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Delacroix Silverwonder Journey

Big Don and Oneofthepack where thinking the same thing all week, need to get back down to Delacroix and chase some Silverwodners & Redworries, see if we could duplicate our last trip.
When me texted him to see if he could go, he responded before, me even finish me text.
If he was a no go, me was going to post on ‘OPEN BAY FLAT SR” first mate needed.
• Signed up for, (tomorrow Saturday) boater education class, Big William (10 grandsonofthepack) and Oneof5tehapck are talking the class together. Me got a felling he will ace the test, me hoping to just pass.
• Tried to go out in the Bay Flat Jr Thursday, but Lake P had 2 – 3 feet waves with white caps, so me decide to stay home and fish another day.
• Up at 3:45 AM for our 5 AM meet up at Team Jo-Jo’s official meeting place, Waffle House in Chalmette.
• No Wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90, not good
• Saw a few boats on the Hwy, gas stations, and boat launches, Friday it be me guess more fisherperson out and about.
• Passed on stooping to eat, need to keep up me modified eating habits
• Check point (junction on Hwy) Able water level in canal down 16 to 18”
• Check pint Bravo, water coming in at Reggio canal, good sign this be
• A lot of activity along Delacroix Hwy, guides getting ready, commercial boast getting ready, and fisherperson that stay down their getting ready to spend their day on the water.
• Reached the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she be high & dry, swaying back in forth in her slings.
• Quick work loading her up, not much gear, we travel light do we.
• Yamaha Dream Machine, ½ turn of key and she exploded with power, she be ready to go.
• Motored down to Lionel to get some dead shrimp, out target spices today is Redworries
• Off to spot # LC-5A to start our day.
• Perfect
• Wind , S.S.W 6-8, than west 12-15 MPH
• Water, Slight chop open water, little ripples in the areas us fishing.
• Sky, Partly cloudy, mostly Sunny
• Temp, mild to warm, not bad humidity down
• Water level, down 16-18” since our last trip
• Water Temp , 83.8F
• Salinity 2.0 down 3 points since our last trip
• Water clarity on a scale of 1-7, started out a 3, quickly went to a 2 plus, on an average a 3 all around.
• Tide, rising hard, slowed won around 1:10 PM, never did turn and come in.
• Boats out and about, saw 4 pleasure boats out and about, me think they all over in Lake Robing area.

• Be safe
• Have fun
• This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments
• Put some run time on the Bay Flat Sr and the Yamaha Dream Machine
• Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders.
• See if the Redworries still want to come out and play
• See if the Silverwonders still in Lake Campo area
• Concentrate on Silverwonders first than go after the Redworries
• Stay in Lake Campo area, work our way in from their down the Twin Pipeline back to the main bayou.
• Keep practicing with the Tandem rig, me never fished with it that much hardly ever, but been having some much success with it, me added a line item for it under technique / strategy)
1 WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Had a little trough today, west wind most of the day wind directly in our face, had to throw into wind to get to strike zone. Made it hard to feel the bites )
2 MOVING WATER: ( Plenty came in hard all day, current lines where very visible and easy to locate, slowed won around 1:10)
3 WATER CALRITY: (Last time we had 6- 6 plus, today we started out with 3, and quickly went to a 2 plus)
4 HOLDING FISH: ( Had (2) crazy 15 minutes, spot #’s on the map, # LC-5A (18)t, &spot # 57 (28)t, 57B had the Redworries and 6t)
5 PATIENTS: (Reached the honey hole at 6:50, Big Don brought in the first Silverwonder at 6:56, we had steady action all day, and when we got to spot # 57 on the map, it was on, on, on, (2) at time coming in couple 3 times)
6 SKILL: (Using the Tandem Rig , (use the correct weight heads for the current line we fishing) presentation / Technique)
7 LUCK: ( Finding (2) crazy 15 minutes in one day)
• Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………(10) Silverwonders
• Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY
• Oak River Troll (ORT)……………….Did not try
• Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NOT TRY
• Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
• Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
• Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….Did not try
• Dead bait………(6) Silverwodners and all other bottom feeders, shrimp on a jig head
• Live bait………………… None
• Tandem Rig (2) ¼ oz. jig heads, matched up with Matrix Purple Haze, & Matrix shad clear with sparkle (34) Silverwonders
• 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook……………(6) Trout
• 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY
• Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………Did not try
• Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
• Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
• Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………Did not try
• Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY
• Matrix shad Purple Haze, & clear with sparkle (34) Trout
Spot # LC-5A (18) t 57A, 57 (26) t 57B (6) t, Submarine hole nothing, stopped fishing at 1:55 PM.
• Lived to fish another day
• (50) Silverwonders, 43 Miniwonders
• (2) Whitewonders
• (5) Redworries, 3 Ratworriers
• (9) Croakers
• (3) Lady fish, they were all over the place
• (5) Crabs
• (3) Fresh water cats
• (4) Gaff Tops
• (19) Hardheads
• (2) Bushels of grass
• (3) Bottoms, not popped lines
• Got some more experience fishing with a tandem rig, we begging to like the technique / presentation
• Got to stop (on way out) and talk to Big Earl, he down at the camp, me asked where your boat, boat doctor was says he. Ask me you want to come with us, no can do says he, need to go see about my boat.
• Spending the morning on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, Big Don, me know this cause me taught him almost all he know, and me know he know a lot.
• Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.
Big Don came out the gate quick, jumped ahead 4 to 1. It took Oneofthepack a little time to get the feel. Changed up form a Tandem rig to a single rig, it was on, on. By the time we left spot LC-5A me thing we reached 18 at 9 each.
Spot # 57A proved to be a croaker hole, Big Don and his dead shrimp was all over that, me nothing.
Spot 57 made a stop so Big Don could fish Redworries, the lair birds where diving all over the place, so me casts out the tandem rig, second cat nice Silverwonder. Once me zeroed in on the strike zone, it was on, on, on, had 3 or 4 double hooks ups, even had a Gaff Top on bottom lure and a Silverwonder on top lure. Big Don could not get the angle on them, and he be fishing with a single rig. Says me take me other pole with tandem rig, use that let it go to bottom, let it run to it gets on a 45* to back of boat, that work it in back to you. Big Don just could not get the feel or presentation down.
Big Don dominated the croaker, crabs, hardheads, fresh water cats, and the Redworrier category, but based on the Silverwonder totals, me think Oneofthepack edged him out today.
But there is always tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plenty action to be had, bring live or dead shrimp, maybe both, lure fishing is a little slow. Find & fish current lines, fish inside the arch if it away from shoreline. If close to shore line fish outside of arch in middle, let the lure run 180* left to right, find the strike zone and keep you lure it in as much as you can.
“You got to go to know”
There is only two things we are sure of, death & taxes, Team Jo-Jo says dame them both, fish & owe till we drop.
If you get cheated by Mother Nature, who do you complain to?
Boater education class tomorrow, no plans for Sunday or next week, and all next week Open Bay Flat Sr, if a first mate looking give us a call, and come jump on board the Bay Flat Sr for a fun trip, catching in question.
Good Fishing
Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
Oneofthepack : Long story but nice report 🧙‍♂️🎣
One thing for certain bout De Pack’s reports-dey very thorough😜