Had a late start yesterday due to the fog but finally made it down to the Great Wall around 8:30. The wind was nill and the sun shining made for a perfect morning. I tried a couple of spots first thing with some topwater but had no takers. Went back to the old faithful Green Hornet and started to peck away at them.
The same pattern continues to hold true, there's a few everywhere but a lot nowhere. So it was stick and move and just grind on them. Most were still deep, ~ 15-18', but did hit a couple up shallow but it was totally random. Pulled a few off of the wall but most came from the shorelines. Overall the water looked pretty bad, still dirty from last week's winds.
21 specks (8 more throwbacks)
4 small reds (all throwbacks)
1 micro flounder (throwback)
Maybe one day when I grow up I will finally catch 25 trout!
A run of not so great luck with friend's boats and my trolling motor has had me without a decent trip for the past couple of weeks. Trolling motor is still not in so this weekend was looking grim also until my boy Dead-eye Dave Levy offered to let me use his big bad Century for the weekend. Dead-eye Dave is the original duck commander as he and his pops have been terrorizing the migrating species for some time now.
Overslept so I was launching at the Chef with my sunglasses on this morning so I lowered my expectations as I just can't seem to shake this black cloud. Anyway made the run down the ICW to the great wall. It didn't take long and the thumping began. The problem was the box was still empty as I guess the down time had me rusty. I made a slight adjustment to my technique and started to sling em in. That bite ended pretty quick so I moved on to the MRGO shoreline. It was getting warm so I took my jacket off and proceeded to drop a full pack of Camels over the side...par for the course! The shoreline was the same story immediate thumping and then nothing. This was the pattern, snag a few and move on.
The wind ran in and the Camels ran out so I called it a day early, final tally:
19 specks (9 more throwbacks)
1 small stripped bass
2 throwback reds
All caught on the Matrix Shad Green Hornet, 3/8 jighead, and all still in 15-18' of water.
Late Friday Report
Last week coworker Mike O bought a nice second hand flats boat and wanted to give it a run Friday. I was game but my better judgement suggested that he get a Sea Tow membership or we take my boat also just in case something went wrong. Too much procrastinating on both parts so we headed for Bienvenue without my boat and Sea Tow.
Boat was running good, nice stable ride with a good cruising speed. We decided to kill a couple of hours on the trout and then head deep into the marsh for the bronze beauties. The trolling motor crapped out after about 30 minutes, I knew it was now going to be a long day. The tide was dead so the trout were slow as I believe we hooked 5 to keep 2.
We left the trout and headed deep back into the marsh when the motor kills about mid way back. It cranked right up and we continued further back when it killed again but would not crank again.
All I could see was that Sea Tow membership application and a black ink pen then I realized it was a mirage. We fooled with the motor for a while but no remedy worked so it was time to try the cell phone. Well about 4 1/2 hours later and just before sunset his dad found us and began the tow.
It was a good reminder to both that being stuck really sucks. So much of a reminder that I renewed my membership at the boat show Saturday and he called today to get his membership rolling.
Tips of the day:
1. Get the membership, it is cheap
2. If you don't have a gps, buy a cheap hand-held so that you can give them coordinates when you call them. It will expedite the service.
I won't win any academy awards but the attached video is a snapshot of that day's entertainment.
Decided to give the marsh a rest and search on for some clean water yesterday. Waited for the rain to pass and headed for Chef Pass for a solo run down to Bienvenue to check on the speckled species. I never did find any clean water but had to make the best of it. These days you have to lower your expectations to avoid manic depression.
Windy, no sun, rain, and had to run back to the launch avoid the lightning made for just a stellar trip.
The bite was lite and super tough, every bite took a lot of foreplay to get them excited. The only real pattern was depth, all fish in 15 - 20' of water.
Fished locks, rocks and everything in between with no real 'hot spots' to speak of with the Matrix Shad Green Hornet on a 3/8 jighead.
23 specks (6 more throwbacks)
1 red (2 more throwbacks)
3 blisters (getting to be too much like work)
Only had a small window of opportunity to fish today as me and the crew will be boarding the cruise ship Sunday morning.
My original plan was to just grind on the bridges for a couple of hours and call it a day hopefully finding a few trout along the way. The clouds and fog made me come up with a plan B. Mike O was taking his girl car shopping then on to Babies R Us so it was going to be a short solo trip. Got to Dockside early but launched late to try to let some fog burn off. Restocked on some Matrix Shads and headed out into the Lake. The fog was still thick, the water was really dirty, and the sky was cloudy so I decided to follow the Twin Span to the southshore and fish some bayous until the sun came out.
Plan B ended up being a good move as I found more dirty water but a decent redfish bite with an occasional trout mixed in. The reds were shallow and the trout were right off of the drops. I fished until 11:15 and had to call it a day. All fish caught on Green Hornet Matrix Shad with the tail dipped. Final Tally:
5 reds (4 more throwbacks)
1 lady fish (I thought they disappeared this time of year)
After last weekend's inability to find any reds I was determined to give it another shot as there is just too much good looking marsh in the area. So me and my boy Mike O made the run back down the ICW yesterday to give it another shot.
The water was much lower than I expected and was still falling out pretty hard which was another surprise as it was supposed to trickle in most of the day. With the water being so low I had to ditch my plan of looking shallow so we just got back as far as we could in the marsh and fished wherever there was water.
The pattern was not hard to find but water was as there was a lot of mud showing. Tried topwater, crankbaits, spoons, and spinners but they would only hit the Lemonhead Matrix Shad (dirty water).
10 Reds (3 more throwbacks)
1 lost speck
1 lost flattie
Some recent reports had me with a case of trout fever so yesterday we decided to make the run to the great wall and give it a shot. Well I can say that they didn't come easy, nothing but work.
The bite started out pretty good and lasted all of about 20 minutes from then on it was nothing but grinding. We started out fishing some of the ledges in the deeper water and they were right on the drop. Went into the marsh in the area to look for some reds and struck out.
Tried various colors and techniques but the Matrix Shad Green Hornet continues to do most of the damage. The water looked good in the ICW but the marsh was really dirty.
19 Specks (another 7 throwbacks)
1 small tarpon(???) that's my best guess
Wasn't sure if I wanted to battle the cold and wind today but the internal alarm had me up at 4:30 so I said what the heck.
Chatted with my imaginary online girlfriend for a few and then called my coworker Danny to see if he wanted to make a redfish trip. He was game so we met at the Chef for 8 this morning. I have imaginary dinner reservations this afternoon so it was going to be a quick trip to the marsh to look for the bronze beauties.
Headed down the dirty ICW and was hard pressed to find decent water in the marsh. Worked deep into the marsh and found a little better water and started slinging. It took a little while to figure out the puzzle but when we did it was game on. Finished the limit fairly quick and headed for the launch. All reds caught on the Matrix Shad Green Hornet with the tail dipped on a 1/4 oz jig.
10 reality reds (another 7 throwbacks)
Made a solo trip Friday and someone forgot to tell the flying teeth that it is January. The further you got back in the marsh the more hungry they were.
I was looking for a change of pace so I decided to check out some new areas off of the ICW that I have been looking at on Google Earth.
Made a foggy launch at the Chef and headed a little ways down the Intercoastal. Tried for some trout first but they were slim pickings so I headed further back into the marsh to look for the bronze beauties. It didn't take too long to figure out the puzzle and hit the limit with a few throwbacks mixed in. Tried the trout in a couple more areas to find only 3 or 4 short strikes.
The reds were super shallow in 1-3' of water. I was throwing a spinner bait, Matrix Shad Green Hornet w/ tail dipped chartreuse on a 1/4 oz jig strapped on a #3 H&H gold spinner. Almost every one hit the spinner on the 'pause.'
5 reds (4 more throw backs)
Between bad trout withdrawals and my wife going to Kenner for her sister's birthday I decided to make a quick trip this morning since the forecast was partly cloudy and only a slight chance of rain.
Made the run to The Chef to launch with a slight mist all the way from Lacombe. Decided to sit in my truck for a little while to see if the drizzle was going to pass. After 30 minutes there was really no change so I decided to take a chance and head down the ICW.
The rain only got worse and the sun never did show up so it was one of the most miserable trips of all time. The wind was stroking pretty good so that ruled out several spots that I usually fish. I tucked back into a deep water semi-protected area and gave it a whirl.
Started out with the Lemon Drop Matrix Shad due to the dismal conditions but only got a couple of short strikes. The water was fairly clean so I switched over to money bait, Green Hornet, and soon began to snag one here and there. All trout were deep today as I would hug the shore and work the bait up the ledge instead of the down but to my surprise the bass were still shallow. The tide quit about 11 and so did I as I was soaked and cold. Final tally:
17 specks (3 more throwbacks)
1 red (throwback)
Note to self: when you cannot put gas in the boat because the cap in frozen shut and you have to scrape the ice off the deck before you work the trolling motor it may be a good idea to stay in bed...but the fish didn't mind!
The weather, gatherings and holidays have had me off of the water for a while so I had to make a trip yesterday while I had the chance. Haven't been to Da Parish in a while so Troy and I decided to make a run to the great wall yesterday. Launched at the Chef a little late to let the sun come up but it was still a blistering ride down the ICW.
The wind blasted us all day long but we worked the Matrix Shad Green Hornet on a 3/8 jig head at the Great Wall and surrounding shorelines to put the sting on 'em. The was really no pattern today as they were both shallow and deep so just had to fan cast the entire time. Set a new personal best with six species of fish caught all on the hornet...final tally:
44 specks (~12 more throwbacks)
8 white trout (all throwbacks)
3 big bass released (breeders not eaters)
2 small flounders (throwbacks)
2 reds (throwbacks)
3 small jack chevelles
I shall first say that my thoughts and prayers go out to those in Connecticut affected by the sickening event this morning.
Got a invite to jump aboard with Big Mike this morning for a chilly day on the water. Met at Dockside early (no fog) and shot the breeze with Christian from Sea Tow while waiting for daybreak, always good to know that Sea Tow is close by.
We didn't find too much around the lake so we worked our way to the lower end of the Rigolets hitting various canals, bayous, passes etc. never really finding the fish stacked anywhere but catching some at most places. The reds and bass were still on the shorelines and the trout were fairly deep. Big Mike had never fished with the Green Hornet before today but when I heard the 'how many more of these do you have' I knew that he had been stung. Final tally:
2 reds (11 more throwbacks)
2 flounder (2 more throwbacks)
Fished solo yesterday with the game plan and results similar to last Saturday.
Launched out of Dockside yesterday a little late due to the fog headed for canals and bayous on the Northshore armed with the new Matrix Shad Green Hornet. The bite was not as good as last weekend but enough to keep me interested. The weak tide range and warm temps changed the fish pattern a bit but that's what makes it fun. The fish were definitely more shallow this week so majority were caught on a 1/4 oz jig. Tried topwater and twitchbaits but couldn't get 'em interested. All fish again caught on the Hornet...I'll say that the Green Hornet packs a big time sting.
2 Reds (another 7 throwbacks)
Stopped by Dockside earlier in the week to buy some Matrix Shad and saw that Chas is now making my #1 favorite color avocado glow (believe he named it green hornet)so I loaded up for the weekend. Headed solo to Dockside a little late yesterday due to the fog and fished bayous and canals on the northshore. Needless to say this color is safe as #1 in my book. Caught 6 different species of fish all on the same bait. 1/4 oz head early as the fish were shallow and 3/8 later in the day.
3 reds (at least 20 more throwbacks)
2 drum (released)
1 striper (lost on a failed net attempt)
Missed and lost more fish than I care to admit.
Made a afternoon trip yesterday with coworker Big Guap to the big pond. Stopped by Gus' Tackle on the way to pick up a few supplies. Never been a big fan of purple lures but decided to try the new Tiger Bait (purple/chartreuse) Matrix Shad because the colors looked so awesome. Left Dockside ~3 pm and fished till dark working various shorelines with only the Tiger Bait Matrix. The bait was incredible as we finished with 29 trout and 4 flatties, with 2 of the flatties going 5.6 and 4.2 pounds.
With the luck I've been having lately.
Anyway, I only had 3 hours to fish this morning so I headed to The Chef this morning for a short ride to the ICW. With all of the recent signs/occurences that have been coming my way maybe the lovely wife is right...maybe I do fish too much.
Sign #1: Turn on WWL to be informed of another wreck on I-10 and not only is the interstate closed but so is the Twin Spans and Hwy 11. So I head for Hwy 90. (2nd trip in a row with this happening)
Sign #2: Traffic is backed up way past Salt Bayou so not even a chance of a sunrise launch.
Sign #3: Finally get to the launch well after sunrise ready to expedite the launch but found one small problem......NO PLUG!!!!!!
Looked all through the boat and truck with no plug to be found. Looked at Hwy 90 traffic gridlock in both directions so I decided to kill some time and make a few casts around the launch.
Much to my surprise the 3rd cast got drilled...a nice bass. Two casts later became a repeat of the 3rd cast...thump, bass. Fooled around for a few hours snagging one here and there until the traffic situation improved.
Made a stop at Boat Stuf on the way home to buy a plug and chat with the crew for a few (a really good group people there) and headed back to the hacienda.
6 bass (lost 2 more)
3 transom plugs
- 1 for the transom
- 1 spare for the boat box
- 1 spare for a fellow fisherperson with my luck
Midnight mullet Matrix Shad on a 1/4 oz jighead
Alternate plan paid dividends.
Bryce and his friend Nick wanted to make a trip to the ICW, my post-op fishing therapy seems to working well so I was game for a trip.
We were running a little late so I decided to launch at The Chef instead of Dockside....big mistake. Got off of the Hwy 11 Bridge to find traffic at a standstill as I-10 was closed due to the 40 car pileup (what a tragedy). After inching along for about 30 minutes I decided to launch at Irish Bayou and just fish my way to the ICW.
After finally getting in the water at around 7:30 we started to work some of the deep water marsh off of The Chef. We only managed 1 keeper trout but found an incredible bass bite that put 22 in the box before the tide went slack. We made the move to the ICW but never could find the trout bite. There were way more boats than trout.
We fished our way back to the launch hitting marsh along the way to find more bass and a few reds and trout. The kids had a last with the bass as many were acrobats.
The final tally:
30 bass (another 7 throwbacks)
5 trout (another 15 throwbacks)
4 reds (another 4 throwbacks)
Most fish caught on the Midnight Mullet Matrix Shad with a few caught on the lemonhead. 1/4 oz plain jigheads and 3/16 flutter hooks (grassy areas)
I will be off the water for 6 weeks so I had to got out with a good trip. Bryce and I got to Dockside early and made the slightly bumpy ride across to the ICW. The wind was pretty tough and limited the areas I wanted to fish but we were able to scrape together a nice box:
50 trout (10 more throwbacks)
3 reds (3 more throw backs)
All caught on the Shrimp Creole Matrix Shad, mainly because I'm out of the midnight mullet.
Ya'll save me a few!
Got to Dockside early yesterday morning got the boat in the water quick and had some coffee with the crew. Loaded up Bryce and his padnuh and rolled out a little after daylight. Made the run to the ICW to fish the deep water ledges. I hit 3 or 4 on a twitch bait but the majority fell for the Midnight Mullet and Shrimp Creole Matrix Shad using 3/8 and 5/16 jigheads. Final tally:
61 trout (20 more throwbacks)
1 15' red(throwback)
2-man limit of bruser reds (pic)
Set out yesterday morning to check some of the deeper Rigolets water. The fog was way too thick for me so I tried a couple of places close to the lauch but couldn't find anything happening. Put the boat on the trailer and headed over to Dockside figuring that I could hit all 3 bridges even in the fog. No line so it was a quick launch and I was on my way before long.
The bite was slow and there wasn't much tidal movement but as the wind picked up so did the bite. Ended the day with 13 trout and 2 flounders with one trout going 3 lb 11oz and the kicker trout going 5lb 3oz.
All fish caught on the Midnight Mullet Matrix Shad.