Well, if any of you were heading out yesterday morning and saw someone in a yellow CC trolling along in Bayou LaLoutre, that was me...In case you were wondering 'why is this fool trolling here? there ain't no fish here!' let me clear the air
I was about 3 miles from the launch, and my 225 oceanrunner redlined, and we coasted to a stop. After realizing that I was screwed, I dropped the trolling motor and watched the sunrise as we slowly made our way back to the launch.
Now, for the long story.... I re-started the engine, it ran great, but the shifter was very stiff and I couldn't get out of neutral. After messing with it for a minute, the shifter is smooth. I took the cowl off, and I can see the linkage with the shift switch, everything seems to function with no hangups. When I put it into forward OR reverse, I can spin the prop somewhat freely. There is a little bit of resistance, and the entire shaft spins with the prop, so I assume that It's not stripped. When in neutral, I can spin the prop easily as usual. I did take the oil plug out of the lower unit to find about an ounce of water in the oil. I hope that someone here knows what to look for, I'm sure I will have to remove the lower unit and at least replace all of the seals. I do have the technicians manual for this motor, but it just gives step by step on how to disassemble and reassemble...Any help would be great, it's much too hot to be out there scratching my head
Here it is, a report from a recreational sportsman
I felt the urge to burn some fuel, so I dropped in at Bait inc., I called the levee district beforehand and they said all locks were closed so I brought the wife because I figured I wasn't going to be fishing. The water was pretty dirty down by the violet locks, so I found a spot where it wasn't so dirty half way back to the launch to hang out in the sun. Although I saw a lot of guys not catching, I just had to wet my line and practice my topwater bait handling....Somehow, I managed to pull 3 reds out of all the weeds that were floating around, I even handed the pole to the Mrs on the second one so she could have some fun.
I think I expect to catch too many fish when I go....I expected nothing, and had a blast catching the little bit I did, must be the rookie in me lol
I'm about to hook up the boat and head down to hopedale. The tides are pretty discouraging, but it seems like reds hang out longer than trout do....I've been doing a lot of reading and researching, so I will be trying every technique short of dynamite. Has anyone been out there? I don't need to know your spots, but any hint of what to look for would be great. I'm a former yankee, our fishing is much different from what I've been learning over the last 7 years here.
One day I'll break down and hire a guide, but right now its all last minute trips...
We started early, and fished the dam, Brady, Stump, and Muscle bay...Very windy and a foggy start, and the sun barely made itself visible to us. Lots of throwback specks, only caught a handful of keepers 14-16' and some nice reds that I threw back just because I have plenty in the freezer. I'm still learning the area and don't quite have my favorite spots yet, but these winter 'scouting' trips will hopefully pay off when the weather warms back up in a few months!