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Scouting Trip/Lagniappe Catch 6 17 21

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CCAguns and I were finally able to get together(somewhat fortunate that Jesuit Alumni Rodeo postponed til 7 -17)and all we intended to accomplish was a 'shake-down' of his recently-serviced fine Kenner Bay Boat(serviced by Jeremy's Marine in Mandeville)and possibly scout some Rigolets fishing spots and we arrived at the Rigolets Marina,only to spot no less that about 8 LAWLF Agents,hand full of St.Tammany Sheriff's Deputies and quite a contingent of St.Tammany Firefighters!!!Turns out unfortunate boater actually lost motor,looked like it got totally sheared off jack plate and we understand this gent hit underwater obstruction and it caused his motor to become completely removed from transom!!!Hope they clearly id what exactly occurred.We chatted with solo fisher taking off bout same time as us and all we intended to accomplish today,besides shake-down of boat,was to possibly nab a few croakers,using fresh shrimp we got at Mandeville Winn Dixie.We started chunking at little platforms and mostly bout the only thing biting was freshwater catfish(2)and bunch of hardheads(way too numerous)and fortunately I did catch decent keeper red,bout 17 inches and did release fine but under-sized puppy drum(13.5 inches)and we fed quite a few croakers,caught a bunch and tossed live croaker out,CCAguns noticed line on dat rig starting to make a slow roll and he grabbed rod,fought what was most likely fairly big alligator gar(never got beast close enough before he took off with croaker!!).He did catch at least 3 very nice crabs and now we got cut bait for next trip!!!All in all,we accomplished exactly what we intended and hope to get back out,possibly next week.Water was filthy everywhere we fished and we picked a spot where a few bayous joined up,fishing a deep hole.Hope and pray that we do not get too much rain this coming week end and hope no one has any damage!!Thanks,CCAguns,thoroughly enjoyed our trip and did get replacement rod tip for dat fine Carbonlite rod I love using,mated to high-speed Lew's baitcaster(destroys reds)!!!Hope we can reconvene next week!!!
Mandevillian

P.S. older son and grandson cleaned the red and a few croakers,til I called and thanked him for cleaning red and he cut up crabs and rest of our croakers!!Wifey and I were at Academy getting a few supplies!!
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   BlueShamu
Mandevillian....pictures or it didn't happen!! LOL

I have a BPS Carbonlite spinning combo that I love to fish with. I have a couple of those Lews Mach II baitcaster reels that I'm trying to trade right now for some good saltwater spinning reels. Tried out those Lews and just never could get them dialed in. Maybe I was doing something wrong.

Speaking of broken rod tips....we were in Delacroix last weekend and got back into the ramp at dark-thirty. So, those mosquitoes were trying to carry me out of the boat as I was packing everything up for the trip home. Went to put my rods into storage and was rushing to get them in and broke about 6' of the tip off my Penn Battle II combo. No worries, though....Mr. Alvin Menesses going to take care of that for me....except, now it's going to be a 6'-6' rod with a bit more of a medium heavy action instead of medium!
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Yep,shoulda shot box shot but wanted to get to Academy to get replacement tip and good thing I grabbed two as one was shade bigger than original and smaller one fit perfectly. Had a few Slab Daddy sac a lait jigging poles that somehow got tips broken and fixed em and that was where my “extra”tips went to. Love my Lew’s baitcasters and first one was so smooth took me forever to dial her in properly but wore out that inexpensive reel. Was using it to try to retrieve downed wood ducks in Honey Island but where I was hunting way too many limbs,etc in way. Just got text from CCAguns think he wants to make another bait trip next week hard to pass dat trip up????????????????

Mandevillian
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