short of four limits. A few fish fell to
spinner baits, but most were caught on shrimp under a cork or
tightlining a 1/4 oz jighead on the bottom. More than even I expected in
those conditions. Thanks guys for sticking it out with us.
Benefit raffle for Joey
Schwindling was held during the boat show. It was won by Graham Hunt
March 23, 2010
Last weeks trip with Robert Snyder and
his daughter Molly. Low tides and muddy water made for some tough
fishing conditions, but this father and daughter team still managed
to catch a dozen reds. All fish caught tight lining shrimp on the
bottom. Robert and his son will be fishing with me this upcoming
March 15, 2010
Fishing this past weekend was a little
windy to to put it mildly. If it wasn`t gail force winds it was close.
Anyway, Capt. Barry had the Steve Haas party and I had Herb Leuthe and
his friend John. Between both boats we did manage to catch one fish
short of four limits. A few fish fell to spinner baits, but most were
caught on shrimp under a cork or tightlining a 1/4 oz jighead on the
bottom. More than even I expected in those conditions. Thanks guys for
sticking it out with us.
A break in
the weather gave us a chance to get in a few weekend trips.
The trout have been hard to find so we have been chasing reds and bass
when we have a chance to get out. I had the Barksdale party on Saturday,
Chad Hensley, Mike Kiggins on Sunday and a couple for Capt. Joe on
Monday. Most of the fish have been caught in dead end canals on
You have to do a lot of moving around to find clean water. Looks like
another week of cold weather which will make for some tough fishing.
For the past
several years in January John Sprague, Larry Simmons and Eddie Luczynski
have come down from New York state to fish with me. This year their
friend Karl came along with them. I look forward to seeing them
every year. They have become more like friends instead of clients. They
always fish for two days but last year with temps in the 20`s we only
got to fish one day due to the airlines losing their luggage.
We fished Thursday
and Friday which probably were two of the best weather days, after the
cold and before the rain.
The action wasn't
fast but remained steady for both days. A few trout, a dozen or so
sheepshead and 50 plus redfish with most of them being keepers.
They kept 5 each
day between 16 to 20 inches to eat at Jan`s and released the rest to
fight another day. All fish caught on shrimp under a cork.
Cold Weather in Lafitte!
Monday I had the
pleasure of fishing with Dave Payne. Due to the cold temps we left the
dock at 8:30 which probably was a good idea. Actually the boat ride back
was worst. The trout bite was slow catching only a dozen, but we left
the redfish biting. Grubs on the bottom for the trout and shrimp on the
bottom for the reds.
On Saturday Capt.
Mike Daigle took out Rick West and his son. They have a very good
morning boating 43 solid trout, only keeping 5 for lunch at Jan's. All
their fish were caught on curly tail grubs on the bottom.
21-25, 2009 - I would like to
thank all our clients who fished with us during the Christmas Holidays.
Capt. Barry fished the Charles Lee party. I had The Devidts party on
Tuesday, and Wednesday. I then fished the Larsen party on Saturday. We
averaged about 20 to 25 trout and a few reds on all trips. The
conditions were pretty tough with blustery winds, and dirty water. We
hit the Canals around Texaco and Clovelly to hide out and found some
clean water and some trout that were hungry. While moving around
Tuesday, we got on a school of drum and caught fish for three hours
non-stop. Plastic for the trout and shrimp under a cork for the reds and
drum. Still not many fish to be had in the normal December spots in
Lafitte. The Pen and Lake Salvador have been fairly quiet. But one of
these days the fish will show up.
Would like to say Happy Holidays to all
of our Clients and Friends. We have had another banner year, and we owe
it to all of you. Thanks for letting us share our love for the outdoors
with all of you.
Rain, Rain, go away. It has been a tough
December in the bayou state. With over 23 inches of rain in the first 14
days of the month. We have had numerous charters rescheduled, and I
personally haven't been fishing in over 5 days. The water is finally
starting to fall now that a small front has pushed through the coastal
regions. The water is most areas has been really dirty, and last time
out we were fishing in the dead end canals around Texaco. We were
catching some solid trout fishing beetles under a cork. The redfish were
also cooperating. The bass bite has also been solid in the Westwego
area. I talked to some friends who were catching numbers of solid fish
there. No big lunkers, but solid 1-2 pound fish. I have also been
spending some time at the family farm in Mississippi trying to get some
hunting in while the deluges were going on. Managed to catch some
awesome bass in the lake up there, with the biggest going around 7
pounds. Seeing quite a few deer, and the bucks are starting to scrape up
the place. We are still about 3 weeks from the rut where we hunt, but
the activity is starting. Duck hunting starts again this weekend, and I
have been seeing more ducks flying around, so hopefully this split will
be better than the first for the folks who hunt the Lafitte area. Got
some days between now and New Years open if you would like to get out
and make a day fishing trout, reds or bass. We still have our special
running, 50 bucks off every trip Monday thru Friday. This price includes
everything. Below is the last trip we got out a few days ago.
Here is a picture
of Mike DeSoto with his limit of reds from last week. Him and I fished
three days. Redfish on the first two days, on the third day we located
some trout close to the launch, but after a couple of hours the weather
ran us in.
14-20, 2009 -
Another great weekend of fishing in
The water has been pretty low the last
couple of days with the passage of a cold front, and the morning temps
have been on the cool side. The redfish have made their way back in to
the deeper holes with the lower water, and along the shoreline of the
interior bays. The trout have still not made their way into Lafitte just
yet, but they are not far away. With good numbers coming from the Little
Lake / Bay L'our area on the west side, and the Bay Round area on the
east side. They should be in our backyard any day now. On the warmer
days you can still catch some redfish in the duck ponds with shrimp
under a cork, or spinner baits. The bass fishing has been excellent as
well with big numbers coming out of the Westwego area before the opened
the David Pond diversion. The next couple weeks should remain strong and
steady. Pick your days if you can. The day or two after the fronts are a
little tough with the wind, but right after the wind lays down and water
clarity is good, the bite picks right back up. Lake Salvador is holding
some redfish at present, and I did hear of a couple trout coming out of
there, although I haven't fished in there yet.
Today I had the pleasure of fishing with
Clive and Joanne Tillbrook, all the way from London, England. Clive is a
fly fishing instructor and does some guiding in the UK. He has been here
in the U.S. several times and has caught redfish on the gulf coast and
rock fish on the east coast. This was his first time bass fishing and
his first bass. He actually caught a dozen or more and a nice red for a
camera. All fish caught on spinner baits and all released to fight
Saturday I had the pleasure of fishing with Robert Byrum from Va. Beach,
Va. It was after 7 before we left the dock, blue bird and not a ripple
on the water. We tried the trout for a short while with not much luck so
it was off to find some reds. First stop produced one on a spinner bait,
but that was it. He finished his limit and more tight lining
shrimp on a jig head, trolling the shoreline.
We will be running a HOLIDAY
SPECIAL in December. Monday thru Friday $50.00 off all charters. This
price includes everything, plus drinks and your fishing license. Give me
a call if you would like to book a trip. Thanks.
1-13, 2009 -
Fishing is great after IDA came through.
The trout have started showing up in numbers, and the redfish bite is
still going strong. The water in Lafitte is low after the passage of IDA
and a cold front there after. The water is clear in certain areas, and
the trout can be found from Little Lake to Bay Round. Best spots for the
redfish have been back in Bayou Dupont areas, but it will be tough to
fish back there this weekend with the opener of the Duck Season.
November is usually one of the best months of the year to fish, and this
year is no exception. The weather is nice, the boat rides are shorter,
and the fish are really frisky. All crews that have been out lately have
caught really nice messes of fish. Canceled a few days with the approach
of Ida, and a vacation to Las Vegas, but the next couple weeks will be
busy so check back. Also, we will be running our Holiday Special again
this year. $50 off on any trip Monday -Thursday from December 1st
through the New Year. If you would like to get in on the action, just
give us a call. All trips are still all inclusive, just show up with
your ice chest to bring your bagged fish fillets home in.
16-28, 2009 -Its been a busy
week for me with fishing trips, trying to get a blind built on our new
mud boat and also getting in a couple of deer hunts. Here are some
reports from the past week.
I would like to thank
the following parties for fishing with us this week. The Snider,
Bradley, Cotton, Hall (Came from California to fish for last several
years), Canon, Burks, Kible, Ryan, Colby. We really appreciate you.
Its been good
fishing the past week or so as you can see by some of the pictures. We
have been fishing mostly duck ponds, but with the duck season opening up
in a couple of weeks our time is running out. It will be back to the
main lakes and bays and back to the trout. Shrimp under a cork has been
producing most of the fish, but a few have been caught on spinner baits.
The water still remains fair to good, even with the strong north winds,
strong south winds, high water, low water situation. The fish are there,
and they are eager to bite.
Capt. Barry made a
scouting trip to find some trout, and he found them. They are stacked up
in numbers just south of Lafitte, and before long they will be in our
I like to thank
all our clients that fished with us the past week. Hopefully I'll get
these reports up a little sooner. It has been an absolute great October
for fishing. The weather is nice, and all of our crews have been a
pleasure to fish with. To all that tried to book a boat and couldn't, we
have some days remaining in November, but you will need to call us soon.
October - December is some of the best fishing of the year, and folks
know that, and the books fill up fast. To all the folks fishing with us
over the next several days, fishing looks to remain constant, with not
any serious weather changes, except for a little rain.
October 8 - 15
On Friday we had the Carl Steinkemp party.
This was their third Gators vs Tigers fishing trip. All I can say is
that the fishing turned out to be the same as the game, with the Gators
On Saturday I had
Kenneth Heintz and his son Keith , Capt. Barry had the Komo party from
Baton Rouge. The bait of choice was Spinner baits, tight lining
purple/chart and blk/chart cocahoes, and shrimp on a carolina rig or
under a cork worked great on both days.
My party for
Sunday canceled, but we will be out for most of this week.
Just finished up 2
great days of fishing with a crew that comes down and fish with Papa Joe
Bush every year. The first day we caught 39 reds, and the second day we
had over 20, and that was just on my boat. Papa Joe put a spanking on
the fish too. Also, this group of guys could really fish. They all
showed up with their own tackle, etc, and all I had to do was work the
trolling motor. What a treat. Thanks. Strong cold from passing through
Louisiana, this will make the fishing tough this weekend.
1-7,2009 - Just to catch up on
some trips from the past several days. Thursday we had the Pat Mason
bachelor party and on Friday it was the Justin Hahn bachelor party. Both
days the guys enjoyed some of their catch at Jan's for lunch. Saturday
Sunday and Monday I had Cary Reno and his dad Henry, from Georgia. On
Sunday Capt Barry had Todd Devidts and his son. The fishing has been
awesome the past several days. We have been fishing deep holes when the
tide is moving or points and shoreline on slack tide. Some days its more
reds, other days its more drum, some days plenty of both. We mostly have
been fishing with shrimp, but today most of our reds were caught on
black/chart cocahoes on the bottom fishing points out in the lake.
The fishing has been fantastic the past
several days. One of my best customers, Mike Desoto and his crew from
Marksville, LA fished with Capt. Barry and I on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday Capt. Barry had Chris Poche and his son Eli. I had Mike for
the third day and he brought along two friends, Lane and Katie. The
first day we caught all our fish in the ponds. The Second day we changed
it up and caught all fish from shorelines and canal points of the area
bays. Day three with the front coming in, we found a deep hole that
produced all our fish. Bait of choice was Shrimp under a cork the first
two days, and shrimp on a Carolina rig on the third day. Want to
say thanks for everyone fishing with us, we always appreciate it.
25, 2009 -Day 2 with Jim and Kay
Crow. Yesterday was stick and move, today it was stick and we were done.
Some days it just works out like that. Kay had the hot hand today, she
had three reds and a drum in the boat before Jim caught the first fish.
They can't wait for the next time. We finished our limit in the first
hour or so, and played catch and release with several others. All fish
caught on shrimp under a cork. Out again tomorrow with the Desoto party
from Marksville, weather permitting.
24, 2009 - After a week or so of
not being on the water it was back to work. Once again I had the
pleasure of fishing with Jim and Kay Crow from Indiana. Left the dock
around 6:30 heading south. After a 35 minute boat ride they were ready
to put a line in the water. Things started off rather slow but we
managed to pick up a few fish here and there, a stick and move morning.
The first few fish were caught on spinner baits but shrimp under a cork
proved to be the bait of the day. Out again with the Crow's tomorrow
8-13, 2009 -Lafitte Weekend
With all of the predicted bad weather, both
of my trips for the weekend rescheduled. So when the weather broke
around 8am, called up my son and asked if he wanted to go, and by 815 we
were on our way. The tide is extremely high so we thought we would try
going to the east side and try fishing in the duck ponds that looked
like small bays. We worked from the Pen, to Myrtle Grove and caught
redfish at every stop, and one lost trout. We must have fished over 10
spots in about 2 hours scouting. The water was CRYSTAL clear in the pen,
and kind of an off color back of Bayou DuPont. Tons of mullets and shads
all over, and the reds were just cruising the broken up marsh islands
eating them up. We made it back to the dock around 11am just before the
rain started to come down again. The weather is looking much better this
week, and we have some days open, if you would like to get in on the
redfish or trout action just give us a call.
On a side note, Our Saints looked
fantastic, could this be the year? We'll see.
As Always, Thanks!
2-7, 2009 - Fishing Getting
better by the day!
The fishing has been strong over the
past several days with the redfish, and drum stacking up in the deeper
holes. Trout are starting to migrate further north towards Lafitte from
the Gulf, and the bass fishing has been good, if you can pick your days.
Capt. Mike fished the
Rafferty family on Monday, Kim, Danielle and Mike. They almost had to
tie Kim down when she caught her first fish, that's how excited she was.
All fish caught on shrimp on the bottom fishing holes around the Little
2009 - Today I had the pleasure
of fishing with Bill Yarborough and his two sons from Texas. Left the
dock around 6am, got halfway to where I was going and realized that I
forgot the bait at the house. No harm done, we still got there early
enough to put a spanking on those redfish. Our first stop was our last
stop. A few for lunch at Jan's, some for the pit at the house and bunch
released to fight another day. All fish caught on shrimp and live pogies
on the bottom.
August 27 -
31, 2009 - A couple of trips
from this past weekend. Bob Boudreaux and his wife on Friday , Carl and
Joanna on Sunday. Friday it was mostly all redfish, but on Sunday we
picked up a dozen or so small trout where I have been catching only
redfish. It looks like they may be starting to move in. We should have
some great fall fishing. All fish caught on shrimp on the bottom, shrimp
under a cork and gulp shrimp on the bottom for the trout.
2009 - Today was one of those
days when I wanted to try another area different from where I fished
yesterday, even though the fish were on the surface and biting. Wrong
move, not a fish in the boat for the first two hours, tried plastic and
shrimp. Moved to where I was yesterday and it was too late, windy and no
visible fish on the surface. Kicked myself a few times for not going
their first. One thing I learned from bass fishing, never leave biting
fish to look for something else. Headed for a couple of holes that were
productive last week and that proved to be the answer. A box of fish and
several bull reds caught and released to fight another day. All fish
caught on shrimp on a Carolina rig.
2009- Left the dock with the
Rick Rodriguez party at 6 am. The weekend hadn't been that great with
the trout so redfish would be our target. First area had stained water a
produce only one keeper redfish, so it was off to find better water and
hopefully more fish. On our next stop we found what we were looking for,
clean water and redfish on the surface. Today you had to make the right
cast, three feet in front and over the fish, than reel it in on his
nose. Anything else would spook the fish and they were gone. Problem
today we had too many catch and release, that is before we wanted to.
All fish today caught on spinner baits with smoke/chart tail cocahoe`s
on 30# power pro. Back at it tomorrow
2009- To all that have written
and called, everything is fine on the bayou, just been behind in the
reports. With an action packed, extremely busy summer, August is usually
a slow month in the fishing business since schools are going back in
session, and the vacation season is over. We have been running several
trips, but we have been enjoying some down time, and working on other
projects coming up for the winter time. I really didn't realize how many
folks read our reports on a daily basis, and for that I apologize and
will get back to posting reports, conditions, and catches.
We've fished several days this month.
After a strong summertime redfish bite, the publicity and pressure put a
hurting on the fish in the Little Lake, Turtle Bay area. There were many
days with heavy rain, and wet customers, and a below average tide for
the majority of the month, it was tough to fish the usually higher water
marsh areas, and we had to focus mainly on the bays. Best spots for us
over the last 2 weeks have been in the Myrtle Grove areas fishing near
Bay Round, Lake Laurie, Jefferson Canal. We have also had some ok days
in Lake Salvador which is really hit or miss, and on the north side of
Turtle Bay. On Thursday, 8/20, the tide finally came up to one of the
highest levels of the summer, and we caught several really nice bass in
the Westwego area. Then, a rare cold front came blowing through the
Bayou state and now the tide has dropped very low again, and muddied the
water in lots of places, but on the positive side, what nice weather.
The winds are back slack so the water clarity should rebound very
quickly. Out several days this week, check back for updates.
2009 - Fishing rebounded today.
Had the pleasure of fishing with Claude
Smith and his two sons Cameron and Gentry from Jackson, Mississippi.
Today was a much better day than the last couple of days. The bite was
good early, then tapered off, but started up again just before the rain
started. We were close, but they needed one more fish for their limit,
but a severe thunderstorm was just about on top of us. It chased us all
the way back to the marina. Out with the same crew tomorrow.
2009 - Tough weekend in Lafitte.
This weekend I had
the Gregg Harvey, and Frank Wiliford party. All I can say is that both
parties really worked hard for what they caught. With light winds, high
temps, and very little, if any tide movement, the fish just weren't
Both days we moved
all morning long and worked as hard as we could to make it happen, but
they never turned on for us. We fished with spinner baits, tight lined,
shrimp on the bottom, and a naked female redfish, and nothing would
bite. Both days we started off in the Little Lake area. We fished it
from one side to the other, we fished in Bay L'ours, Brussels, Plum
Point, Coffee Bay, nodda. On Sunday after not having much luck, I
decided it was off to fine greener pastures. I left Little Lake and made
my way towards Bayou St. Denis to go and fish on the East side. I
usually don't fish on the East side when the tide is low, but I figured
it couldn't be any worse. While I was running across Little Lake, just
south of the "Y", the water went from a gorgeous dark clear color, to
instant chocolate milk. The water in Turtle Bay, Harvey Cut, South Side
of the Rigolets, and Bayou Perot is destroyed. There is a huge dredge in
the area that is making the water bad. As I continued to the East side,
I went into Airplane Bay, Bay Round and on through the Texaco canals. It
was really hard to find any decent water, much less fishable water. So
my crews just kept on pounding. Each day the final tally was between
6-10 keeper reds, a few drum, 1-2 flounders, and a couple trout.
Hopefully we will get a good south wind soon to bring the water up to a
normal summertime level. Can't get in any of the duck ponds. With some
high water all the fish should be in there. On a positive note, the bass
fishing has been pretty good in the evenings. Out every day this week,
so check back for updates.
2009 - After
a couple well deserved days off, it was back to work this morning, and
to begin gearing up for a big weekend. The fishing the last week has
been off compared to the last month in general. But, with high hopes we
left the dock nice and early to see if we could make it happen. Fished
today with Jon Gillespie and his friend. He had fished with me several
times before Katrina and has been trying to find time to plan a trip
back to New Orleans. The bite was very good early, 15 beautiful keeper
reds hit the floor of the boat before 9am, then the bite slowed down
considerably and it was one here and there. All fish caught today tight
lining blk/chart cocahoes on a 1/4oz unpainted jig head. We only kept a
few for lunch at Jan's and released the rest to fight another day.
Excellent weather, great crew, and good fishing. Can't ask for more than
2009 - Capt. Mike had fished a
couple of these guys from this crew a little over a week ago, but
the results today was nothing like then. Only 6 reds and a couple bass,
all caught on blt/chart spinner baits. The water was low, and the not
much tide. Just an overall tough day.
A late report from
Friday the 17th. Capt. Mike had the pleasure of fishing with the Selman
family. This was a great family trip, and the girls both caught their
first redfish ever with us. The youngest one ended up catching the
biggest, which happens all the time. The smallest person catches the
On Saturday Capt.
Mike had the Darren Wilson party. Darren Jr, Thomas and Gilbert from
Alabama. I had David Cohn, Guy Cook and Fernando Martins from Superior
Energy. Sunday Capt. Barry took my place with Pierre Legrand and his two
boys. Another injector is out on my engine, so its back to the shop for
the third time in the last 4 months. Evinrude E-Tec, the last white
motor I will ever own.
As for the
fishing this weekend, it pretty much went down hill starting early
Saturday. All crews caught lots of fish, but it was by no means as good
as it has been. The fishing wasn't bad on Saturday, but difficult on
Sunday, lots of small fish. Spinner baits, shrimp under a cork, shrimp
on the bottom. A fish here and there, and no schools to be found.
Covered the east and west side of the Barataria waterway from Little
Lake to Turtle Bay, Bay Long and even back to the Pen.
2009 - My clients today were
David Dunlap from Baton Rouge and Mark Fountain from Florida. We left
the dock early with the approaching weather on the horizon. Cloudy skies
and light winds to start off the morning. We had only a couple of hours
of fishing before the weather moved in on us, and ran us off the water
to seek shelter at a near by camp. We waited the rain out, but the fish
seemed to have shut off by them. They did manage to put their limit in
the box before the rain delay. We were still fishing in the Little Lake
area, and we were throwing blk/chart cocahoes tight lined on a 1/4
oz jighead. I want to say thanks to these gentleman for fishing with me
today, it was certainly my pleasure. Out all weekend, so check back for
2009 - Today I had the pleasure
of fishing with Peter Guerra , his friends Martin, Johnny and Miguel.
They drove here yesterday from Miami to do some red fishing with me
today and are going to Venice tomorrow to do an offshore trip for tuna
and snapper. It was a little wet the first part of the morning, no tide
and the water was a little cloudy from yesterday`s thunderstorms. The
first several hours produced only a handful of fish, plastics were not
doing their job today so we went to plan B. Shrimp on the bottom,
finished off their limit and more. Back to the dock to clean some fish
and lunch at Jan's.
2009 -The only thing that went
right this morning was the fishing. Left the house on the way to the
marina, forgot my hat and camera. Went back to the house to retrieve
them. Made my way back to the marina to pick up my clients David Lanier
and his grandson Cole, then I realize I forgot their licenses. So I had
to go back to the house to get those. Then it took me 10 minutes just to
remember where I put them. By the time I got my brain in check it was
almost 6am and we finally got to leave the dock. The bite today was much
better than yesterday. Only had to fish one area to catch their easy
limit and release a dozen more. By 10am, they had enough of the redfish
hurting their backs, and we made our way back to the dock. Today's
bait of choice was Black/chart cocahoes with spinners early,
and then we switched to tight lining blue moon cocahoes on the bottom
once the sun came up. Out again tomorrow, so check back!
July 14, 2009 -Steve
Haas, his wife and another couple had fished with me just over a month
ago. Today his son Garrett and cousin Colby made the trip with him from
We Left the dock a
5:25 headed south to Little Lake. When we arrived at our first stop
shortly after daybreak. I didn't see much activity on the water,
so we made a short move and found only a few fish wanting to play. So we
moved around a few more times with not much luck. Ended up back where we
originally started and the fish turned on. When it was all said and
done, we almost had a limit of redfish, but we had a few too many small
If Steve was a
baseball player he would have hit for the cycle. He had a sheepshead,
flounder, bass and several reds. Today bait of choice was a Blue Moon
cocahoe, with or without a spinner. Out again tomorrow, as long as the
weather holds. So please check back for more updates.
2009 - After a scheduled, and
thankful weekend off , it was back to business this morning. My clients
today Tanya and Shawn had never caught a redfish before. After just a
couple minutes of fishing, the first redfish was hooked, and landed. A
solid 10 pounds. The only problem everything else was down hill, size
wise for the remainder of the morning. We did catch several limits of
fish, but none as big as the first one. All fish were released to fight
another day. Best bait today was the infamous Blk/char, blk/pearl belly
and blue moon when the sun was high in the sky. All fish came from the
Little Lake, Turtle Bay area. The heat is back on, and we are out all
week, so check back for updates. Thanks!
2009 - This morning was day two
with Richard and Bobo from Monroe, La. This morning turned out to be
just a repeat of day one. Limit of Redfish, and fast. We arrived about
15 minutes earlier than we did yesterday and the fish were waiting for
us. Water was nice, seas were calm, and my crew was ready to lay into
some big reds. Well they did exactly that. We were done by 6:30 .
Purple/white tail baby bull minnow on a #4 gold spinner put most of the
fish in the boat. Played catch and release for two more hours and the
guys had enough. I am writing this report and its 10 am. Can't beat
those hours. Got boats out all weekend, so check back for more updates.
The fishing should continue to be off the charts this weekend. My best
tip, get there early.
July 9, 2009
- Yesterday's trip canceled, but
today we were back out, and boy was the fishing good. We had 2 boats out
this morning. Capt. Joe had Tony Battalio and his daughter Tammy and I
had Richard Davis and his friend BoBo. We left the dock at 5:30, but
will leave even earlier tomorrow to beat the heat. The bite was very
strong early, than shut down. We made a move and found the fish
feeding once again, but by that time it was only catch and release
because their limit was already chilling in the box. Capt. Joe also had
their easy limit of reds, and Tammy looked like a seasoned veteran by
the end of the day. Still throwing spinner baits and more spinner baits,
blk/chart. Out again tomorrow with my same guys. Hopefully for a repeat
of the action we had today. What a nice stretch of fishing this has been
over the last 2 months.
7, 2009 - Pictured below is
R.J. with his 15 minutes of fame. That's about all the time
we had to fish before the sky opened up on us. We spent over an hour or
so at a run down camp and decided to give it up, and head back to
the dock. Probably was not the right decision because the rain quit 30
minutes after I got home, and remained nice through the lunchtime hour.
Their crew will try to do it again next week.
Capt Mike had the Nagle party, and
they waited out the rain and it paid off for them. The fish turned
on after the rain and it didn't take them long to put their limit in the
boat. Blk/chart cocahoes with a # 4 gold spinner was the only bait we
used. All of the fish came from the Little Lake area once again.
We canceled Wednesday, but I
think we could have gotten it in. Out again tomorrow with two boats.
Check back for another update on the Lafitte area fishing.
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.
June 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 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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