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Awesome Fishing

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What a great start to the New Year. The fishing has been off the charts even though we had some very severe cold weather and low water. Outside in the open bays there are sheepshead to end all sheepshead. Drag pulling 5 to 7 pounders in endless numbers. Along with this is redfish and drum. We are having to toss very large Berkley Rib Shad’s to catch the red fish because the sheepshead will not give the reds a chance on shrimp. What a problem to have, catching too many fish, and great eating fish at that. This will be happening for the next 2 to 3 months so come get in on the great fishing. Stock your freezer with some awesome eating fish. If its trout you want they were hurt a little with the cold but not enough to stop them from feeding on the Berkley Rattle Shrimp in Coastal Candy and Glow colors. On all of the fish we are catching in the marsh you can see the effects of the cold on the fish but they have survived and are hungry. The reds are still stacked in the deep holes for now but with this warm up they will disperse to feed on the flats as the water and bait come back. I put a couple of pictures of the Lowrance showing the school of red fish as they would pass under the boat. If you want to get in on this fantastic fishing (catching) give me a call.

Top Water Trout

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While making a hunting trip to Sonora TX, Mr. Ted Price mentioned that he wanted some fresh trout to make Trout Almondine. So my buddy Duke Gallagher called and asked if the trout are biting this week and I said yes lets go, WOW were they ever biting. From the very first cast it was on and we never moved. After we put 50 in the box using a Havoc Grass Pig (swamp gas and watermelon colors) and with the bite getting better we started with the top water and the trout responded with blow up after blow up on top. What a sight to see. The largest was 2.75 pounds so no giants but plenty of real nice trout showing off on top. You would think that with water temperatures at 60 degrees the trout would be a little lethargic but these trout were very aggressive. It was very calm but very foggy as the picture shows. What a great day with great friends.

Windy Day no Problem

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Chic and Jim flew down from Oklahoma to enjoy a day of fishing. Well that’s almost what they got. With the front passing and the wind howling it seemed like all we would do is fish and not catch. With the trout small and only a few to be caught early we bailed and went fishing for some big fish. That is when the catching started. Cracked crab on the bottom and it was game on, with drum and reds giving the Abu Garcia Orra Inshore reel drags a test. The largest red was 28.6 pounds and the largest drum was well over what the 30 pound boga could weight. It was a cool rough day but we endured and had a great day. Be on the look out cause the new Skeeter is coming in this week. Probably will be 2 weeks before I can fish in it though. Rigging and a little Dipnotic treatment by Rob Dupont before I get it dirty.

Super Fishing in Cocodrie

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Ed and Kitty Kuhnert came down to fish on Wednesday and they had the time of their lives. Ed had seen me cleaning a mess of fish at Bait House Seafood and wanted in on the great fishing. We were fishing after a week of high winds and dirty water but gave it a go all the same. Things started off slow with only a few trout coming in, although one was a 24″ fatty that ate a 5″ Havoc Grass Pig. Next spot was no different as only a couple of trout came in, so I decided to go after the reds, drum and sheepshead until the tide changed and cleaner water came in. Armed with fresh shrimp we started putting fish in the box. Drum, reds and sheepshead were coming in real good. After 2 spots and lots of fish the water started to clean up and I decided to try a spot for trout that will have some later but I didn’t know it they would be there yet. Well they were there and hungry, with every live shrimp came a trout till we ran out of shrimp and time. We randomly used live shrimp through out the day so I don’t now how many I had left at the time but out of 50 to start with we caught 35 trout when they got started. Ed and Kitty were tired and we called it a day and a great day at that. For your day give me a call Capt Tommy Pellegrin

Fish Win

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Well it looks like I should have gone snapper fishing this morning instead of looking for big snapper with Mike Lane and Norman. We looked at the weather and opted out of the offshore run. Needless to say we didn’t find any big trout, and I missed the little bite there was on the numbers game with trout. My good friend caught 31 before I got there and the bite was over when we did get there. 5 Trout to show for our efforts and a 50MPH run across Terrebonne Bay to beat the rain. I think I was back at the dock for 10am, and Thanking God that we made it in minutes before the rain started. Good job Capt Chris Venable and Capt Austin Lacour for braving the weather and catching some great looking snapper. One day y’all might get as good as me at those snappers. LOL  –   Yeah and I need to know how and where you caught them so I can get them next time before you.

Great bite Continues

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Another great day on the water. Jimmy Gravois of Metal Shark Boats and formally Gravois Boats was on board the Skeeter for a day of catching. There was going to be not much tide so we decided to go offshore and see if we could catch some snapper and white trout before the specks would turn on. Well the white trout didn’t want to bite and neither did the bull reds. The Lowrance was lit up with fish but nothing wanted to bite with absolutely no water movement. We ran around looking for some fish but nothing would want to bite. I finally decided to get right next to the rig and give it a try thinking the snapper would hold tight with not much movement in the water and we finally got 4 snapper. Also while fishing close to the rigs I found some pompano willing to take a shrimp under a sliding cork worked about 7 or 8 feet down. What a nice surprize to add to the fish box. Now ask me what in the hell was I thinking to throw a sliding cork rig 8 feet down in 40 feet of water. I use this saying a lot – Divine Intervention. Not the fast and furious bite we wanted but we got them anyway. It took till 11 o’clock to get 4 snapper OH MY, but now its time for the specks. I was headed to the same place I have been catching but a little divine intervention told me to give another reef a try. Holy Crap, it was fish on from the very first cast. Jimmy had a fat 2.5 pounder on his first cast and a nice 2 pound fish on his second cast. I was tossing the big Rib Shad that had produced the other day but got nothing, and Jimmy was tossing the Havoc Grass Pig in California color hooking up every cast. It didn’t take long for me to change. These trout wanted the smaller 3.5″ version. We fished the California color and the Green Pumpkin/watermelon color bouncing it on the bottom. We did get hung up a lot and left lots of jig heads in the junk but it was worth it. 50 nice trout caught as fast as we could throw. Most of the trout were 14 to 18 inches with a few big ones mixed in. No real huge ones like the other place. Probably why they didn’t want the big baits. Its trout time if you can get good weather, so give me a call and lets get on these great fish. Capt. Tommy Pellegrin

If you’re not Fishing you’re Missing out

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Yesterday was a great day with my son Capt Eric Pellegrin, we took advantage of the suddenly calm weather and went looking for some snapper close to home. First off we needed fresh bait for the snapper so it was the white trout rigs to start with. Armed with double rigs with green Cocodrie Cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jig head we commenced putting trout in the boat as fast as we could get down 12 seconds. this presented another problem though, the white trout were 14 to 16 inches and we were having too much fun pulling doubles of these nice fish to leave and go snapper fishing. Then it happened like last time, the big bull reds started eating the trout and we got tired of fighting the bulls so we left for the snapper. It took a couple of stops to find red snapper in state water but when we did it was fast and quick. Cut white trout and very old spanish sardines. They were still in the freezer from my offshore days. Now after all of this it was finally time to go after some big specks, I was waiting on the right tide. It didn’t take long when we got there it was hook ups all around right away and then it slowed to a normal pace. Slow and steady bite on a very slow retrieve. We were using Berkley Power Bait Rib Shad in 4.5″ Swamp Gas color. This is a huge bait. Also working was the 5″ Havoc Grass Pig in Swamp Gas color. We fished specks for about and hour and put around 18 to 20 hammer trout in the box. It would be nice to show off a limit of these big trout but to me that would be a waste. Besides 12 to 15 inch trout are much better eating. I put a picture of the bait we are using with a matrix next to it to give you an idea of the size. If you want in on some great fish catching give me a call. Capt Tommy Pellegrin

Super Fishing

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I got a call late yesterday evening from Capt. Anthony Kyzar asking if I could run a trip, so I did. Not knowing who I would have I made the call to Brad Gavit and made the arrangements for the trip. Never knowing that I had some of the greatest customers of all time. Brad and Connie came down from Alaska to enjoy some of south Louisiana’s best stuff. I thought it only right that I show them the time of their lives fishing. They wanted to try out the bull reds and drum first so off we went to Cocodrie and out to the bay. I was headed to one of my favorite spots but divine intervention came through and I made a stop at one of the first wells I was getting to. Well it was a great stop as reds and drum bit their lines right of the bat. Only problem was the fish would pull lots of drag but not get hooked up. I don’t know if it was 4 or 5 hookups before Connie finally got a red to the boat. After that it was game on as redfish and drum were coming to the boat very quickly, only it was only Connie catching. Brad couldn’t get a bite. Then the luck changed and both were catching almost every cast. We were using sliding cork rigs with dead shrimp. We stayed steady on the fish till 11am and decided that after, red fish, drum, sheepshead, catfish, channel mullet, white trout, and a sting ray that wanted to finish the slam with a speckled trout. I took off and make it to the only place I know out in the bay that had trout at this time of year. I had Brad and Connie start of with rattle shrimp and I started tossing that same no name bait I had last week. Right away I caught a trout and then another one. I switched them to this 5″ bait and the trout started to come in slowly. In the beginning of the week I got some new Berkley Power Baits called Rib Shad in 4.5 inch, swamp gas color. All I can say is these baits are huge. I started testing one to see if the trout would hit it. Well they not only hit it they annihilated this bait. I would have never though that the trout would hit such a huge bait. We fished just long enough to catch 15 really nice trout. Using a real slow retrieve. If you are ready to get in on these nice trout give me a call. I would have had more pictures but I lost them in my computer somewhere.

Roller Coaster Fishing

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Roller-coaster fishing. Last Tuesday it was game on with lots of fish. Then on Friday my good friend Hugh Leboeuf and I went looking for some big trout and found some decent trout averaging 18 to 21 inches. We didn’t have much time to fish as a front was coming and it took us a while to get out due to the heavy fog. On the 3rd cast came the first fish and it wasn’t a fast bite but it was steady enough to be productive. We ended up with around 18 trout because after the front hit and the wind started howling from the north the bite was over. The water got dirty and it got cold. We were using a 5″ no name bait in watermelon red over pearl, swimming it very slow on a shell bottom. I say no name because it really has no name. We also added a couple of red fish and a sheepshead. All in all not a bad hour of fishing. If you are wanting to work over some nice trout give me a call and we can plan it on a good weather day. I love watching these bigger trout just come up and head shake. We did try some live shrimp from Bait House Seafood but that didn’t entice one trout. They wanted the big swim bait. So this brings us to yesterday, post front, cold, windy, muddy and all total not a great day to fish. Michael Mladenka had read the report from Tuesday and wanted in on a reds N heads fishing trip. We went to the bay and gave it a try right where I was the day before and it was a dead zone. So we made the run back to the marsh behind Dulac and it was game on with big drum and sheepshead. Of all things to catch them on was very small live shrimp, they didn’t want anything to do with the market shrimp. It makes you wonder how a fish can find one 70 count shrimp in 15 feet of water with a good strong current. Also in the middle of catching drum and sheepshead in come a speck. Boy was he lost. This all adds up to changing of the seasons. You better be flexible in your fishing techniques if you want to stay on the fish. For your day on the water catching fish give me a call.

Great Winter Fising

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Yesterday Keven Sheppard and Curtis came down again from Atlanta for another round of fish catching. Best thing I can say is these guys can catch fish. They come 3 to 5 times a year and have not missed yet. They like filling the box with any and all legal fish, so that was the mission for the day. Sheepshead were the main target with red fish and drum to follow. First stop was all catfish but with a small minor move it was game on with white trout coming in 4 to 6 at a time. It was doubles every cast and the trout were nice. Double rigged CC in green were the ticket. This lasted till the red fish moved in and started eating all of the trout that were on the line. No problem put a trout down as bait and POW a 20 pound red on the line. I took another trout and cut it in half and POW 2 reds on the line. With 57 white trout in the box we decided to go around and get on the bay side of life and try the well heads for sheepshead. We did find the heads but along with them were way too many red fish. It was about a 50/50 mix of heads and reds. One thing though we had to re rig a lot because stopping the reds right next to the pilings was difficult sometimes. A sliding cork rig with half a shrimp worked best fished about 4 feet deep. We did catch a few drum for the box also during this melee of the reds and heads. When the box filled up we called it a day and headed into Bait House Seafood to get the fish all cleaned up. You want to get in on a Reds and heads fishing trip give me a call.