I was fortunate enough to get on the water again this Saturday, and it was a repeat of last weekend. The fish are scattered everywhere right now, so look for some birds and you'll find what you're looking for underwater. Not all of the bird fish are small, but you'll certainly filter through a number of small ones to make a respectable box of fish. All fish caught on single and double-rigged green hornet and a variety of glow plastics. The schools of fish are big enough to share with fellow anglers, so be kind and welcome others to hang around the outside edge of these schools. The more bait in the water the longer the fish will hang around to get hooked. Just be curteous as you troll to and from the schools so the fish don't get spooked. Even if the birds leave, the fish are there.
The little ones were running around the house all morning begging to go fishing. I wasn't sure if we should hook up with all the dark clouds around, but it's not often I get the chance to go so I hooked up. We got to the dock around 2 and waited for the showers to pass, then we headed to the lake. Took a little while to find them, but when we did, it was complete craziness with 2 adults and 3 kids all reeling in fish on swimbaits and green hornet matrix shad. After about an hour of catching, the kids were ready to head in due to the intense heat after the rain showers. Great time with the family. Glad they convinced me to get out and hook a few.
Aboard the Frontier on Sunday was Michael Gallup and his father-in-law from Vidalia, Mr. Ricky Knapp. We left the dock at 5am sharp in search of speckled trout and the possibility to experience the running of the bull reds offshore. We at least accomplished one of our two goals as we skirted around a single dark cloud and a water spout overhead Coon Point. Only 3 keeper trout caught on avocado bayou chubs hit the ice near the rock jetties. It was the bull reds that kept us entertained during the nonexistent trout bite. We boated and released a few bulls and then headed to the Pickets and Mardi Gras only to get the same lack of trout bite. Headed way north around 9:30 into the deep marsh to sight fish for some better tasting redfish, but only found stained water. Two lonely redfish fell victim to an LSU bayou chub with a spinner and a blue tsunami swim bait, but both were lost at the boat. We had a blast reeling in the bulls earlier in the day, and that thankfully saved our very hot day with excitement. Finished the day with 3 trout, 1 red, and 2 Spanish Mackerel. If you haven't seen the bulls during the month of August/September, get out there and check it out; it's an amazing sight.
We hit Dularge early Saturday morning to find what the Captains have been raving about. My wife Kristi had a fish in the boat before I could even get the trolling motor down. Also on board with us was Michael from Vidalia, LA. He has never seen a trout smashing 'DU style' but caught flashes of it today. Everywhere we stopped, from the rocks at Coon Point to the Pickets, we caught fish on double rigged glow/chartreuse and avocado/chartreuse Bayou Chub and H&H lures. We brought live bait as a back-up plan, but we threw them out at the end of the day because the trout only wanted plastics. We caught close to 100 fish with many being just under 12, but boxed 42 keepers. Another 10 or so fish got away at the boat or hit the deck and found a way back in the water. Good day of catching with excitement from the bow to the stern as we all had moments of fish every cast.
Got the boat ready yesterday to fish Team Hero today, then headed to Voodoo Fest to listen to some music. Later, got a call from buddy Travis who said enough boats were going to be out there today to bring out the Veterans so I could leave mine at home. I thought about it for a minute, then decided to pull the Frontier down to the DU anyway. With that move, I was able to take my Florida pal Rusty and show him how to put the smackdown on some trout. We hit the Lake first thing this morning and it was fish on from the first cast. We boxed 11 keepers then made a quick move. The next spot we found ourselves anchored next to Travis. Rusty and I enjoyed watching Travis' fishing partner, Butch, lay into trout all morning. We finished the day at about noon with 22 speckled trout and 8 white trout. Fish caught under corks with glow DOA.
Don't think shrimp boats are supposed to run this deep, but this one sure does. Thought for a second we'd be seeing the coast guard called out because the vessel was sinking. Never saw it go under though.
My wife needed a day away from our triplets, and I needed a fishing trip, so it happened. We made our way down to DU with high hopes in filling the box. Well, that didn't happen!! It was a beautiful day on the water though. We fished many locations to only reel in 1 red and 2 speckled trout. Last 2 trips I've made have not been too productive, but they have been time away with my wife doing something I love to do...at the same time she gets a break from feeding babies. My buddy who fished yesterday caught 18 white trout and 2 specks. Fish were caught on tsunami swim baits.
Made a late day decision Saturday to fish today because wind forecast was perfect to get to the Gulf. Weatherman was right this morning as calm seas greeted us at the Pass at 5:30am. Fished the rocks and the beach to find only small trout falling victim to the artificial baits. We put only 5 trout in the box. Only fish I saw being caught today were preferring the live stuff. Ran inside about 9am to catch 2 reds. Very hot day on the water today....hot temperature that is. My 10 year old nephew was a trooper, but the heat and few fish took a toll on him around 11 and he wanted to head to the dock. A fun day with my nephew, but wish I could have put him on some more fish.
Well it wasn't great, but we managed to bring some fish home so my buddy Adam from New Orleans could grill some for his Mom on Mother's Day. We were in search of the mighty, not seen very often lately, speckled trout (except for when we look at Capt. Bill's and Capt. Marty's fishing reports on LA Sportsman). We were greeted with rough winds, clean water, and no bite at our first stop. It didn't take long before I moved to another location for Adam to catch the one and only trout of the day on a tsunami swim bait. Decided to head in and search for some reds for the grill, and that is exactly what we found. I caught 5 reds in no time at all. Sun was generous with it's rays today, and that finally took a toll on us at about 12:30. Headed in with enough fish for Adam to bring home to his Mom.
Thank you Travis for donating to the cause by giving us your only 2 trout you caught today.
Found a window of opportunity to get out on the water yesterday. Joining me was my friend Rusty from Florida. We left the dock at 5:35 and headed to the coast. We fished the coast west for 0 fish. Water was extremely dirty. Made our way up inland and fished a couple of ponds, reefs, and canals, but again no fish. Then we hit a bank in Sister Lake where we found a few reds stacked up. Made another stop in Mud Lake to fish a couple of cuts. That's where I grabbed the bull by the horns. Fished a few more locations on the way in with no trout bite. Not the day I planned, but any day we avoid being skunked is a good day.
It was ice cold early this morning, but the trout didnt seem to mind because they were pulling drag at 6:15. The first stop we fished had boats trolling in like a parade.
Travis and Billy had a hard time getting their hands to cooperate early before the sun came up, but as soon as they started slinging fish in the boat it didnt take long to warm up. We had a great time today putting on a show for about 2 hours straight. We managed to box 45 trout and 1 red before calling it quits earlier than usual so I could take mom out to dinner. All fish caught on the bottom extremely slow.
With many departing early for black friday sales, we were off early in search of easy limits of trout! It only took 2 stops to put a limit of 75 trout in the box!! My nephew Braxton and pal Andrew joined me today for the catch. No birds flying today, but the honey-hole had the monster trout stacked thick. We boxed 70 trout in a couple of hours while the tide was falling, but then everything stopped. We didn't get our last 5 trout until 2 hours later when the tide turned. Great time today as we loaded the box!
I just knew the weather was going to be perfect yesterday, so I decided to invite my 9 year old nephew Braxton fishing for his first time out. I was a bit skeptical that he would come when I told him we would be leaving my house at 5 am, but he was dropped off all bundled up and excited to be going fishing. Two other friends also joined me to experience some trout action today. We made our first stop to find the birds diving all over. We caught 14 keepers and plenty of pecker trout at this location. So we decided to move and try some reefs. We were picking up a few more keeper fish then a buddy, tmiller20, called to tell me he had found a hot spot. He and his father-in-law had their limit and were headed to search for some reds. I eased on to his location and we started slinging the specs in the boat. My nephew had a blast reeling in the trout. I think he will be a great fisherman. He is ready to go back again. We ended the day with 42 trout at 12:30. Although we didnt catch our 100 trout limit, we had a great time watching the lil man catch his first fish.
We headed south on Friday afternoon to the Reel Inn for a weekend of fishing. Let me just get this out of the way before we head to the fishing news. The Reel Inn is a first class setup. Eleven guys and 4 boats made up this bachelor's party in Dularge for a good friend. We set off Saturday morning in search of some trout in numbers. Unfortunately with the wind up, not all of the boats in the fleet could brave the waves. The two that could found a few fish. For 30 minutes straight my crew was slinging in trout every cast then the bite quit and we were only at 32 trout. We threw in the towel at about 1:00 in search of some AC. Total trout for Saturday between all the boats was 40. A few guys fished for reds Saturday evening, but only 1 was found by the bachelor himself. Two boats left Saturday, so our plan for Sunday was to try for the trout again. At 5:00 we awoke to stiff winds out of the SW at 10.9 mph. We had to make a tough decision, but it was not to fish this morning. Then after 1 hour, we changed our mind when the wind died down to almost nothing. We were off to the races again in search of hungry trout; however, the water was boiling red. Redfish by the hundreds were in a feeding frenzy. If you havent seen this before I will tell you it was an amazing site. We hooked 3 right away, but they were stronger than our tackle. We reloaded and found them again. My buddy Max and I hooked 2 at the same time. The fight was a blast. We called it a day after we landed a 23 and 19 lb red to top off the 10 trout we had. Our other boat finished with 12 trout. Overall, great fun with the guys, but rough conditions to fish.
I thought long and hard about going today, and boy am I sure glad I did. My pal Rusty from Florida joined me and he found out why Louisiana is a Sportsman's Paradise. We were greeted with slick calm water and no early morning thunderstorms in sight. Although the tide conditions weren't the best, we got payback from our last trip where only 15 trout hit the box. Rusty's goal was 16, but I had more greedy expectations. Our first bait hit the water at 5:27 and it didn't take long for the hungry trout to go on a feeding frenzy. We must have gone through 30 chubs as the trout couldn't get enough of what we had to offer for breakfast. At 10:20 #50 finished the day. We fished really hard today and the effort paid off. This was Rusty's first time catching a limit so he was stoked. I'm looking forward to my next trip already.
There was some good that came along with the bad today. Rusty, pal from Florida, joined me today on a mission to search for some trout even though the tide was against us from the start. However, I didn't know the weather was also going to be an obstacle. We started out at 5am from Jugs and hit the open water to only find a dark cloud greeting us. We decided to wait the storm out and then make the run to our hole. While waiting, we noticed a shrimp boat at the end of a rainbow. Could this be the sign that today was going to be "money"? Well, it wasn't much of a sign as we found out the hard way. Today's trip only produced 15 trout for us. I guess that is some good to go along with the bad conditions we faced. Looking forward to next time to continue the trend of limits.
Well the day started out slow as we spent an hour at our first location to only have 1 trout in the box. There were a few pecker white trout being caught, but that's not what we went to Dularge for. We made the move to find what we were looking for. In a matter of time, we had 42 fish on the clicker. The last 8 were the toughest to catch. Thanks to Travis we were able to find our 50 to finish off the day at 10:45. Fish were caught on a variety of plastics. We had insurance with the live stuff, but the trout wanted plastics today. This is the second time I fish with Travis and we went home with limits again.
Andrew and David joined me today on the Frontier for some furious trout action. We started out early with surprisingly few boats ahead of us. It didn't take long after our first stop before David was slinging trout in with his topwater magic. Andrew and I remained confident in the LSU and avacado and in due time we also had trout hitting the ice. We called it quits after 8 hours of fishing and 65 trout in the box. The guys were a pleasure to fish with, as both are hardcore fishermen.
Today there was a 50% chance of rain and strong thunderstorms. BUT, that didn't matter because there was a 100% chance that I was going fishing today. After hearing reports from a new fishing pal, I decided early in the week that I'd be on the water today. Joining me was Mike and Max. We started early and found the trout ready to cooperate. We ened the day with a box of 48 yellow-mouths. Had a great time fishing with friends who don't get to fish as often as they would like to.
I'm new to this site, but I have found a wealth of information from many posters here so I've decided to post my own question for some feedback. When I was done fishing the north bank of Lake Merchant Friday I idled east through some floating markers that read "CAUTION Submerged Pipeline". Little did I know that the submerged pipes weren't very submerged. They were just deep enough to not touch my new hull, BUT were shallow enough to take off about 2" of the skeg on my 115 Mercury Optimax. Good thing I wasn't going through there fast. Combine that with low water and windy conditions Friday my day was ruined early.
My question to all is have any of you used a Skeg Protector or Skeg Guard? I don't like the idea of drilling holes in my motor. But I'm also unsure if I should have a piece welded because of the heat being applied to the lower unit. I just had my gear lube and impeller changed recently so I'd hate to have my lower unit removed to have a piece of a skeg welded. Any experiences and/or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!