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Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020

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Had decent window of opportunity and wanted to see what kinda water conditions we might be facing in Lady P tomorrow/Sat.Had Medicare Client(Abita KC member)and his grandson and we launched his fine G3 fairly early this am at Main Street and made our typical bee-line for mouth of Bayou Lacombe where we were greeted with not totally un-expected stained water conditions.Knowing what we now know(trolling motor not functional-due to faulty breaker that Todd at Dixie Trolling Motors quickly,after the trip,fixed and water not being anywhere near redfish-friendly,we woulda opted for what turned out to be decent bassing conditions.Once we hit Lady P and had trolling motor issues(my buddy MIGHT be willing to part with First-Generation I-Pilot 84 lb trust 24 v trolling motor and would prefer hand-controlled unit,similar to mine),we made de executive decision to fish Bayou Lacombe,using big motor to maneuver(not best idea but doable).Probably best decision I made for us was to toss crankbaits,I used Academy H2O Express wakebait and my buddy and his grandson tossed similar crankbaits.First fish to hit ice was feisty and fairly decent-sized perch that absolutely crushed wakebait and not long later,I nabbed smallish bass dat also hit ice and highlight of de day was bass that nailed wakebait that I initially thought was small gar,turned out to be nice 2 lb bass and little later,I nabbed nasty ole choupique dat not only bent one of my treble hooks but also shook free in net and managed to ensnare both sets of treble hooks,took me forever to extract lure from brand-new net.My buddy's grandson did nab fine perch that SOMEHOW managed to slip two sets of treble hooks!!!Not sure where I will fish tomorrow with both my sons and grandson but we just may target bass tomorrow,especially since Bayou Lacombe most likely gonna be very nice vs nasty ole Lake P.Had fun with Medicare Client and his grandson and just got back from picking up set of fine and sturdy vinyl gunwales for one of my Chapman pirogue fleet(have three fine Chapmans getting ready for upcoming Teal Season,can't wait)and showed my buddy fine tree line that not only holds decent amount of mallards but MAY have some deer roaming the oaks out there!!Hope we nab some rodeo-quality fish tomorrow and from what I saw today,a return trip close to where the bigger bass came from most likely decent idea and might hit SShore Sat,looking for possibly bigger bass and MAYBE some reds!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020
Good luck Mandevillian, and the rest of the you fishing the Jesuit Rodeo tomorrow. I have a group fishing it, with Capt. Mark since I was booked.
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Re: Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020
Thanks,Capt Rory. Good luck to the crew fishing with one of your guides. We tried the freshwater division since we have few spots that typically produce some nice bass and truthfully could most definitely STACK odds mightily in our favor by fishing a certain Private Lake but dat is NOT my idea of fair competition and we ALWAYS try public spots. Certainly fishing Hopedale makes sense for those wanting to make the haul. In my case have three adults plus grandson fishing my flatboat and probably not safest thing to fish Back Levee Canal on SAT but have freshwater options much closer to where we are staying tonight(my mom’s house in Kenner). Did catch three fine sac a lait(lagniappe)and one small bass today on NShore hope SShore spot(s)produce🎩🎣🐠

Mandevillian
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Re: Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020
Lake P was a terribly muddy mess today and once again I wasted time trying her,not gonna waste any time tomorrow but do have a nice spot for possible bass(younger son took second place few years ago with solid 3 lb bass caught where we intend to fish tomorrow).Cool thing was catching three nice and fat sac a lait,basically trolling Spoiler Shad under small cork(grandson was with me and my two boys,kinda crowded in flat)and not sure where the bass were hiding today(have one on ice but no way he gonna take any places)!!Hope springs eternal and we could easily travel to Private Lake in MS(like another angler NO DOUBT does)but in my estimation,dat is not exactly what I consider FAIR COMPETITION and even though rules allow fishing anywhere,hard to feel like ya accomplished anything fishing a stocked lake!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020
Good luck tomorrow Mandi , stay safe and enjoy your trip 👌. 🧙‍♂️🎣
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Re: Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020
Thanks,Wiz,looked at Lake P water on S Shore and looked pretty fishable and saw recent Causeway report hope SShore PowerLine Pilings holding few dem fine reds I used to routinely nab🎩👍😎Got few decent reports of nice and fat bass and dat gonna be our priority and reds secondary target.

Mandevillian
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Re: Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020
Good luck, Mande! Show dem Jays!!!!
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Re: Scouting Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 6 25 2020
Guys,Thanks for the encouragement,too bad de bass in Parish Line Canal and non-existent reds at SShore PowerLine Pilings did NOT cooperate!!Me and our sons and grandson had great time trying to nab some fat bass and even made our way to what areas I had caught reds in and neither the bass nor reds wanted to play,though we did nab a few bass,one was good enough for younger son to hang on to third place in bass til 3:50 when a bass just .2 lb heavier than his bumped him out!!!We fished two distinct areas,Bayou Lacombe on NShore Fri and SShore yesterday and all we managed in those two days was a few bass,not sure what happened to the bass I found Th but dey were AWOL Fri and Sat.Guess we had marginal tide movement in Parish Line Canal,plus rain run-off did dirty the water,though once we hit expansive LaBranche wetlands,saw plenty of clean water and we did manage a few bass there and older son lost a fine one,probably close to 2 lbs and dat fish woulda been a second place fish!!!What was encouraging was the clarity of the water on SShore,plus I did my sampling and salinity on SShore slowly getting there,who knows some dem shell pads on SShore might start giving up some fine reds and specks in coming weeks and months!!!Had lotta fun at Jesuit Alumni Rodeo,chatted with quite a few folks and funny thing is we ran into some Lake P veteran fishermen and one was telling us we would have difficulty beating one gent in bass division(got secret weapon AND secret spot up our sleeves-CCAguns knows our strategy!!!)Guess we shall see and I personally like de strategy CCAguns and I discussed for next year!!!Hope to scare up some Hopedale fish this Wed and did see nice 18plus lb 5-speck stringer from gent who was one year ahead of me!!!Nice specks,indeed.Great fun,nice crowd and always look forward to next year's rodeo!!!

Mandevillian
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