How has the fishing in the bay been? Have the reds come back? What about the specs?
Has anyone been fishing Cypremort Point/ Vermilion Bay recently?
Has anyone been catching any crabs? Are they running in/near Cypremort Point, Rollover, Rockefeller, etc? Any other suggestions? Friend of mine wants to go crabbing for her birthday. Thanks.
Any advice on where to catch some crabs this weekend? The little lady wants to catch/boil a few. Preferably someplace I can reach by car, from Lafayette, as the boat is in the shop.
This Thursday, I will be in Lake Charles for work. I was wondering what places I can either fish from the bank or my kayak for a few reds/specks. Any help is appreciated. Will post afterwards. Thanks.
I am trying to take the kayak out this Thursday for a quick trip. Has anyone been catching anything at Lake Martin? Cypremort Point? Spanish Lake? If it swims, I want to hook it. I'm not greedy--just needy. All info is appreciated. Thanks.
Has anyone been catching any reds/specks in the bay? How abut any crabs at Marsh Island? I am itching to take the boat out this weekend and any help will be most appreciated. I will post my results, even if I bat zero.
Need a place where I can get in a few hours of bank fishing this weekend near the Acadiana area. Has anyone been catching any reds near the Point, etc. How about catfish in the marshes or Spanish Lake? Any info will be much appreciated. Will report and post pictures.
Has anyone fished Lake Martin recently? Have the bass/sacaulait/bream turned on? I was thinking about making a trip after work. Thanks.
Has anyone fished Lake Martin recently? Have the sacalaits turned on?
Took my father and my next door neighbor fishing early Saturday. Sure it was cold and there was a front coming in, but dang it!--the S.S. Floating Log demanded a sacrifice. Besides, it was my neighbor's 48th birthday and he had not been fishing since he and the kin folk moved down from Convington and he sold his boat. More importantly, his very attractive 30ish wife needed him out of the house so that she could prepare for his present (that may have included something that is spelled a little like stripers but isn't a member of the hybrid bass family; you get my drift).
Anyway, after shaking off the margaritas from my neighbor's official birthday party that took place the night before, we loaded up the S.S. Floating Log and hit the water. Of course, I was smart enough to check the %!^!^!$^!%! bearings on the #^@&%$@$%! tires before we left. I'll be danged if there was to be a repeat of the last time that I took the S.S. Floating Log out. There would be no calamity on this trip.
It was my neighbor's first trip in the Bay so we decided to show him a little of Marsh Island. Also, we figured that the closer we got to the Gulf, the better the bite would be due to the increased salinity. Given that we needed to be back home at 2:00 to catch some hybrid striped bass, we did not have much time. We got to the Worm at about 8:40ish. The tide was too freaking low and we could not fish at the dam. This also meant that we could not cast for bait fish or shrimp. Luckily, we had some market shrimp. Dead shrimp on the bottom it was.
Because the water temp was 52 degrees and there was a severe low tide due to the North wind, we fished the deeper cuts in the Worm's main channel. We figured that the fish would: 1) be out of the marsh due to the much reduced water levels and 2) would seek the warmer, deeper water. My neighbor and my father fished the bank side of the boat while I fished the channel side. My father and my dad caught mostly drum and some monster crabs. I caught a few monster crabs, far less drum and some very nice channel cats. The drum had moved into the shallower waters to feed on the crabs while the cats stayed in the deeper warmer water.
To beat the cold front and the darker clouds, we decided to fish at Shark Bayou on the way home. Heading across the Bay, we hit the front's thermocline-- it was freaking cold!!!!!!--especially after all of last night's margaritas had worn off.
At Shark Bayou, we kept only one legal redfish. By this time, the tide had stopped moving. So we packed up and headed home where a little hybrid striped bass fishing awaited us.
Final total: (1) red, (11) drum, (5) catfish and (13) monster crabs. Uho yeah, (2) hybrid striped bass.
Did I mention that there would be no calamity? Well, no trip aboard the S.S. Floating Log would be complete without a little calamity.
While fishing at Shark Bayou, I saw my father measure a drum that looked to be close. He measured it at 16 1/2 inches and tossed it in the ice chest. Now, this fish looked a little small. After all, I know what 16 inches looks like.... well..... maybe not. But, the fish looked small. Long story short, my father was placing the fish's tails on the "1" marker as opposed to the "0" marker. Yeah, he was giving the fish an extra inch (where was that ruler in high school???) The fish was undersized by 1/2 inch (how far away is the Game Warden's Camp?!?!?!) So, we got to re-measure all of the fish. Luckily, that was the only small one with all of the fish ranging between 16 3/4" - 20". Only the 20" drum gave us a little spaghetti--and not that much. The two hybrid striped bass gave us....errr.... never mind.
Thunderbird. What's the price? Thirty twice.
Now that I've jogged everyone's memories, what's the word on Vermilion Bay? I promised my father and my neighbor (it's his birthday and his wife wants him out of the house) a fishing trip. Given the recent weather and impending rain, I figure that we will be chasing reds as opposed to trout. Has anyone been to Bay recently? How about MI? Thanks. Will post my results good or bad.
Over the Christmas break, one of my uncles told me that they rocked off the canal under the little bridge on the way to the State Park. Has anyone seen this? This is one of the places where I launch my kayak.
Has anyone been to either Spanish Lake or Lake Martin since Ike blew through? Just curious as to how much damage each lake sustained. Did they sustain any fish kills?
I will be spending the weekend in Aleandria bored off my arse. Is there any place that is good for fishing from the bank or from a kayak?
Well, since this week is the last week of my being an unemployed lazy bum, I decided to take my boat out yesterday. Sure it was windy as all get out. Sure, I knew the fish were going to be inactive. Sure, the Vermillion Bay looked like someone put too much Nestleâs Quick in the water. Sure, I knew my rather meager fishing skills were going to be put to the test. But dang it, I was going to take the S.S. Floating Log out for a spin. Besides, it was the Floating Logâs first trip of the year and after a winter of inactivity she needed some exercise (just like her owner, but thatâs another story).
My partner in crime for this trip was my father.
The fishing trip started out great. After I put gas in the boat (25 gallons)âcha-ching, purchased baitâcha-ching, paid the launch feesâlittle cha-ching and readied the new rods, reels and other assorted toysâBIG CHA-CHING, we finally got on the water. Serenity graced my eyes. My soul was peaceful. I was going fishing. Time to wet a line. The S.S. Floating Log demanded a sacrifice. Here fishy fishy. Here fishy fishy.
ITâS FREAKINâ COLD!!!!!!
Thatâs all I could think. 15-20 mph wind, temperature in the low 60's, a boat going 50 mph and water spray hitting your face....ITâS FREAKINâ COLD!!!!!! Too bad I left my jacket in my car. Uho well, real men donât need no stinkin' jacket. Cold water be darned, I am here to relax and catch some fish.
After running around the Bay for a bit, my father and myself decided that Shark Bayou would probably be our best bet as 1) since the waters were somewhat protected, they should be a little clearer, 2) the wind would affect us less and 3) it should be a little warmer. Note: Itâs not like reason number three was really one of our reasons as real men donât fear the coldâjacket still in my car be danged!!!!!
To make a long story short, after about five hours on the water we had only two fish in the ice chest. Two expensive fish in the ice chest. We threw back what seemed to be too many little croakers and baby sheepshead. But, the fact that we caught some sheepshead in Shark Bayou is a good sign that the water, despite all of the rain, still has a fair level of salinity.
Anyway, we decided to go home and clean our two fishâcha-ching.
On our way home, we get a freaking blowout on one of the trailer tires while on Highway 92 in Youngsvilleâcha-ching. Not a problem. I calmly pull over to the shoulder and take out the three ton floor jack. My boat doesnât weigh three tons. Caveman logic says that this will be a piece of cake. Iâll jack up the boat, put one spare and be home in plenty of time to cook and clean our two fish.
Hmmmmmm..... this lug is kind of tight... maybe if I give it one steady pull.....SNAP!!!! #@##$&@%@&$$@&$@&$@$... ok, so I break the lug that was rusted on. No big deal. I walk to the Texaco station and buy a $5.00 can of WD-40âcha-ching. That should loosen up the rusted lugs enough so that I get them off, put on the spare and go home and clean my ever increasingly more expensive fishâcha-ching.
After 20 minutes of spraying the lugs, banging on them with a hammer and doing everything imaginable to get some of the rust off, I have another go at getting some if the remaining four lugs off. A few minutes later.....SNAP!!!!! There goes lug number two.âcha-ching!
At this point I call a tow truck to trailer my boat and trailer and follow me to my houseâCHA-CHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
First trip of the year in my own boat: too many cha-chings and too little fish. At least I got to spend some time with my dad. Now I am going to clean and cook my pathetic little fish that cost me about $160 each. That should put me in the right mood to go and fight with that tireâcha-ching!
I was playing on ESPN and looking at the prior month's International Game Fish Associations' world record submissions. When, lo and behold, who do I see? Why, it's none other than an picture of our own Susan Gros holding a 26 pound 8 ounce redfish she caught on a fly. Congrats!
Has anyone been doing any fishing at Spanish Lake?
I need some help. I will be in Houma pretty soon for work and wanted to try and squeeze some fishing in. Where can I go to wet a line? I will not have my boat with me. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
Are there any reports out of Spanish Lake? Thinking about making a trip there during the Mardi Gras Holidays. Thanks.