Scouting some new holes that I hope to use for rat reds in an upcoming tournament.
This is the 3rd and final trip of fishing some marsh around Delacroix this past week. Like the previous 2 trips, I was able to land a few rats. I was also able to land 2 nice slots and even miss a 3rd. An in-line spinner and an old school grub worm bass lure were the tickets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D15duoTOkg This is the second day of a trip into Delacroix. Like the previous day, the expectation was more rat reds and that was correct. I was mostly using one of my smaller rigs since it helps to emphasize how tough these smaller fish can fight. I did hook into a nice slot so I swapped over to one of my larger rigs after that. There was no need for that since it also bought in a few rats.
I was able to get on a lot of rat reds the other day. I was also lucky to land 1 nice slot. Also lost several on an in-line spinner. I think the hook was to big on that lure for the rats. Most of the hook ups came on an old school Johnson spoon and a vudencork.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRFKG3HG5W4 A few people told me the gators were out in full force around Delacroix. â Itâs the worse weâve seen in yearsâ¦ you be careful in dat kayak!â They were not lying! I am used to running across gators but I have never seen so many on a single trip. The good news is that there are gator traps all over the place. Needless to say, I had to dodge a few gators to finally get on some reds. In-line spinner was the key today even though I missed more than I caught. At first I thought I need to replace or sharpen the hook, but then I saw that they were attacking the spinner blade. I swapped over to a spoon without much success. So I went back to the spinner to play the odds since I was getting a strike on every third cast. It turned out to be a fun trip despite all the gators and missing so many fish.
A few highlights of a recent team tournament and the goal was the heaviest weight of 5 specks and 1 slot red. The heaviest weight of both team members would decide the winner. My partner got his 5 specks and 1 slot red. I pride myself in being able to find and catch reds but I am weak in the trout area. On this day I was able to get 5 nice trout, but I couldnât catch a single red. The weight of an average red will usually be a lot more than a few average specks. If I would have caught a red our team would have won or placed 2nd but I couldnât complete the task. The flounder was just a bonus catch!
I lost a nice one and was ready to give up on a very windy, cold, slow and shallow water morning. I kept pushing on and was able to land a nice slot.
Almost a Cajun slam... just couldn't find that legal trout. In hindsight- I really didn't look that hard for the trout.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImRbFmOKvNw Did a little scouting and found little gold submarines all over! A few highlights from my new spot.
A nice, quiet, and peaceful morning in Delacroix, La. is always a good thing. I was fortunate to hook up with a couple of green trout and reds on this brief trip.
I decided to try an area where I never see people fishing. I was shocked to discover that- yes... there are fish here!
A few clips of some heart pounding attempts to catch some tailing reds on a very foggy morning.
Recap of a âCajun Sleigh Rideâ! This one lasted about 10 minutes. It was a nice red that I was able to sight cast to on a very foggy day. I initially thought it was a bit larger than it really was. It turns out that the lure went through its mouth and came out the gill. So it was essentially like fighting a foul hooked fish. Released unharmed.
My 3rd shakedown cruise on the 2019 Hobie Outback. It turned out to be an extremely windy day. I was lucky enough to grab a couple of nice trout and several small reds. Fighting the wind and current back to the launch was tough but the Outback performed well. I am trying to figure this new yak out, but every trip gives me new ideas to think about before I get it rigged the way I want.
A shout out to PAC Kayak Rentals for hosting Redfish Roundup this past weekend! I was able to pull in 5 fish: 1 undersize, 2 oversize, 1 keeper, and 1 non-species. Many nice stringers were weighed in but the usual heavy hitters stole the show. It was a great time and many thanks to Eddie and Lisa for putting on a great tournament! Here's a few of my highlights.
A nice, quiet, and peaceful morning in 'da' marsh. First cast and foul hooked a new PB for my smallest speckled trout!
Went looking for trout but couldn't catch a single one. I was still lucky to land him even though he and the surf beached my yak.
A few hook ups from a lazy Tuesday morning in 'da' marsh before the storms brewed up.
What is that in the beginning? Otters?
There was about 6 of them just popping up and saying high and then go under to only pop up again.
Anyway- post tropical storm Gordon trip. Literally fished for 17 minutes.
The trailing bands from the storm ran me off. But I was lucky to hook up early on and go for a ride!
A few highlights from a quick trip the other morning before the afternoon storms rolled in. Even though the water was dirty, I was still able to sight quite a few fish. Hooked several and spooked a lot more.