For the past month and a half I just canÃ¢â¬â¢t seem to catch any slot reds. On this trip I was back in Delacroix to explore some deeper holes that I had heard about. I even brought my depth finder (which is useless in Delacroix) since I made a route to the spots I wanted to fish. When I got to the holes, the water was very dirty, stagnant and not as deep as expected. There was nothing but gar hanging out. I soon switched over to plan B: work the edges of grass beds with a weed less Texas Roach and an in line spinner. I wound up pulling in 7 reds in the 15-19Ã¢â¬Â range. I also temporarily hooked a couple that might have been in the 20-23Ã¢â¬Â range but they quickly threw the hook back at me. Nonetheless it was still a fun trip and hopefully I will start catching a few slots soon. HereÃ¢â¬â¢s a few highlights and lowlights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REfB98j3pac
I havenÃ¢â¬â¢t fished Delacroix in quite some time so that was my purpose this morning. I wanted to explore an area that has been on my radar for a few months now. When I got there I found stagnant dirty water and I am not sure why. Dirty by Delacroix standards but still fishable. After about an hour with no luck, I started fishing the broken marsh towards the direction of the launch. I was able to find semi clean pockets here and there but still no gin clear spots. I plowed into a grass bed that had a lot of activity. Once I got close enough I realized it was mostly mullet but I did see a few tails of reds. I couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t get any to strike my weed less fluke so I switched over to a gold spoon. Second cast and nice little rat. A few more casts and no takers. I then came up on something moving about 30 yds ahead of me. Made my cast and the line got tangled so my cast was not very accurate. Whatever it was it decided to move on and left a nice wake. Probably a big gar or alligator but I was in 18Ã¢â¬Â of water and still couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t see what it was. I then pulled up to a flat that also had a lot of activity and was able to land 2 more rats on a weed less jig head with a Texas Roach. A few casts later and I hooked up with a nice slot but he soon spit the hook and left me hanging. I guess thatÃ¢â¬â¢s why itÃ¢â¬â¢s called fishing. HereÃ¢â¬â¢s a few highlights and lowlights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftUoNX3DWlk
Let the good times roll! I went back to same general area as my last trip. It started out the same way- a puppy drum on one of my first cast. Then it was onÃ¢â¬Â¦ a nice bull and a few slots. Then I got stung by a Transformer. After that- it was nothing but misses. Still another good trip! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cmQ1CppO0c
This was one strange trip. Once I got to the area I wanted to fish I started out with a curly tail grub worm and immediately nabbed a puppy drum. After that, there were no takers for about an hour. I swapped over to a Ã¢â¬ÅBSODÃ¢â¬Â and had 0 hits after about 25 casts. I then changed over to a modified chicken/chain in-line spinner. It got one nice hit and then nothing for the next hour. I soon swallowed my pride and stooped down to gulp under a cork- still nothing. At this point I was ready to become Ã¢â¬Ådead shrimp guyÃ¢â¬Â but thankfully I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have any dead shrimp. I took a break and started paying more attention to the water. All of a sudden I see a nice almost slot red cruising by. I drop the BSOD about 5 feet ahead and pull it towards him. As soon as it got about a foot away he hauls off. Now I am ready to throw in the towel, call it a trip, and start heading back to the launch. But before I do that, I swap over to a gold AD spoon. A few cast laterÃ¢â¬Â¦ a bull. Next cast a slot. A couple casts later two more bulls. Then a few minutes later another slot. HereÃ¢â¬â¢s some highlights of a few of them!
I decided to give the reds a break and took the yak up the bayou for some catfish. Old school fishing- worms under a cork won me a few nice meals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTYKywEHMaM
I decided to explore and fish some areas of PAC that for whatever and unknown reason, I have been avoiding. After getting there- and to my surprise, I got on a few rats and a couple of decent slots. HereÃ¢â¬â¢s a few highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzNcgS_l2e4
A few highlights from my last trip in search of a perfect slot redfish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz8dGlnt2Uk
It was a nice and peaceful morning in Delacroix. Blind casted for a little while with no success. I pulled up close to a pond and heard bait being chased down. I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t see any tails but I could see larger silhouettes chasing small schools of minnows. Made a cast into the pond and got a nice little red. Second cast and got the same result. Moved on a ways into a trenasse a nabbed a nice green trout. I moved on again and was blind casting when I spotted another rat coming towards me. I pulled the lure towards him and he bit. It's always exciting to see reds move from a leisurely pace to 100 mph to attack a lure.
2nd day at PAC. Nothing big today, mostly rats. Wound up catching 3 on a spoon and 3 on an in-line spinner with a H&H cocahoe. HereÃ¢â¬â¢s a few highlights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czqvgX4u2Aw
Fished PAC for the past 2 days. On day one I missed 4 nice reds and while sight casting I ran into a school of 3 big ones. They didnÃ¢â¬â¢t want anything to do with a plastic lure. Throughout the trip I was able to land 3 nice reds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgaKiUCnxZY
The trout are moving back in. Hooked over 30 but only 15 were keepers. Most of them were caught with vudu shrimp under a cork (aka vudencork). However, most of the larger trout were caught with a shadow rap. After the sun came up I went looking for reds but was only able to land 1 rat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tYAFEen8_c
Pointe Aux Chenes was pretty much wiped out from Hurricane Barry about a month ago. This is a quick recap of my first trip there since then. I was lucky to get on a few rat reds and see how well the area has recovered in just a short amount of time.
Part 3 of an epic trip to Shell Beach, LA.
Part 2 of 3 of an epic trip at Shell Beach.
A few highlights of drop shoting some gulp at Shell Beach.
A quick recap of a lazy morning down da bayou looking for some marsh bass and a bonus rat red.
Got into a fight with a big ole nasty.
I saw a break in the storms and made a quick trip down da road. I was able to get on a few rats and a couple of slots before the next band of storms appeared on the horizon.
I was lucky enough to have a steady bite and pull in a few rats. Missed just as many if not more. I started to get frustrated because I was missing so many hook ups so I decided to call it a day. After I finished this edit I noticed I had my hat on backwards during the whole trip. Maybe that's why I missed so many fish?
The wind was pretty tough to deal with but I was still lucky enough to land a few rats and a nice slot.