First boat on the birds this morning, got 4 fish in before it started getting crowded (although it was crowded, noone cast any comments that I could tell). Caught 9 total thanks to the birds, 4 over 2 pounds with one 5-15 pounder (check this coming Sunday's American Press).
Had a first today. While bouncing my plastic on the bottom, felt a light bite and set the hook. Did not appear to be anything there so I let the bait set for a moment while taking a sip of water. Next thing I know, I get my rod slammed and peeling drag. First thought was a good redfish. I fought the fish all the way to the boat and get a good look at a solid 7 pound or better trout. As I started fumbling for the net, she says fairwell and spits the hook. What I was left with was my leadhead, plastic bait, and a croaker. Only thing I could figure was the croaker hit the plastic and was hooked, then this sow tried to eat the croaker. Too bad I did not have enough hook to really hang the trout too. Would have been a good mount with the croaker sucked up in her mouth.
I have a lot of respect for other fisherman, but found myself very challenged this morning in Turners Bay. I, my son, and his friend arrived just after sun up to find the birds working in Turners Bay. As we approached a group of birds, another boat came in to fish. No big deal, fished birds with many boats around without any incident. As I hooked my first trout of the morning, the guys in the other boat (using their trolling motor) almost ran across my line while fighting the fish in. When I commented Come on buddy he replied you have a trolling motor, use it. With that being said, we let them do their thing and still managed to bring in a few more trout and started looking for more birds without boats on them.
It did not take long to spot more birds with no boat around. I used my trolling motor to quietly move into position to fish them and yet again, another boat moves in on us. This time it was a guide (Boat registered in Texas) with 3 sports, and the guide had the nerve to tell me Dont crowd me, I am trying to make a living". Now keep in mind we had already boated a few trout before this guide pulls up, yet he has the nerve to accuse me of crowding him. Good fishing etiquette is to allow twice the casting distance between boats. I could have easily placed my leadhead into his boat when he moved in on us.
This is the first post I have ever placed in here. Guess I will start bringing my camera along to take pictures of these "fishermen". In the future I plan to post the pics of these offenders and post them on here with what they did. You guys think we could start a new region called "Calcasieu Lake Wall Of Shame"?
On a positive note, yesterday I was by myself and limited out on trout by 8:20am, of which 4 were 3# or better. Today, even with the rude guys trying to rule the lake, the 3 of us caught 30 trout and one flounder.