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17 Feb

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

Lucy’s Nephew Justin looking for a trip, and we looking to rebound in our boat, so we set out today with little confidence, but plenty of will.  With the fairly clear conditions (as it initially appeared), we set out for the N/S pipeline, 3/4 of the way across Little Lake some of the thickest fog I’ve encountered was moving in.  Me and a few boats around us turned around and headed back to safer waters until the thick stuff burned off.  I got a bit disoriented on the way back in (thanks to the crew we met in Alligator Pass) that helped re-orient us.  Sat at the edge of Bayou Gentilly until it burned off around 9:30 or so, and caught a nice red and a few other small fish.  My emergency fog spots work better than my regular spots.  Fished our spots in Oak River and found a few fish here and there, nothing stacked.  Tied into a Oak River monster twice only to have it pull pole straight down and run away.  Wind was a beast closing in on noon, 20+.  Mercury crap machine acting up.  The wettest roughest ride I’ve had in my boat on the way back.  Tough day that accidentally turned into a good trip.

What hit the boat:

4 Redfish (11 throwbacks)

1 Sheepshead

1 Drum

1 Sail Catfish

1 Stingray

3 Shells

16 Feb

Not so Don’s Outdoor Debacles

TEAM JO-JO:

Me was informed last night me had to vacate, (cleaning lady coming) our abode in the AM Saturday morning, me had many activities to choose from on how to spend me Saturday.

Up at 3 AM, back to bed, up at 6 am, checked our RNR to see if they had any post nothing, saw a post on La Sportsman about fisherperson catching 40 Silverwodners in Four Horse area, now me awake for sure.

Shower up, load the FORD transporter up and me off, but before me leave me text Big Capt Don, he already out fishing and has a few reds & bass in the box.

Next up me text (Just leaving house 4 Delacroix solo call me if u like a challenge”) Big Don, took all of 30 seconds for him to respond “On My Way”.

We met up at Waffle House in Chalmette, this when me find out me text interrupted a late Valentines encounter, but me first mate called a time out if you will and took off to meet me at Waffle House, now that be a fisherperson who likes fishing.

SIGNS:

  • Great trip with Big Ronnie Friday
  • Good night sleep for a change
  • Late start left the house around 7:27
  • No wildlife sightings long Hwy 11 or 90
  • Had a few boats on the Hwy and in the gas stations, Saturday guess weekend worries had to get out the house too.
  • Had breakfast at Waffle House for Big Don to show up, he was about 15 minutes behind me.
  • Passed om McDonnel & Last Stop food store, did not even stop for biscuit
  • Check point Able water level down 12-14”
  • Check Bravo tide falling in Reggio canal
  • Home of the Bay Flat Sr had a little activity, we loaded up pretty quick
  • Yamaha Dream Machine fired right up
  • Made at stop at Lionel’s for some go juice and dead shrimp.
  • Off to…..very slowly spot # 21 to start our day.

CONDITIONS:

  • Perfect
  • Wind W.S.W 3-4, then S.E. 8-10 mph, perfect wind day for us
  • Fog, Fog, Fog, lifted around 10:30 AM
  • Cloudy with a little sun light than back to cloudy
  • Mild temps, took jump suite off, but put it back oin for ride back in.
  • Water Temp 66.1 F
  • Water level down 10-12”
  • Tide end of a falling tide, water started to come in around 1 PM
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 minus, not good
  • Had 8-10 boats running around the area we fished
  • Some staked up at Oak River & North / South pipeline
  • One boat was collecting old crab traps, he had a boat load of them

 

TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:

  • Be safe
  • Have fun
  • Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine
  • This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments
  • Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders.
  • Try to have Big Don catch a fish, it has been awhile, he been out in his boat a number of times and not much happing
  • Continue to learn how to fish with bait
  • Learn the patients it takes to fish with dead bait
  • Learn hot to catch in all that dirty water
  • Practice technique to sue dead bait in various ways, & presentations
  • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (We found a couple of spots to fish with wind at our backs, but could not fish THE SPOT we wanted in some areas, wind was a little challenge)
  • MOVING WATER: (Falling than came in, perfect it be)
  • WATER CALRITY: (Still the same, this be the one criteria me cannot conquer, it be what it be)
  • HOLDING FISH: (# 25 (16)r
  • PATIENTS: (Needed some, slow action day, but both of us never put our rod down for a minute, we just love to fish the challenge of making it happen)
  • SKILL: (Decided to change it up and go to Lake John, but fog had me concern, so me asked Big Don to flip a coin, heads we go to Lake John, tails we go look for reds, reds it be. Based on Friday trip decided to think outside of the box, and try areas me have not fished for a long time, spot # 25 be one of them.)
  • LUCK: (Making it through the fog safely)
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY
  • Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY
  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY
  • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
  • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
  • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
  • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
  • Dead bait………SHRIMP OM JIG HEAD. ON JIG HEAD WITH SHRIMP & LURE, CAROLINA RIG TOO.
  • Live bait…………………NONE

·      LURE DU JOURE:

  • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHING!!!!!!!
  • 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING!!!!!!!!
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………DID NOT TRY
  • Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY

AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

Spot # 2A, 21, 60A (5)R, MOVED ALL AROUDN  60A, 22, 23, 24, 25 (16)R, 21 (3)R, 2A, stopped fishing at 3:350 PM turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.

OUR REWARDS:

  • Lived to fish another day
  • (0) Silverwonders
  • (24) Redworries, 20 Ratworriers
  • (1) Sheepsheads
  • (1) Fresh water cat
  • (3) Crabs
  • (2) Oyster Shells
  • (2) Bottoms
  • (2) popped lines
  • (3) bushels of grass
  • Fishing, fishing, fishing
  • Big T-Doc and his crew (Delacroix)
    • (2) NMR Silverwonders (this be a very good sign)
    • (60) Redworries
    • (1) Drum
    • (1) Sheepsheads
  • Big Capt Don and his crew (off ICW):
    • (9) Redworries
    • (20) Bass
  • Spending the day on the water with Big Don, he be the man to give it up for a fishing trip.
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

Big Pablo, he caught 2 and missed an 18” NMR Silverwonder, that be the best news me hear in long time, a Silverwodners caught in one of our spot numbers.

SUGGESTIONS:

For the last few trips the combination for the Redworries has been areas with a good oyster bottom and in water 3- 3 ½ feet, we fishing bottom no corks, tight line.

PONDER OF THE DAY:

Being catch less is merely anger without enthusiasm.

Q&A:

Why is it called tourist season if we can’t catch them?

TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

May be Lake P in the AM

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

15 Feb

Delacroix NOT so Red Event

TEAM JO-JO:

Once again opportunity presented itself, fresh with Wednesday trip in me memory banks, me had just the right first mate for Friday, (me posted me might need one, got 2-3 calls to fill the billet) but Big Ronnie was up first) and me know Big Ronnie, he has the skills, luck, and perseverance (Perseverance, secret of all Trump) make it happen. So, so it be, Big Ron and Oneofthepack running around all Disney World known as Delacroix Island in search of (1) ONE Silverwonder, and as many Redworries we can / could catch.

SIGNS:

  • Had a great dinner , (with our Familyofthepack) Thursday night at Sal & Judy’s, Loveoftheapck and Oneofthepack celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary & our 53rd year of being a couple, seems like it was only 53 years ago.
  • Tough time sleeping, alarm set for 4 AM, toss & turn up at 3 AM, potty break, laid back down and went into a very deep sleep, next thing it 4:30 AM Loveoftheapck yelling at me get up your alarm has been going off for 30 minutes, did you not hear it, me did not even hear her wake me up, not for shoving me, me still would be asleep. This not be a good sign
  • Now late me hurry up and load up the FORD transporter for our 5:30 AM meet up at Waffle House in Chalmette, go almost to I-10 entrance and me realized me forgot the dead shrimp, (even though me left a note for me on the table) now have to turn around, (me never like having to turn around, BAD LUCK) and go back and get bait, this very, very not a good sign.
  • No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90, another not good sign
  • Saw one boat on Hwy, and one in gas station, not good sign
  • Passed on McDonnel, Last Stop food store, and big A_ _ egg, sausage, biscuit, not a good sign this be either.
  • I’m late, I’m late, I’m late for a very important date with Mr. Red & his family was me cry for the morning.
  • Check point Able, water level down 8-10”
  • Check pint Bravo, not much water moving in Reggio canal, not good.
  • No traffic on road to Delacroix, not good sign
  • Make it to the home of the Bay Flat Sr, give Big Ronnie sort safety briefing
  • As a well-oiled team we had the Bay Flat Sr loaded up very quickly, we late
  • Yamaha Dream Machine took 2 turns of the key to fire up, not a good sign.
  • Off to spot # 21 to start our day, passed on Lionel’s Big Ron had all we needed on board the Bay Flat Sr.

CONDITIONS:

  • Perfect
  • S.E. wind 18-22 MPH, she be blowing real good and steady, hard to find a good spot to fish
  • Choppy water with some white caps
  • Cloudy heavy overcast day
  • Cool temps, in the wind it was cold temps, but me jumpsuit stayed on all day, just like me like it
  • Water temp 58.2 F
  • Water level down 8-10”
  • Tide fell all day, don’t know if it was a true tide or the wind that had it moving, it was hard to keep our jig heads on the bottom, and from moving so fast along the bottom.
  • Tide & wind going in opposite directions, not good makes for dirty water
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 minus, not good
  • Saw to boats out fishing
  • Saw 2 boats collecting old crab traps
  • Today’s conditions was the opposite of Wednesday
    • S.E wind vs. north, overcast vs. sunny & clear, tide fell all day vs, tail end of a falling tide with a quick turnaround coming in, muddy looking water vs, dark water clear 2-3” down, tide & wind opposite direction vs. going the same way, and even more important and more to the point fish not biting vs. them on a feeding frenzy.

 

TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:

  • Be safe
  • Have fun
  • Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine
  • This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments
  • Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders.
  • Confirm Silverwonders still MIA
  • See if the Redworries still in their honey holes
  • Get Big Ronnie out of the house, back on the water, and spend some quality time reminiscing about old times, and to see him back in action with the fishes.
  • Learn how to fish with bait & be patient, definitely not like fishing with lures, action, action it be.
  • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Fishing with bait, wind not to much of a factory, but all the places we fished Wednesday was good for a north sine, but spots not so good for a south wind, we fished the same spots, but had to fish opposite shorelines so wind would be at our back, we be not in THE correct SPOT!!!!)
  • MOVING WATER: (Falling when we got there, falling when we left, wind picked up current picked up, had plenty moving water today, this criteria not a problem.)
  • WATER CALRITY: (This be our challenge, water not looking good at all, not just sandy, but mud looking, like something was churning it up.)
  • HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 21 & 60A had 6 anyway)
  • PATIENTS: (Needed a lot, me patients was thin, along with me temper, when things not going right, (we had had plenty, staring with bait go back, tangled line, boat positon hard to hold set-up even with 2 anchors, grass, grass, on ever cast, me think Wednesday was the best of the best and today was the worst of the worst, but Wednesday would have been a hard act to follow anytime.)
  • SKILL: (Me could not make it happen, had all the skill on board, all combine 141 years of it)
  • LUCK: (
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY
  • Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY
  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY
  • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
  • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
  • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
  • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
  • Dead bait………ALL 100% FSIH CAUGHT WITH DEAD BAIT, JIG HEAD WITH SHRIMP, JIG HEAD WIHT BETTEL & SHRIMP, AND CAROLINA RIG.
  • Live bait…………………NONE

·      LURE DU JOURE:

  • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHING!!!!!!!
  • 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING!!!!!!!!
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………DID NOT TRY
  • Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY

AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

Spot # 20, 21 1R, 62A 1R, 60, 21 2R, 62A (2)R, stopped fishing at noon called it a day, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a bumpy ride back to the slip.

OUR REWARDS:

  • Lived to fish another day
  • (0) Silverwonders
  • (6) Redworries, (2) Ratworriers
  • (2) Big A _ _ oyster clusters
  • (2) Bottoms 2 popped lines
  • (3) Bushels of grass
  • (4) Tangled lines
  • Enjoyed Big Mel’s (Big Ron best half) sandwiches, snacks, & drinks. Big Mel still has the knack for proving the fixings of a great trip.
  • LW&F buzzed by us in Oak River, their boats must have been on the north side of 45 mph heading east, did not stop and check us, me was surprised as we were the only ones out and boat in that area.
  • Finally got to talk to a fisherperson who caught Silverwodners in Little Lake last week, on lures fishing with a cork, creole shrimp lure, mention the H&H shad rig small clear minnows did the best, so their still may be some hope for a few Silverwodners this winter in our future.
  • Pelicans once again put a show on for us, they be feeding , but fishes not
  • Spending the morning on the water with me longtime friend & fishing partner, who be the best fisherperson me know Big Ronnie.
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

Big Ronnie had 3, Oneofthepack had 3, tie it be, not bad for Big Ronnie, he be off the water for a month or so, he just feel right back to his knowledge & skill of catching.

SUGGESTIONS:

One day always be different from another, which be why “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW”

PONDER OF THE DAY:

Me can totally keep secrets spots, it’s the people me tell them to that can’t.

Q & A:

If you didn’t get caught, did you really do it?

TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

Off in the AM, have to vacate abode till evening time, not sure where me going but me be going.

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

15 Feb

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

With no better offers and confidence level of fishing Delacroix between 0 and -1, what could go wrong?  Absolutely nothing.  With the wind picking up thru the day and Pack out fishing the same 7 spots we would fish before us, we headed to Lake John/4 Horse.  Water down a bit, too low to fish our red hole, but we tried it anyway out of desperation, lucky to not get stuck.  The one bite I did get caught me off guard as I forgot what that felt like, and that was it for the day.  With nothing to keep us going we were back to the house at noon for the second trip in a row.    DOD is on a lean run, hope something gives, anything.  Geesh.

 

15 Feb

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

REDS STILL BITING IN LAFITTE…

I had the pleasure of guiding Chris Reed and his dad on a recent trip. The guys are from the Jackson, Tn area and were wanting to try some fishing for redfish. They actually fished for 2 days and had a good trip boating a limit of reds and a limit of drum on day 1 and a limit of reds and several drum on day 2. Fresh shrimp under popping corks was the ticket for the hard fighters.

Many thanks again to Chris and his dad for 2 great days on the water spent with good people and for supporting our service. We look forward to their return!

WE HAVE TONS OF OPENINGS RIGHT NOW AND ARE HAPPY TO TAKE CARE OF ANY OF YOUR GUIDING AND LODGING NEEDS. GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS!

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS!

WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY.

WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!!

GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING,

CAPT MIKE HELMER

 

 

14 Feb

TomL – Fishing Report – 14 Feb 2019

See report.

13 Feb

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

NICE DAY ON THE WATER

Today I had the pleasure of guiding Mr Larry Federico and his son Skip. The guys were referred to us by our good friend and customer Judge Jacob Karno. The tide was low as we departed from Nick’s Marina so we knew the reds would be out of the shallow ponds and in a little deeper water. We found them on the wind blown shoreline of a lake east of Lafitte in the Myrtle Grove area near the entrance to a series of duck ponds. Kind of a typical situation for a low tide scenario. The guys put a nice limit of reds in the boat using fresh shrimp under popping corks. All on board caught fish and had a large time.

Thanks again to Mr Larry and Skip for booking with us and for an enjoyable day on the water. We look forward to their return!

THE WEATHER IS  NICE FOR FEBRUARY THIS YEAR AND THE FISHING REMAINS STEADY. THE WATERS AREN’T CROWDED AND WE HAVE LOTS OF OPENINGS SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND PASS A GOOD TIME!

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS!

WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY.

WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!!

GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING,

CAPT MIKE HELMER

 

 

13 Feb

Delacroix Red event

TEAM JO-JO:

Nothing plan, just waiting for the opportunity to prevail itself, and had to confirm no meetings Wednesday, when 8:30 PM rolled last night took a chance me clear for a trip, texted Big PJ 5 AM.

Went to bed around 9:10 PM still no response from Big PJ, not sure what to do, so set the alarm for 4:30 AM, but woke up at 3 AM, check me phone, Big PJ text he will be ready and waiting in the AM, now me know we have a go.

SIGNS:

  • Monday made a lunch date with Big Ron, (owed him one) called Big Andrew he in, we meet up at Southside for noon, Big Steve also joined us for nice relaxing lunch, of course fishing was the topic of discussion. Me was glad me is from Missouri, some of the tales told, me think, me needed them to show me!
  • Tuesday met up with brother # 5 and Big Peggy his better half, they in town for a short visit, pick up king cakes, and ice chest of shrimp to bring back with them to Tennessee. Day was kind of a wasted fishing trip, could have went in the evening, but did not have the heart to go.
  • Up early 3AM for a 5 AM meet up with Big PJ
  • Loaded up the FORD transporter and got ready for that real long 1 minute ride to Big PJ abode
  • No wildlife sightings along Hay 11 or 90.
  • Only thing wild we saw was the cars / trucks on Hwy 11 passing us up, me doing 60 and they still passing me up, did 60 to see if they would keep passing me up, found out quick me not a leader.
  • No boats on Hwy, gas stations, launches, none, this be not a good sign
  • Passed on Waffle House, McDonnel, and Last Stop food store, but had to stop and get one of those big a _ _ biscuit, egg, & sausage biscuits.
  • Check pint Abel, water level in canal at junction 12-14” down
  • Check point Bravo not much tide in Reggio canal
  • Once again Delacroix & Delacroix Hwy looked deserted, only had one truck pass me up
  • Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she high in the slings, looking down at me with a smile, she be ready.
  • Quick transfer of gear truck to boat
  • Turn the key, Yamaha Dream Machine fired up, but did so very quietly, had to check P hole to see if she running.
  • Off to Lionel’s for some dead shrimp, 2#’s of fresh dead shrimp is all we need, Big PJ had 2 pounds from 1990 that he brought, we did catch fish with fresh and the 1990 shrimp.
  • Out we got to start our day at spot # 21, not good for a north wind, we would have to fish a cross wind, but we with bait and not lures wind little impact on us.

CONDITIONS:

  • Perfect
  • N.E wind 18-20 mph, steady she blew all day
  • Sunny & clear
  • Cool temps, kept me jumpsuit on all day
  • Water level down 12-14”
  • Water temp 53.1 F
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 plus, water dark just like me like it, but you lost the lure down 1-2” below surface, especially the H&H purple beetle.
  • Tail end of a falling tide, tide came I quickly, y the time (12:42) we stopped it was roaring in with a real good current & pace.
  • Did not see one pleasure boat, only saw (1) commercial boat, days like this me really appreciate the fact that me have SeaTwo in me phone, one call and that’s all.

 

TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:

  • Be safe
  • Have fun
  • Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine
  • This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments
  • Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders.
  • Try to find the (STILL) elusive Silverwonders
  • Put some fish in Big PJ freezer
  • Try some spot numbers that ware good for a north wind, me know they hold Silverwodners, wanted to find out if they hold Redworries too. It seems all me Silverwonder hot spots, are now Redworries hot spots.
  • Keep trying to re-educate meself on fishing with bait, both live & dead
  • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (First stop was a cross wind had a 1-2 foot bow in line, fishing with bait not lures, so wind criteria not that important when with bait & not lures. Second spot was / is a dream spot for a north wind, perfect it was / it be)
  • MOVING WATER: (Perfect, tail end of a falling tide, very little slack tide, star of a rising tide, don’t get any better than that, this criteria not a concern for today.)
  • WATER CALRITY: (As usual, as it has been for many months, this was our challenge for the day. The water had that black look to it, which me love, and is clear on the surface 2-3” down, but you lose sight of the lure quickly. But me are very much encouraged with the darkness of the water, Silverwodners will show up late March / early April.)
  • HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 21 & 60A only 2 spots we fished. Did make a short stop at 2A to pick up 4 more Redworries so that we would have (40) for the day.)
  • PATIENTS: (None needed, me decided to make one Oak River Troll pass from spot #20 to Spot # 22, during that pass (did not take long) picked up a Ratworrier, this be a very good sign, action all day, left them biting at spot # 2A.)
  • SKILL: (Experience / knowledge of past trips and the areas we fishing)
  • LUCK: (Caught the best tide we could have ever caught, did it without even knowing what it was going to be)
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL (WITH DEAD SHRMP) FSIH CUAGHT THIS WAY
  • Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY
  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(1) r
  • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
  • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
  • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
  • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
  • Dead bait………99% CAUGHT WITH DEAD BAIT
  • Live bait…………………NONE

·      LURE DU JOURE:

  • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….(1) R
  • 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………(1)R
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………DID NOT TRY
  • Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY

AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

Spot # 21 (22) R, 60A (14) R, 2A (4) R, stopped fishing at 12:38 PM turned the Bat Flat Sr north for a slowly and bumpy ride back to the slip

OUR REWARDS:

  • Lived to fish another day
  • (0) Silverwonders
  • (40) Redworries
  • (1) BIG A _ _ catfish
  • (1) Popped line Big Red
  • (1) Hook came untied, lost BIG Red
  • (4) Bottoms, 4 popped lines
  • No food, drink, snacks, water all we did was fish, fish, fish
  • Pelicans put on another beautiful aerial show, they were all over Skippy Bay, and the bay east of N/S pipeline, must have been 25-30 of them
  • Big White Pelicans where on the move too, Big Nicky told me they don’t dive, they work as a team. They circle the bait and keep moving in closer, closer closer to all the bait is corralled in front of them. We saw one big circle of them in Skippy Bay on the north / west side of N/S pipeline.
  • Spending the day on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, that be Big PJ, we both be learning and teaching each other the skills of fishing & catching.
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

As noted me caught the first fish, the biggest fish, many of the Ratworriers, and managed to catch me box worthy fish too, but this be not enough for the fisherperson of the day honors today.

Big PJ caught the second fish of the day, second biggest fish of the day, more Ratworriers, we even upon the box worth Redworries, but his Big A_ _ catfish came into play at the last minute. Me have to concede Big PJ fisherperson of the day, today that is h=there is all ways the rest of his life for me to & he to challenge for the honors.

SUGGESTIONS:

We had a situation / experience today, (of which me had many times fishing Silverwodners) first spot produce some BIG Redworries, many Ratworriers, some box worthy Redworries, and some close to box worthy Redworries, in our quest to catch our limit, the close to ones where kept, (guess we had low expectations for the day) we now found ourselves of needing 1 or 2 more to fulfil our quest for the day.

We make a move, and now we in nothing but very, very, very box worthy Redworries, but after 2 we had to catch & release all others, rule on the Bay Flat Sr “No Culling of fish” not very popular with crew sometimes, and be it noted it is a law.

So me guess me moral of the story is sometimes a “Fish in the box, is not worth 2 in the water” or something like that.

PONDER OF THE DAY:

Time means a lot to me because, you see, me, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love fishing, don’t waste time, for time is what fishing is made up of.

Q&A:

What is the difference between fishing and existing?

TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

Maybe Friday trip, may need an experience first mate to operate voice activate trim tab & power pole!!

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

11 Feb

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11 Feb

GOOD HUNTING SEASON!

Another Hunting season has come and gone.

Finished with 3 Bucks, 3 Does & 3 Hogs

Time to get back on the water!