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Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020

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After a nudge by AJfishes(nice You Tube video this past Friday-dat de way You Tubes should be ZERO commercial$)older son and I hit de Tracks,launching outta Bayou Liberty Marina(I tend to use launches without much boating pressure for lotta reasons and wanted to hit area N of St.Genevieve Church anyway).Too bad both Windfinder and my preferred Wunderground missed de mark by HUGE margin-damn waves coming over bow of SouthFork but older son managed fine 18 inch red almost right away,compliments of Thumping Mullet,Chartreuse-mated to incredible Lunker City 3/8 ozjigheads,best on Planet.These heads are very fine with powdercoated paint on em and ultra-realistic eyes and best part is their anchoring system!!!Hooks aint to shabby,neither,lotta times ya manage to snare scale of whatever fish chases lure(how many other jigheads can brag bout dat!!!).We bounced around,way too much for my liking,I was tossing Lunker City Shaker(Trestles Trout Tamers on last productive trip to de tracks)in Limetreuse and had very serious thumps but missed what may have been big ole lunker specks based upon last productive Tracks trip!!!Slowly and methodically made our way back to Carr Drive area,could be absolute gem for reds and older son and I switched over to Bomber Spinner Baits,he used very fine Lunker City Fin-S fish in smelt(looks identical to glass minnows)and I threaded on Yum Mud Minnow,Seas Disco color and nabbed fat marsh bass,missed fine red dat we both saw explode onto lure but somehow missed hook!!!Tried few spots N of St.Genevieve Church and only managed two smallish bass,released both to fight again and possibly grow a tad.In retrospect,shoulda hit fine ole T-Funky for slabs,been averaging one or more close to or exceeding 1lb on EVERY trip,just not finding em stacked up and my personal belief is bigger slabs more solitary critters,chasing away much smaller sac a lait.Are few exceptions and do have spot dat recently produced 4 chunks with biggest coming on VERY FIRST cast!!!Might take short break,be back at either Tracks or T-Funky real soon.Wifey got new fine air fryer,she gonna air-fry dem fine fish!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
Nice couple of fish there. If you don't already have it try the windy app it tends to be a little better for me. I can also track out hurricanes and other weather systems. Even works anywhere in the world for wind speeds.
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
nutsabtfishing,Thanks for de tip.AJfishes sent me screen shot from Windfinder and my personal choice USED to be Accuweather but me and a diehard duck buddy used to joke about it,calling it 'InAccuweather' and few folks I know and respect sent me to Wunderground,they were right on track with the later wind forecast and dat was exactly why me and older son decided rather quickly(after he nabbed nice red and we both missed nice bites)to head to protection of Carr Drive area.Like I said,that area might become a 'go-to' area for reds and bass and if we get slight salinity increase,who knows -some of my ole-time spots much closer to home in Mandeville might start yielding some fat and sassy specks,flounders,reds-all on either Zoom Flukes or dem Trestles Trout Tamers(Shakers)mated to ultra-fine Fin-S jig heads,the angular ones!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
I am looking forward to getting out fishing myself soon after I am finishing up a long trapping season. Except getting the pig trap out working and catching some pigs. I normally fish out of Port Sulfur myself..
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
Many,many years ago,probably over 15 years ago,used to whack and stack fine Port Sulphur specks using either Brad Schmit or Nash Roberts,IV as our trusted guides and Brad taught de Mandevilian a ton bout finesse fishing,using baitcasters and 100% soft plastics,think Bayou Chubs were his go-to bait and we crushed specks up to close to 4 lbs with dem soft plastics and once the shrimp were readily available,all of his clients(except me)tossed livies at dem specks and I stuck it out with Killer-Diller or DOA's under popping cork and even though it was a little bit of a chore tossing popping cork with baitcaster,I loved every minute of it and learned a few decent spots out there.Brings back extremely great memories and guess time marches on-had my dad(deceased about 8 years now)and Dr.Greg Allen and his dad(not sure how long ago he passed away)and we totally destroyed big specks in Port Sulphur area.Good luck and post some pics do not need spots just love seeing some dem Port Sulphur logs!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
The last name of Brad brings back memories my dad had a friend that was an airline pilot and he had a camp in lake Washington at the time when I was young and my Dad brought us to his camp and had great memories there. His friends name was Mr Charlie Schmit He has passed away now as well. I think I always go back there because of the good memories even though it has changed a lot sense the 70s. Thanks for offering up spots you know as well. :)
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
I recall vividly trying my best to master tossing a baitcaster and ole Brad Schmit was an awesome teacher,extremely patient and it did not hurt that both Brad and Nash RobertsIV were bass fishermen first and what serious bass angler does NOT toss a baitcaster.Heck,I use virtually nothing but baitcasters(other than sac a lait fishing with tiny lures impossible to cast w/baitcaster).Not sure if Charlie may have been Brad's dad or uncle but what a coincidence if a relative of Brad.Good luck in de Port Sulphur area-wished I could recall some of our spots but one in particular stuck out-4 Bayous Pass but that is easier accessed via Grand Isle and we used to hammer nice specks at just about all the camps still standing out there!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
I have fished 4 bayou pass to the last few years from Port Sulfur. It is not that bad of a boat ride takes me about 30 minutes to get there from port sulpur. The camps that are still out there are not in great shape now but they still have about 3 or 4 still standing. I started to use a bait caster down there years ago as well and got the hang of it pretty good but now I use spinning reels a lot as well. I don t think I every meet Nash Roberts but did remember his dad he lived down the road from us in the country.
nutsabtfishing
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
We used to routinely take the family to Sand Dollar Inn and Marina and would routinely fish the 4 Bayous Pass area,including the camps and we met quite a few fishermen that showed us a few real good areas,not far from Barataria Pass.My boat is a SouthFork flat and I have to pick my days and areas wisely.From Sand Dollar was a short boat ride to Grand Terre Island where we had the protection of the island(depending upon the wind direction)and using Vudu shrimp under a popping cork would nail nice specks,never having to resort to using live bait,though lotta folks fishing both Grand Terre Island and the camps at 4 Bayous Pass would use either cocohoes or live shrimp and do quite well.I always seemed to either catch under-sized specks or trash fish using live shrimp and using soft plastics usually was able to avoid trash fish/under-sized specks.Some of the reds out there were beasts!!!Bringing back awesome memories,hope to get back to normal sometime in near future!

Mandevillian
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Re: Tough Day at De Tracks 3 29 2020
Well sometimes I go down there by myself fishing if at some point you want to go along with me down there just email me at nutsabtfishing68@aol.com. I don t mind company at all.
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