Yet another productive weekend fishing out of Leeville. We didn't exactly fill the box up, but we had a great time none the less. Ending the day a little after lunch on Saturday with 2 reds, 26 really nice specks, and a handful of white trout we were plenty satisfied. Armed with live minnows, we started out around East Timbalier and worked our way in. Of course, on Saturday, the only thing a speck would eat would be shrimp, so we improvised with the Vudu and DOA and managed to catch a few. Either way it was a joy to have some newcomers to the LA Coast with us who seemed to enjoy every minute of it. Looking forward to getting back down there after a few weeks off, until then good luck everybody and rippin' lips.
Also, if anyone has been missing the Between the Banks report, don't worry about ol' Bob. The why-fly at Boudreau's has been down but he plans on posting plenty of pictures in huge report covering the last 6 weeks of action. Supposedly, he has some 'mules' to show off.
As you all know, I've spent a lot of time in the Leeville marsh and Timbalier Bay over the last couple years trying to figure out how, when, and where folks fill their ice chests with limits of trout. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed my share of catching and cleaning, but not the way it happened this past weekend. Making my usual trip down to Boudreaux's on Friday, I found myself with a little extra room on the boat. Since Capt. Bob and the Between the Banks fishing line have been so good to me while learning to fish this area, I extended the invitation his way in hopes that I may get to learn first hand how the pros do it. Surprisingly, but much to my delight, Capt. Bob accepted our invitation and met us at the dock bright and early Saturday morning for a scouting trip to the Bay Marchand area.
Our first stop was the Fourchon rocks where we were happy to find calm seas and clean water. Picking up a couple reds and Allyson's first spanish mackerel, we quickly decided to head west and start our search for the trout. We stopped at a few spots approaching East Timbalier Island as we marked some promising irregularities on the depth finder, but had no luck. Picking a structure at random, we trolled in and dropped anchor to fish down current toward a small platform. The next hour of fishing produced around 20 nice fish and very few bottom dwellers, that is until the water slowed and the boats started running circles around us.
Now I've always heard veteran trout anglers preach about patience, but never observed it or been very good at it. It took everything I had to believe the Captain's words of assurance that this was the spot and it WOULD turn back on. Two and half hours is a long time to listen to the radio and eat snack food while everyone around us is trying so hard to locate fish, but I'm glad we did. When the bite started again, which it did, we had filled the remainder of our 4 person limit within the hour. Even with the 'unorthodox' country western radio rocking in the background, we couldn't keep hooks in the water.
I wish I could say the fish had a favorite target, but they ate everything we threw at them. We used electric chicken cocahoes to locate the moving school and then gave them everything we had from live bait to gulp. I know it's tough, but if you locate an area that has clean moving water, a little bit of structure, and even the occasional slick, sit tight and don't leave when you don't catch fish right away. I certainly appreciate the company on this trip, especially Capt. Bob for coming along and teaching us all a thing or two. He has always been a great resource but turned out to be a better friend. Looking forward to getting back down there as soon as possible. Until then, good luck everybody and keep rippin' them lips.
Its been a while since my last post so I'll try to get caught up here. The last few trips out of Leeville have been very productive with the exception of the monsoon weekend at the end of last month. As usual, I put a call in to the Between the Banks fishing line and Capt. Bob Gourgues at Boudreaux's for a quick report. As always, he was on the fish and had some very valuable info for us.
Weekend of May 17, we were joined by both of my parents on their first trip of the season and were all looking forward to the pretty weather. As I recall the sun was out but the air was clean and cool. No surprise that we found the trout pretty quickly with beautiful water all across Timbalier Bay. Some of the usual spots like Philo Brice and Brush Island produced some nice fish but not enough of them to fill the box up. Coming in from the first day with around 20 fish, all of which were over 16 inches, we got a good nights rest and went back after them Sunday morning. Located green water at the north end of the bay on high tide and by the end of lunchtime had over 50 nice fish on ice and a couple bonus bull reds to show off. Final count on the weekend was 74 gorgeous specks and the big red that my ole' man just had to keep.
In light of the stormy weekend of May 31, I'll just say that 18 hours were spent on the deck of the Venture 23, 11 hours were in the rain, and the box returned with 7 trout and 1 lonesome redfish. Don't ever let anyone tell you that Venture Man is some kind of fair weather fisherman....us weekend warriors have to do it whenever we can!!!
As for this past weekend, we saw the weather clear after a long couple weeks of rain and got right back on the fish with the return of my parents for a Father's Day meat haul. Checking out a few spots that Capt. Gourgues was kind enough share, we managed a couple limits of redfish on Friday afternoon and 47 big trout on Saturday. Of course the full moon didn't do us any favors so the numbers of the fish aren't nearly as impressive as the size. The Carolina rigged live minnow on the bottom produced the most fish with lemon head matrix shad bringing in lots of throw backs and only a couple keepers. All together a really great Father's Day weekend with my parents, three trout over 4 lbs., and a couple bulls and black drum that made for some good pictures and better memories.
Enjoy the photos and keep rippin' lips,
Beads weren't the only thing to be caught this Mardi Gras, at least not around Leeville and Fourchon. Finally getting a break in the weather and with turkey season right around the corner, the ole' lady and I loaded up and headed south for the weekend. As usual, my first move was to check with Capt. Bob Gourgues out of Leeville to see what the recent weeks were delivering for him. Best I can see, if there's anyone who knows where to find fish in that area it's Capt. Bob. Surprisingly he had also found his way to open water and was able to confirm my suspicion that there was a reliable bite going on just offshore out of Belle Pass (not the Captains usual cup of tea). Bypassing my usual launch at Boudreaux's we headed down toward the big water. It took every bit of 30 seconds for someone to set the hook in something, and once it started it wouldn't stop. took less than 2 hours to round up 49 sheepshead, 9 nice specs, 3 reds, and half a dozen black drum. Its safe to say that if the weather smiles down on us again in the next few weeks, we'll be right back out there. Until then, good luck to everybody.