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Delacroix fishing journey

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TEAM JO-JO:

Frist mate today be Big Bill he had responded to post last week re: “Open Bay Flat Sr”, but he was second to Big George, so we agreed to do a trip one day next week, today (Monday) be our trip plan did we.

SIGNS:

• Saturday trip to Lake P very informative, but catch less it be
• Sunday Loveofthepack offered Oneofthepack the opportunity to do a 2 mile run, Chalmette Track Club had one schedule down in the state park. Me be the last one in at (44:58 came in first in my division, (slowest walker) got s trophy) me not even was one of the pack, but last of the pack. Saw (8) Rabbits, (1) Armadillo, and looking hard for the deer along me journey through the course, made me day.
• Up at 3:45 AM for our 4:30 meet up at Waffle House on Oak Harbor Slidell
• Loaded up the FORD transporter and we were on our way very quickly
• No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90
• Boats along Hwy was next to one, gas stations had none, and boat launches had even lest, not a good sign.
• Passed on eating at Waffle House, McDonnel, Violet gas station and Last Stop food store, changing me eating habits, no diet, changing me eating habit, down 17 pounds and counting.
• Check point Abel, water level at junction up 6-8”
• Check point Bravo, water coming in at Reggio canal, good sign
• Delacroix Hwy deserted, no activity what so ever
• Guides all locked down
• Reached the home of the Bay Flat Sr, did a short refresher course for Big Bill in safety crossing Hwy and safety on boat dock deck?
• Short time we had the Bay Flat Sr loaded and ready to go.
• Yamaha Dream Machine took (2) turns, (?????) of the key to start up, this be very unusual, guess she be tired a little)
• Short journey to Lionel’s for some dead shrimp and another bag of ice.
• Off to spot # LC-5A to start our day, but half way we had to change (thunder cloud hanging over spot) plans, diverted to spot # 51B to start our day of fun.

CONDITIONS:

• Perfect
• Wind, W 4-6, WNW 6-8. Than NNW 6-8 MPH
• Water, calm, little ripples
• Sky, sunny & clear for the most part, thunder clouds passed over a head a few times
• No rain
• Temp, mild, warm, ho then sun out, Bimini top worked well later in the day.
• Water level, up 6-8”
• Water Temp , 90.8F
• Salinity,1.6
• Specific Conductance, 3,200
• Water clarity on a scale of 1-7, a 3 minus
• Tide, tail end of a rising tide, west wind put the stop to it real quick, when slack from 8:30 AM all the way to 11:36, and it was still slack when we left at that time.
• Boats out and about, did not see any fishing boats, only commercial boats, me was happy me renewed me SeaTwo, just knowing me have a backup lets me fish with confidence that if something happens help will be on the way.

REPERTOIRE OF TECHNIQUES / STRATEGIES:

• 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 rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders.
• Get Big Bill on a trip as promised.
• Re-introduce Big Bill to Delacroix area
• See if the Silverwonders & Redworries wanted to come out and play
• Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:
1 WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind not a factor, not enough to be concerned about, plus when fishing with bait it not as big a deal)
2 MOVING WATER: (This criteria be our challenge for today, we had none, even tried areas where water is chocked down at cuts, still no water movement to be had. Did find some that wind was moving, but when wind stopped so did water movement)
3 WATER CALRITY: (Another criteria challenge for the day at a 3 minus, made it hard for the fish to see the lure, me guess the only way they knew it was in the water was from the vibration from moving it along the bottom)
4 HOLDING FISH: (Me think every spot # we fished was holding fish, just not the right time at the right spot #.
5 PATIENTS: (Needed plenty, very slow morning it be, we changed zones on the map to see what the water looked like, and see if we could find moving water.
 Zone 5 clarity a 3 minus / no moving water
 Zone 4 clarity a 3 / no moving water
 Zone 3, & 2 clarity a 3 minus / no moving water
 Zone 1 clarity a 3 plus / wind moving water at times
6 SKILL: (Dodging early morning thunder storms)
7 LUCK: (Not catching to many fish, they would not fit in ice chest)
• Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………(3) Trout (2) Reds caught, (2) crabs, this technique
• 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……… (Caught 3 Reds, all Catfish, Drum & Pin fish.)
• Live bait………………… None

• ONEOFTHEPACK ‘S REPERTOIRE OF LURE DU JOURE:

• 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook……………(2) Redworries
• 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 Cream color, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………(3) Silverwonders, (1) Whitewonder
• 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
• Tandem Rig (2) ¼ oz. jig heads, matched up with Matrix Purple Haze, & Matrix shad clear with sparkle Did not try

AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED:

Spot # 51C, LC-5C (3) t, 5, 6, 25, 21, 61C, 64A, 64, 64C, made a stop at Submarine hole, stopped fishing at 12:50 PM.
OUR REWARDS:

• Lived to fish another day
• (2) Minisilverwonders
• (1) Miniwhitewonder
• (6) Redworries, 3 Ratworriers
• (1) Puppy Drum
• (1) Pin fish
• (4) Crabs
• (10) Freshwater cats
• (4) Gaff Tops
• (12) Hardheads
• (2) Bushels of grass
• (2) Bottoms 2 popped lines
• Not getting wet
• Lots of fresh air & sunshine
• Spending the morning on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, which be Big Bill.
• Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

Big Bill was on a role with Redworries, adding 3 to his game, lead in the catfish category, and even had 2 crabs to his credit, but this all done with dead shrimp. Once Big Bill can master the lure presentation & technique he will be a challenger for the honors down the road.

Oneofthepack was just oneofthepack

SUGGESTIONS:

When selecting size ice chest to bring, take into consideration how much ice you like, amount of bait you will buy, drinks / food you will bring and most important how many fish you will catch.

With all this in mind me thing even a 48 qtr. ice chest not big enough. Some fisherperson bring 2 ice chest one for fish & one for food & drinks.

Me think fishes are out and about, just need the (7) criteria of catching to be in aligned, for me money it is never the fishes, mother nature, and/or conditions that result in a catch less journey, it all be on the Captain to make it happen. Team Jo-Jo other motto, “Anyone can catch fish when they biting”!!!!

PONDER OF THE DAY:

Don't aim for catching if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.
Q&A:

Would you prefer to lose all fishing the memories you have now or never be able to make any new memories?

TEAM JO-JO’S FUTURE STRATAGEM:

Only plan for a Friday trip with Big Allen, but trip/s status before that subject to change at any time.

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
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