Had the opportunity to fish Sunday out of Grand Isle , still running recon trips looking for the trout bite. The weather and wind has been perfect, the water was clean and slick with a good tide. We only observed a few trout at the cleaning stations, it should be any day now and it usually turns on like a light switch. I may have to run from Fourchon to Cocodrie next week and get on some of the action. Until the trout move in the crew has been having fun with the reds and heads. This has been keeping the fillet knifes busy. Running a Charter next weekend and making the far run west. Hopefully we score! Captain Darrin Foster Kick-Em-Up Charters
Itâs seems like we have the same weather and fishing transition every year. I ran the first scouting trip last week with high hopes of landing some nice trout. The weather finally cleared and we started the adventure before daylight , we fished hard from Grand Isle and traveled all the way to East Timberlier Island. The water was muddy with a good tide and slick conditions. We were armed with like shrimp and tried every style without a single bite. So just like every year before we hit the back up plan and headed to the fist set of rigs. We switched to jig heads with shrimp and right on time every drop produced a sheephead or a lucky red fish. The Rule is when you can close the fish box that is too much sheephead. If this is your thing now is the time to load the box every cast, I would also recommend a sawzall fillet knife. We are looking for a promising trout year and hopefully the weather and water clears. Captain Darrin Foster
I would like to share some expectations of the Sandy Hollow dove Youth Hunt, not many reviews so here we go. Me and my son hunt nothing but WMAâs so he brought a friend and we started out at 5:30am, The hunt doesnât start till 12 oâclock but we were prepared for the crowds. We got there early and there was about 20 people already there. We hunted the Atherton Field, As we started to walk in the field we seen hundreds of doves in the first field close to the parking area. We got set up in the first field and it ended up being a mistake, we saw hundreds of doves before the shooting started. I set the dove Mojoes Up and doves were landing in them repeat before the shooting started. The crowd wasnât bad they probably had about 30 to 40 people there. At 12 oâclock the shooting started and this is what I learned; all the doves move to the back field, we were seeing hundreds but nothing after the shooting started. About 2 oâclock the doves changed corse, the only problem they were a a mile high. We ended shooting a nice mess of dove but we shot over 200 shells for the small reward. There ended up being a lot of doves to shoot at but you better have a lot of shells due to the limitations of the steel shot. Also the Mojoes did not work after the shooting started the doves flared we had to turn them off. Guns of choice were our Stoeger M3500 with #7 low brass steel shot, not one malfunction with our automatics, I can consider this to be the most affordable all around 2 3/4 -3.5 gun.
Recommendations to hunt this field: Get their early only to get a good spot on the back field. Stay close overseeing a tree line. We brought a cart, you will need chairs and ice chest with plenty of drinks. Trust me you will need 100 shells per person or expensive high brass to reach the doves. we ran out at prime time and not sure if my shoulder can take much more. Any age youth will have a great time shooting all they want at the dove and practice in their shots .
Sandy Hollow is definitely worth the trip for the youth hunt. Invite a youth get on the best field and you can shoot with them. It a lot of fun and this will become an annual event. The field is nicely planted with dove treats and prepared.
Been busy working and running a few charters. The fishing has been off the beaten path this year and defiantly not the usual holding patterns. It has been hit and miss on the beach and we are running and gunning to find the fish. Sometimes we hit five or six spots in a 20-mile Radis be four locating the fish. The key to our success has been clean water, moving water, calm winds and live bait. We have been catching our share on most trips but finding the fish has been a challenge. The other challenge has been live bait, but it has made the difference between catching a few to catching every cast. The last few trips have been great weather and slick calm; the fish are starting to stack up and it is a fish every cast. Preferred method shrimp under a bomber cork with 2 feet of fluorocarbon and #2 hook. It looks like the trout are late and we are going to fish into September.
Listed are the spots that we have been running and gunning to locate the fish: Yellow Rig, East Timbalier- west rocks, West Timbalire rock jetty, West Timbalire surf, West Timbalire The Wall, West Fallen rig, PB Island, Fourchon barges, Fourchon rock jetty and Elmers Island point.
Capt. Darrin J Foster
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Fished yesterday and the conditions looked perfect from the barges to west Timbalier Island. The tide was great and I haven't seen the water this slick in a long time. With all the bait and trash fish we struggled to find the specks in one spot, we continued to move picking up a few specks at each spot all the way to west Timbalier. Most of the fish came from the barges and Bell pass rocks but as I made a late move on the back side of west Tim we found the fish stacked tight and a trout every cast. The only problem we had was most of the live shrimp was used out front so we left the fish biting. Make sure you get live shrimp early even yesterday be four the crowds they we limited on the shrimp. Good luck this weekend and the people are starting to roll in and the carnival is about to start. This is a perfect weekend with the best weather conditions possible, somebody will certainly find the monster fish.
This weekend was my second scouting trip running the backup plan. I made the decision to fish Sunday knowing that the wind was out the north with a two-foot sea but the tide and conditions were an 8 on fishing forecast. The weather fooled us with fog and no wind on the drive down, I made a bad decision and tried the front side of east Tim, the weather man was right this time with a 15-knot north wind and too rough to fish. Made the decision to head north but had to take the safe route, one hour and I was back in Timbalier bay. Reminder, if you are leaving east Tim use caution, may look like open water and you will lose your props or boat if not in a lane. First stop was Calumet Island, the water was muddy and no fish on all the hot spots, Second stop Casse Tete, same thing muddy water and no trout. Approximately 2 miles north of Casse Tete island the water went from brown to clear green. Here is the abbreviated list of three northern islands that are holding trout and clean water, Ph B island, PEL Island and Bull Island, birds were going crazy on all the points. All four corks flew out and disappeared! The trout were small with a lot of through backs, we ended up keeping 50 trout and one red fish. We left the fish biting due to late start and bad decision, a few things to look for; find clean water, birds and shrimp boats. The shrimp boats knew what to look for because they were stacked up loading their nets with shrimp on all three islands. Bait of choice; live shrimp under a cork with 14-inch fluorocarbon leader mandatory black hook, also I had some plastic junkies onboard that tried every plastic and produced 3 fish before switching to live shrimp. There is a lot of controversy around this topic but I will delay a trip if live bait is not available. I also keep 3 10 foot cast nets onboard just in case we have to convert back to old methods. Be back on the water when the weather and tide are picture perfect.
Capt. Darrin Foster
Is been a while since I posted a report, this weekend was my first scouting trip running the mail man stops. The first was Saturday evening, light wind and we ran the back side of Fourchon. Made a few stops first was east Tim and the water was chocolate milk but they still had trout. Made a move further west and the water went from chocolate to crystal clear. Hit all the hot spots on the back side of west Tim and loaded the chest with nice size trout. Now Saturday the front side of Fourchon and grand isle was a hit and miss, the water went from green to brown and I guess you had to be lucky. The beach was also hit and miss, the good news is when you found the fish they were nice size fish no measuring needed. They must have had 60 boats on the barges so I don't like crowds and stayed west. A little side note, all the boats left and the fish turned on late after lunch.
Sunday went west and we smoked the Reds and trout, the hard part was I made several stops even in dirty water and you had to be right on top of the fish. If you cast outside of the hole it was zero. We quit fishing around 11 and left the fish biting. You know it's going to be a good day when four corks fly out and disappear, is like a kid in the candy store. Here is a few of my mail stops that are holding fish without giving exact location. West Tim submerged rock pile, East yel rig, East Tim point submerged rocks, Bru Island PB Island, Barges, deer stand, CaL Island, Mud bottom Fourchon beach and submerged rocks Grand Isle.
I'll be running a few charters again this year, I do my best to run 20 charters and mostly take oil field workers. This is a part time passion that I love, I also spend a lot of time with my 16 year old son that deckhands for me, he also claims he showed me my 20 years of fishing Fourchon and Grand Isle all the hot spots.
Oh! bait of choic; live shrimp under a cork, bottom with weight cought most reds and bigger trout. Be back on the water when the weather and tide are picture perfect.
Capt. Darrin Foster
This crew was great, started off the morning with a few mechanical issues but worked through it and got us to the trout hole. It is fun when you lose count of fish, one of the guys at 9 o'clock thought we had 20 fish so I did a fish count and we had 99 trout. Two more cast and finished with a nice limit. We fished Fourchon beach with live shrimp under a cork. Well time for a break and a little boat maintenance. Had a great year and still have a few more weekends booked.
Capt. D Foster
Finally got the weather to corporate and we limited out at 930 with some huge trout. The crew ended up fishing Fourchon beach with live shrimp and smoked the fish. This morning we had calm seas, north wind and good tide. All you need is a popping cork and two foot leader . Great time and left the fish biting. I have a crew coming in the morning so I hope it's the easy.
Capt. D Foster
What a great day, woke up at 530am and looked at the radar. Storms were building over Fourchon so I knew we had to get the job done quick. I had the Hayden's and there 9 year old daughter Sophia, it was her first time in a boat inshore and first trout. I ended up lucky because the first two stops produced zip. I finally move towards the beach right in the breakers and bam.. it was a fish every cast. Sophia had a Zepco and she landed some quality trout by herself. We followed the proper initiation by a little slime to the face, you should have seen her expression. We was only able to fish an hour as the storm started to build and I had to leave them biting. Every two minutes the girls said lets go even as we were doubling up on quality trout. Good call because soon as the boat hit the trailer the bottom fell out. We fished with live shrimp under a cork and had the boat positioned in the breakers. Look for the bait and birds and anyone can load the boat up. Great time and Sophia has her first trout experience .
Captain D. Foster
Friday was a tough trip with 25 knot winds, the crew ended up catching 25 but it was painful. I still donât have that magic location when the wind is howling.
We had to regroup Saturday and Sunday, my group canceled due to the 25 knot winds that were expected to continue. I woke up late Saturday morning and you should have known the wind was calm. I woke up the wife and kids to do some scouting, we got on the water around 9:30am. Pull up to the first hole and Bammm, we slammed the fish for two hours and called it a day. All fish caught on live shrimp under cork, best areas are points with oysters. My wife enjoyed fishing, my son said he is not putting more fish in the boat because he has help clean them and my daughter said she is never coming again and hates fish slime. Tough crew, Great time and video.
Capt. D. Foster
I ran two trips this past weekend, I had the pleasure to fish with friends and we were very successful catching over 200 speckled trout and 15 bonus red fish. The first day I made the decision to go long and it payed off fishing the bay side oyster reefs. This day the water was chocolate milk on the Gulf so we ended up with a full box fishing shallow. On this trip we left the fish biting due to running out of live bait. With the fishing this hot my new live bait number is 75 per person minim.
Second day I made the decision to fish the Gulf side. The water was clear and I had good reports, pulled up and told everyone to cast, itâs on all rods bent at the same time. It was on fire and we filled the box. The only issue was the 20 boats that past by and decided to pull inches from our lines. Well thatâs fishing, the bait of choice was live shrimp and style you desire.
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Early trout scouting trip Saturday, this is our second trip with same conditions. We had a two hour fishing window and caught some good fish. Lucky Nick was able to catch our bait cast netting, live shrimp was the ticket. We got lucky as we fished a place that we donât normally fish. I saw a few birds diving and decided to stop and make a few cast. It was game on until the wind picked up around 25 knots and the rain started. All the fish came off shrimp Carolina rigged on the bottom. We tried all plastics with no luck. Taking a break and this weather has to get reliable.
Capt. D Foster
Went to try out my new inshore sled yesterday at Fourchon, we only had a short 2-hour window to see if the fish were on the gulf side. To our surprise, it was on fire!!, it started slow using live bait, after making a switch to plastic anything with a Glow/Chartreuse Tail it was game on. The area we fished was deep water with under water structure and tight lining slow retrieve. We had to use Â¼ Oz jig heads due to hanging ups, its early but the fish are there and no need for a measuring stick. It was a fish every cast until the rain ran us off, we ended the day with 50 nice fish. Iâm out of the offshore business, and this was my first trip on the champion, itâs a beast with the twin power, nice smooth, dry ride, I was impressed.
Just a little background, years of unsuccessful hunting before learning what we call the Quick Draw method. This started five years ago when I made a commitment of not lifting a gun on public land until my son made his first kill. Long story short, over that period my son missed 18 deer/9 hogs on public land including some nice mountable Bucks. He would almost break out in tears when people asked what was wrong or after he missed, but the hard truth was you have to be fast with seconds to make decisions when hunting public land. To this very day we have not seen nor shot an animal on public land that was standing still, most of the kills the target was coming by like a streak of lighten and you had to lead the gun a football field distance ahead. Safety was paramount when learning the quick draw method, fist you have to be alert /ready at all times, second the target must be 100% identified, you have to make the decision to look in the direction of the leading gun barrel verifying a safe back ground and finally getting the bead on target. It is a fact that a few times we could not pull the trigger due to unsafe factors. Proactive safety methods we learned; Not walking next to each other and agreeing on the safe direction each of us can shoot, walking in separate ravines and walking or stand locations on the out skirts of the nasty thick stuff giving us opportunity to make 100% identification be four pulling the trigger. I found this style is a small answer to the equation hunting public land but other larger equations due exist like different animal species reside in 10% of the public forest and 10% of the hunters scout these places but thats for another story.
This was preparation weekend to get the camper set up; I should have known it was going to be hard work involved. The hunt started Saturday morning deciding to make a one hour hunt close due to no 4 wheeler and obligations for 2:00pm. I sat down on my favorite hog log right before morning day light; I kept hearing noise but didnt see anything. As I looked behind me, ten hogs were less than five yards, 22 mags swung to the left side. As they started to run I pulled the trigger and made a clean head shot. My son had the same thing happen and busted a hog on the run, thats when the work started. Dragging a hog with no 4 wheeler over a half mile is no fun. We will be back Thanksgiving weekend preparing for the public deer party that takes place every year.
The exciting part of the trip was when we got to the truck at dark, the second we opened the door a truck drives up and hits the spot lights. Two wild life and fisheries agents get out and start going over protocol safety checks and made sure we was safe. I have to give recognition to them because they knew what time I got there, vehicle contents, what time I was coming out and conclude by the one gun case I was youth hunting. Long story short they invited us back to the GW camp to go over a few safety regulations. I was thinking man we must be in some kind of trouble but when we arrive they invited us to eat spaghetti while going over the hunting regulations. My son Nick 13 got a little nerve answering questions but was impressed and very interested in their job and all the cool toys. Thanks to the pleasurable encounter my son now wants to pursue a GW career and study biology. What I learned from these respectful agents is; if you think these guys are not on top of their game on the entire WMA you are wrong, they are well educated and informed on all activities. Just a quick reminder on a few things they quizzed on; Be well educated on hunting locations, directions, roads and what season is open and closed and proper gun and shells required during seasons open, have visible orange vest and hat on outer most garment including rain gear!, make sure you complete the WMA card, have all licenses and card on person including tags,, ATV regulations (tire size) and hunting stand requirements. This was the best education class my 13 year old son could receive and he learned be aware if you are an outlaw.
Youth hunt was unsuccessful this weekend due to the weather and pressure system that moved through all two days of youth hunt. Friday before the youth hunt we walked in to set up and 100 yards in we spotted a huge hog, bam!! Both shot guns fired shots of #4 squirrel shot and the hog just would not give up, tracked him but was unable to recover. Saturday the hunt started out as planned waking up at 4 am and walking over a mile and half to the area we have been scouting. Go figure! Before day light and shooting hours we were greeted by a nick buck and two does standing at 30 yards, 80 yards from our hunting location. I was hoping they would circle around but we waited all day in the pouring rain and nothing moved, I mean nothing! Be safe and legal, we will be back next week to revenge the weather.
I dont know its just the adrenaline rush you get after a successful hunt on public land. This hunt started out just like every opening day public land hunt, big crowds, lots of partyers, loud music and hunters walking all over the place. This is what make the trip rewarding and wouldnt have it any other way! Opening morning I and Nick decided to make a squirrel hunt, in order to get away from the pressure we brought bicycles and rode a mile before reaching the prime squirrel location. It was good to hunt without seeing another person, ended the hunt with 14 squirrels and one rabbit. My son is hard to keep up with shooting eight squirrels before I got started and staying miles ahead of me. That evening we decided on a hog hunt, I broke out the old trusty 22 mag and headed over a mile deep in the bottoms, it was windy but the woods came alive after the wind died down. Luckily I brought binoculars because the hogs were coming through right at dark and I was able verified with vortex vultures 8x56 before pulling the trigger. Long story short, ended the hunt with a 200lb Sal and quit an adventure getting out of the woods. GPS went haywire with low batteries, walked a mile through thick jungle in the wrong direction before figuring out the problem. Its a must to carry two way radios for safety, my son was a mile away hunting by himself and able to call my other buddy to help finding the way out 10:30 pm. Next morning woke up late to recover the hog from the night before; stepped 100 yards in the woods and BAMMMM we each smoked a small 50 lb. hog. Love it when and plan and hard work comes together, my buddy Robert has some excellent video of a bear under his stand and I saw one cross the road. We will be back as soon as the turnaround work clears in 38 days, be safe and go prepared, never know what can happen in the public jungle.
What a perfect way to end the season, we planned this trip after looking at the less than a foot waves Thursday evening. We had canceled several trips the week before due to weather. We arrived at the Port Fourchon public launch on Sunday around 3:30 pm and launched out. I had it planned that we would haul butt full throttle until we hit blue water, after 60 miles we finally hit our mark locating scattered grass and cobalt blue water. The first baits out, automatically produced a dolphin, fished for an hour and landed 20 slabs of mahi-mahi. By the way, the whole crew was blue water virgins, so you can only imagine the atmosphere as they landed their first dolphin. Now its getting dark and I should have guessed, 15 knot winds seas went from flat to a washing machine chop, another 2 hours finally arrive at the tuna grounds. Again rigged up and immediately a hook up, I asked the tuna virgin? What do you think you have? she replied I think Im hung up on the bottom In 3000 feet. By 12 mid night the crew filled every box ending the trip with 61 BFT / 5 YFT and 20 nice dolphins. Took a short nap and turned the boat bow north at 3:00am, we arrived after day light back and the launch, you might have to go 100 miles, but they are worth every penny. The overnight technique is keep it simple, glow diamond jigs 10oz-16oz, drop down Deeeep, when you think its deep enough drop another 15 seconds. Chunk cut bait for YFT and dolphin, continues chumming and bait hook with cigar minnows or BFT. Tuna crack consist of disco minnows / baby mullet or immature hard tail. Use live bait hooks; the smaller the better to hide the hook, fluorocarbon is a must in blue water sometime switching from 80lb to 60lb to 40lb.
FYI: Must have had a tournament ,a boat next to me was calling in a marlin over the radio that he had been fighting over 4 hours, cant imagine losing it, I felt your pain when you call in that the line failed. Sorry.
Back again in shrimp boat season, great season this year offshore and inshore!!!
2015 season Total:
20 Red Snapper
4 Triple Tales
2 Trigger Fish
32 Sheeps Head
321 Speckled Trout
This was one trip that started off knowing we had to hit the weed line to produce fish. We fished the past few weeks before hitting the Rip 30 50 miles out, automatically smoking the dolphin. This particular weekend was our vacation so I had friends that never seen blue water and it would be tough to land the finicky mangroves. Friday morning we loaded up and I was unsure of the RIP location, hit the throttles and did not touch them for 3 ½ hours, finally blue water! It was spectacular to see 5 different rips before hitting the blue water, had a North south brown on brown, brown on green, green on green, green on blue and finally found fish on blue on blue 3 miles from medusa. The bait of choice was cigar minnows with fluorocarbon, no weight tied to a Bimini knot to 80lb power pro. We also discovered anything floating this far out also produces bigger fish, one piece of trash cardboard gave up 4 dolphins and two triple tails. The crew ended with a box full of large dolphin and nonstop action. The next trip should happen in two weeks as we continue to smoke the fish on beautiful formed RIPS.
The Rip has been beautiful the last two weeks; it was approximately 30-50 miles depending on direction. The first week we hammered 125 dolphins with some large bulls, most fish were caught on cut bait, we cast netted live mullet beforehand and it seemed to produce the big bulls. The second weekend was the same story, had a crew from work and it was their first experience to see a rip. The crew ended up leaving the dock at 9:00am, for some reason GI was had to find, but ended the day slaughtering some nice fish. The rip has been saving the day as mangroves have been finicky and we been catching a few cobia if a shrimp boat was in the area. Word to the wise, the seas were great all day Friday until I pointed the boat north, we took a straight up Louisiana style but$$$ kicking heading in. Be back in two weeks for some more offshore action.