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Day 2 the guys wanted something that pulled a little more and I knew just the right thing. We got some bait crabs and off we went. The winds were forecasted to be stronger today and they eventually were so I decided to stay in a protected area. We used crack crab on the bottom for black drum and redfish. The redfish wouldn't quite cooperate with us but the black drum did. We ended up with 16 keeper drum and 1 redfish. The biggest drum of the day went 36 lbs and brought big smiles, which made for another great day with the guys.

Capt Josh Ellender

October 25, 2014 at 7:10am

I had the pleasure to take out Mr. Jimmy Boudreaux and his farming associates. The Day was beautiful and the fishing was great. We probably caught close to 300 fish today but a lot where smaller specks and white trout. It was non stop action the entire day, catching at every stop we made. Matrix Shad in Ultraviolet were used on the double rigs and Vudu shrimp was used under a cork. We ended up keeping 66 specks and 38 white trout, which made for a great fish fry.

Capt Josh Ellender

October 25, 2014 at 6:55am

Great day is what my guys were saying all day long. It was a beautiful day, even the wind layed down to make the lakes slick. We had a good start to the day by putting 30 specks in cooler by 8. From there we rode around looking for better conditions but the wind was still blowing at this point. We found a flock of birds and this was the key. The shrimp would come and go but by staying persistent and patient we ended putting together a good box of fish. Overall we ended up with 55 specks and 15 white trout. Matrix Shad in Green hornet was the trick for the fish today.

Capt Josh Ellender

October 25, 2014 at 6:39am

Today was the perfect day! Jared, who never fished saltwater before, got to experience Louisiana to its full potential. He and his dad, Mike, jumped on board today and redfish was the first target. Jared's first and second cast produced nice sized redfish. A few minutes passed by and nothing. It took him a minute to find the hole again, but after he did it was all over. Mike had a hard time keeping up and before we knew it, the limit was done. Next stop was the drum hole. We quickly put 4 in the box and then nothing. Headed to another spot and bam that was all she wrote. We were back at the dock at 1130 with our limit of reds and drum and huge smiles all the way around. Great times today and couldn't have asked for better conditions.

Capt. Josh Ellender

August 13, 2014 at 4:10pm

I had the pleasure of taking out my cousin Andrew and his guest, Andy, Andy, and Reed. The day started out a little slow due to the tide running pretty strong but before we knew it the redfish started to cooperate and drags started screaming. Our first stop produced 14 and once it played out we made a short move and that was all she wrote. We finished up our limit by around 11 and headed back to the camp. We were using cracked crab on the bottom for bait with a 3/4 oz sinker. Thanks again Andrew for the business.

Capt. Josh Ellender

August 10, 2014 at 7:16am

I had the pleasure of taking out Darryl and Michelle again and they wanted redfish. We left the dock around 6:15 and headed to the first spot. Low and behold the tide was running pretty hard, which is not good for this spot, so we tried for a few minutes but nothing was biting. At the next spot is was a steady pace; we would pick up one here and there with a double mixed in every now and then. Before we knew it, we had our 15 redfish and were headed to the drum hole. As soon as we got there, Darryl hooks into a 25 lbs black drum and Michelle catches a good keeper size black drum and that was it for them. The bait of choice was cracked crab on the bottom.

Capt. Josh Ellender

August 07, 2014 at 9:22am

Tank, Caesar, and Martel where back with me for a two day adventure. It was Tank's birthday and they were non-stop the entire time they were down visiting. The first morning I had to wake them up because they didn't get in until 4:30 that morning. No big deal, after a few cups of coffee we were off. It didn't take us long to find the big bruiser redfish and to make them start sweating out that alcohol from the previous night. Trash talking was the name of the game and lots of laughter. Headed back to the dock with 15 keepers and to my surprise they were ready to go out on the town again!

Day 2 was a little better as I didn't have to wake the guys up, but they didn't get much more sleep. We left the camp around 6:30 and our first stop had the reds hungry. We quickly put our 20 in the box and they were ready to head in for a nap. I sure don't miss those days of late nights but it seems they had a great time! A lot of laughs and memories came from this trip and I can't wait for the next one.

Capt. Josh Ellender

August 06, 2014 at 8:38am

Night #2 with Lamar and Raymond and it was faster than the first. Once again, we slammed the trout. We started a little earlier and picked up a few before nightfall, but once darkness set in, it was on fire. Once again 15-20 inch trout were coming in nearly ever cast. We even had a few doubles break off one of the two lures because they were such nice trout. We were using double rigs made from 40# mono with 1/4oz jigheads and Matrix Shad lures in the ultraviolet and magneto colors. We ended up finishing just a hair past 9 pm and headed back to the dock. This trip kept their streak alive of limiting out every time they fish with me. Great times and plenty of fillets were the name of the game and we accomplished both.

Capt. Josh Ellender

August 06, 2014 at 8:11am

Lamar and Raymond were back on board for a new adventure of night fishing. These two guys have limited out every time they have come with me and this made trip number 7 and the streak is still alive. It was a one stop shop and we were all bringing in 15-20 inch trout nearly every cast, with the occasional 12 incher mixed in. We were headed back to the dock by 9:30 pm with our limit of trout and where the beer was waiting. Good times and full limits once again for these guys. Matrix shad in ultraviolet and magneto did the trick for us.

Capt. Josh

August 05, 2014 at 4:09pm

Redfish was on the agenda today and although the storms made every attempt to keep us from catching, we still put together a good box of redfish. Jackson and Alec had the hot sticks today leaving Mike and I in the dust when it came to putting fish in the boat. Good times and lots of rain was the motto for today. Big thanks to Capt. Marty and Capt. Lonnie for hooking up the trip.

June 01, 2014 at 4:44pm

The noise a trout makes when she comes up to the bait and sucks in as hard as she can, trying to inhale the bait for her next meal, is only part of my addiction. The second part is when coupled with that noise and an explosion on the water's surface immediately sends my adrenaline into overdrive and I just can't seem to get enough of it! We had plenty of that action yesterday. There were times when we had minor slaps at the bait and other times when the bait would be knocked 2 feet out the water and then the explosion of the trout trying to murder the bait. Do yourself a favor and experience this, it really is second to none!
We ended up with our limit of trout and 3 reds by 1030. 42 of the 50 trout were caught on topwater and it was fantastic to say the least.
I can't wait for our next trip.

Topwater Addiction!

May 20, 2014 at 7:27am

What a day it was, beautiful weather and great people onboard today. 'Doc' and his guest, Dr. Larry and son, Daniel, experienced a trip they will never forget. I have to give props to Dr. Larry as he broke his big trout record today on the good ole Matrix Shad. His new record is now standing at 4.2 lbs, great job Dr. Larry. Today was a day for the big girls. We had beautiful trout coming in from every direction and we didn't even measure a fish until 1030. Matrix Shad and Top dog topwater baits were the trick today as the bite stayed steady all morning long.

May 17, 2014 at 4:18pm

Today I had Nalco and their guest on board. Today started off steady and then midway went dead, but finished strong and left them biting. It was a great day to be on the water as it was slick calm and we were running 38 mph across open water to the first spot. The first two spots were steady as we put 45 on ice before 930 and then it went dead. We ran from spot to spot searching for more trout but no luck. So I decided to make a big move and boy did it pay off. We pulled up and the guys were pulling them in every cast. As it would play out we would drift a little and get on another bite and before we knew it, we put 55 more on ice and left them biting. Catching was the name of the game today and it was a well needed trip. In fact the guys asked if my boat was named and since it wasn't they decided to name it 'The Trout Coffin'. Big compliment that I will gladly take. Thanks again to Nalco for the business and I can't wait till the next one.

May 16, 2014 at 7:27pm

Nalco joined me on Friday and with the weather looking bad to the west, we only had a limited amount of time before the rain was going to hit (at least that's what the weather looked liked it would do). We decided to head straight to the ponds and work the banks for reds. We pulled up to the first spot and within 5 minutes a hook up with a nice red and about 10 seconds later, he spit it. Good sign but sucks that we lost him. We just kept working the banks and would pick up a red here and there. We had lots of 15 inch reds but what got me is the amount of hook ups we had and then they spit our spoon back at us. I guess I should have drank a cold one for the fishing gods the night before because it was just one of those days. We worked hard for our fish but it was a good day in my books because the rain, that was suppose to slam us, never showed up. The bait of choice for today was weedless gold spoons.

May 12, 2014 at 7:36am

Daryl and Michelle joined me on Saturday and the day started a little slow. With the winds, I decided that fishing with dead shrimp and cracked crab, on the bottom, was the way to go. Our first spot was taken so off to the second, nothing. Passed back by the initial intended spot and noticed the boat was catching, good for them but bad timing for me. For the next 5 spots we picked up a red, freshwater cat, and a bunch of hard heads. Time to move to the next spot and the right move it was. The big drum moved in and for about 1 1/2 hours it was every cast. The drum were ranging from 15 to 25 lbs and with the light tackle we were using, it was awesome to say the least. Drags were screaming, heart rates were elevated, and the smiles were bigger than the fish. All the big drum were caught and released due to them usually having worms in the meat. After this spot played out we bounced around a few more spots putting together a good box of fish. It was a great day on the water, despite the windy conditions.

May 12, 2014 at 7:19am

An old buddy of mine wanted to learn some new area and after rescheduling once, I called him last minute due to a new opening. He was game for whatever and so I decided to take full advantage and make it a topwater trip. We checked a couple places to make sure the trout weren't stacked and then headed to where the action began. We were getting strikes almost every cast and it was amazing to see the trout nail the bait and then come flying out the water. I have to admit that I never really gave topwater a chance and now that I have, it is exhilarating and very much addicting. I absolutely can't wait to have the chance to do it again!

Capt Josh (a new topwater junkie!)

May 07, 2014 at 7:56pm

It was a great day to be on the water. The wind forecast was wrong again as it was blowing a lot harder than 5-10. Anyway I had Travis, Nate, and Dave with me onboard and the plan was for trout and the plan became a success. We ran to the coast and the wind was already blowing near 15 from the west and the water didn't look good at all. I said hell with it and we gave it a whirl and found the trout. The water wasn't chocolate but it wasn't far off either. We found a few trout and because of the wave action I tied on to a piling and that was all she wrote. We were using double rigs with an 1/8 oz jighead on top and a 1/4 oz on bottom and they were rigged with the tiger Matrix shad on top and the 'nightruese' Vortex shad on bottom. They wanted the bait sitting or dragging the bottom, just like fishing live bait. We ended up putting 77 beautiful trout on ice by 930 and then the guys wanted to go site casting for reds, so off we went. The redfish action for me was not as good, as I couldn't get on a good bite but we ended up with 4 keepers.
Overall it was a fantastic day with guys that didn't cut each other any slack. A lot of laughs and good times.

May 04, 2014 at 12:25pm

I was running the second boat for a charter from Capt Bill Lake and I had the pleasure of taking out Craig, Doug, and Dave. We started out looking for trout and we picked away for a few here and there but nothing to brag about. The next plan was to go after the bullreds again, but with little to no tide, everything was shut down. We jumped around from spot to spot, but no luck. So I decided to make a long run to an old spot that is good for reds this time of year and man was it the perfect move. Dave was the first to hook up and he actually caught the most with his gold spoon. Doug came in a close second with his Black and Chartreuse Vortex shad. I was throwing a bone color Badonka donk topwater plug and they were hitting the heck out of hit. I finally got Craig to switch over to a red and white topwater and after several blow ups he finally landed one. The day started off slow but ended great! Just goes to show you that persistence pays off. And by the way, if you haven't thrown topwater at redfish, I highly recommend it, but be careful with those treble hooks.

May 01, 2014 at 7:54am

Yesterday I had Don, Tim, and Sean on my boat and it was a beautiful day to be on the water. The winds stayed down, which made for perfect conditions. The shrimp were everywhere in Lake Mechant and we just bounced from one flock of birds to another. A lot of smaller trout were mixed into the catch but it was a great site to finally see some shrimp action. Tim, who is from Michigan, caught a huge 25 lbs bull red for his first ever redfish. The kicker was it was on light tackle, which made for an intense 10 min battle. He was smiling from ear to ear, which made the trip a success for me.
The bait of choice was the Matrix Shad in ultraviolet and green hornet. Once again a great day on the water.

April 12, 2014 at 9:16am

Capt. Chris Venable, Capt. Olden Rodrigue, and myself decided to take a day to scout some new area. The wind was stronger than predicted, again, so we decided to stay on the inside and boy was that a great idea. We started off the morning with throwing topwater baits for speckled trout. It was a blast to see the trout blowing up on the baits. We ended up landing a few, but they sure were nice. Next we decided to hit the ponds for redfish. We struck gold with this move. We site casted around 40 redfish with several double hookups! It was a blast watching those big bruisers slaughter our Vortex shad. It was a great and relaxing day and I would rate our scouting trip a success!

April 02, 2014 at 7:56am
A comment titled: Sideways pic in response to a report titled: 10/22/14 Day 2 with the Farmers

Sorry for the pictures, I just got a new computer with windows 8 and for some reason they keep loading like this.

October 25, 2014 at 7:13am
A comment titled: Teamwork in response to a report titled: Trout and Red Action 8-13-14

Anytime man, That's what it is all about.

August 13, 2014 at 8:38pm
A comment titled: another pic in response to a report titled: The Perfect Scenario

Mike with a nice redfish.

August 13, 2014 at 8:31pm
A comment titled: Lost Lake in response to a report titled: Topwater junkie gets his fix!

I am not sure about Lost Lake. I haven't been out there in a few weeks. The coast is starting to have good numbers but still is spotty. Meaning - one spot is loaded but the 20 around it doesn't produce anything.

May 21, 2014 at 7:09am
A comment titled: Toilet Flush is pretty good in response to a report titled: Topwater junkie gets his fix!

Yes I do and that's a pretty good representation of what it sounds like!

May 20, 2014 at 8:00am
A comment titled: More pics in response to a report titled: Topwater junkie gets his fix!


May 20, 2014 at 7:29am
A comment titled: Great Catch in response to a report titled: Redfish slam with my Son..

Great trip y'all had and y'all finished up just before the wind really started howling! Can't get any better.

May 12, 2014 at 6:59am
A comment titled: More Pictures in response to a report titled: Topwater Redfish Action

Dave and Doug's pictures

May 01, 2014 at 7:57am
A comment titled: More pictures from my boat in response to a report titled: Down In Dularge

Thanks again for the trip. The guys had a blast battling the big bullreds. We had several double hook ups as the pictures show.

May 01, 2014 at 7:38am
A comment titled: Shrimp in response to a report titled: The shrimp have finally showed up.

Sorry for the delay. The shrimp I saw were mostly 100 count shrimp with an occasional bigger shrimp jumping around. Then the shrimp moved out again. Yesterday the shrimp moved back in and a few of the trout I cut open had 40 to 60 count shrimp in there bellies. I hope this helps. Capt Josh

April 18, 2014 at 9:05am
A comment titled: Great day in response to a report titled: Matrix Shad Trio!!

Thanks again Chris. It was great to relax and not have any pressure. But I do have to say it is too bad you couldn't have come out with me yesterday instead of heading to work. I was done with my limit of trout by 9 and did some more scouting for reds. Shrimp were working everywhere in Merchant and the trout were hungry. This year should be a fantastic year for site casting redfish!

April 18, 2014 at 8:56am
A comment titled: HDS 7 in response to a report titled: Best all in one chartplotter unit for coastal LA?

HDS 7 Gen 2 or touchscreen is the way to go. I don't believe there is anything different between the 5 or 7 besides size. I have the platinum plus card from Navionics in my HDS 7 and it is just like looking at Google Earth's satellite picture of your area.

March 23, 2014 at 4:33pm
A comment titled: One more picture in response to a report titled: Sheepshead report

Final Tally

March 23, 2014 at 9:29am
A comment titled: Hunting was great! in response to a report titled: Motor Question

Had a fantastic time. Couldn't ask for better people and the hunting was great too. I saw two shooter bucks but they were out of range. This year I will get one.

February 03, 2014 at 9:19am
A comment titled: not good in shallow water in response to a report titled: Motor Question

As I said above that the Verado's are sensitive, I was referring to running in the shallows. We all know that the winter time here can call for some mud slinging from time to time and the Verado's will shut down on you directly in the middle of a flat you are running across. The motor senses less water pressure and immediately shuts the motor down and this results in sitting in very shallow water. The Yamaha's do not do this. Now I am not saying outboard motors are for running in the mud, I am just saying it is nice to know that you can trim up and keep going if you need to.

February 02, 2014 at 10:47am
A comment titled: Yamaha 300 in response to a report titled: Motor Question

I have experience with both motors and Yamaha does it for me.
The Verado's have a ton of awesome features. The power steering and the torque of the motor are my favorites. Here is my problem with them and some of this is the service center's fault. In 2009 my company (at that time) bought 4 new Shearwater 25 LTZ's with the 300 Verado's. Over the next 2 years, we went through 15 lower units. Now my boat only went through one but still I can't see the other guys tearing them up that bad. Now this is before they came out with the new 5.44 gearcases, which they use on offshore boats.
The other minor issues with the motor were:
-the supercharger making a rattling noise
-the consumption of oil (at 50 hours would be 3 quarts low)
-the sensitivity of the motor
-the motor will drain your battery when being stored for only a few days without a on-off battery switch

The Yamaha 300 - Is a great motor and look at it this way, if it isn't broke, why fix it.
It is lighter and the reliability is there. The fuel consumption is about the same. Every motor will drink gas if you are into the throttle. I currently run a Yamaha 250 and I have 700 hours with only one problem with it. The o-rings for the trim ram leaked. I brought it in and it was covered by warranty and that was it. My dad and 5 other captains (who we work with) run the 300 Yamaha and they all have had 0 problems with them. My dad has 510 hours on his and he has the most hours out of them.

I used to be a Mercury man but after my experience with them and the crap that Mercury would try to feed me about the motors and not back them was ridiculous. Like I said before, the dealership, who repaired the motors, had a lot to do with the repetitive problems.

Another thing to look at is the amount of oil the motors take. The Yamaha 300 takes 6 quarts and the Verado takes 8 quarts. I see that you are a guide and since we run our motors more often than most these small things can add up.

I am sure I left plenty things out but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Capt. Josh Ellender

January 31, 2014 at 9:13am
A comment titled: Thanks again. in response to a report titled: Beautiful weather

I really appreciate the words of encouragement. I do have to say, it is because of days like Friday that make me try even harder.

March 18, 2013 at 5:09pm
A comment titled: Thanks! in response to a report titled: Beautiful weather

I sure do appreciate that, it goes a long way with me!

March 17, 2013 at 5:43pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: 2nd chance pays off

Just wanted to say thanks to Capt. Bill Lake for setting up the trip.

February 24, 2013 at 2:31pm
A comment titled: It sure was a great 2 days of catching! in response to a report titled: Down On The DU!

Capt. Bill said it right, easy catching and a box full of redfish. I definitely could get use to leaving at 2pm and getting back to the dock before it is dark with our limit of fish! Thanks again Capt. Bill for the trip and once again Dularge is the place to be! We caught everything on swim baits on Friday and a mix of swim baits and shrimp on Saturday. The swim baits we were using were HLT in the blue tiger and a regular swim bait in the bunker color.

January 22, 2013 at 6:30pm
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