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Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Today’s excursion with Ray in my boat was to re-familiarize me with the Lake Amadee run from Delacroix, and see if we could pick off a few trout.  Simple and straightforward enough route, I shouldn’t mess it up too bad.  Needed to find a route to some cleaner water if I’m ever going to catch a trout again.  We did not overly succeed on that today, could see lure almost 6 inches down in Amadee, better than Delacroix side by a little bit.  We foiled around and caught a few fish, a easy breezy day.  Threw fish back, scouting trout trip.  No signs of a trout that I can see, it’s been a lean season. What hit the boat: 2 Redfish 1 Fat Sheepshead

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After striking out the other day in more western Delacroix, I headed to eastern Delacroix and fished dang near all the 4 Horse Lake drains and outlets, north and south.  My key redfish hole was low and barely fishable, and no longer holding fish.  Water came up a little bit overall, still quite low, dirty chocolate river water anywhere/everywhere.  Delacroix is well on its way to being reclaimed as a MS river basin again.  Most places you can barely see a lure past 3-4 inches down.  Best looking water was in Lake John, and that was the best of the worse.  Highlight of the trip was the glass water ride out/in.  Fed my shrimp to the Pelicans by the slip as I had plenty left over.  Most of them were not too impressed, they wanted something bigger.  So did I. What hit the boat: -pee and dirty river water

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High pressure, low water, dirty river water, light NW wind, tide pouring out, moderate temps, seemed like something was doable out there despite the less than ideal conditions.  Did not see a piece of bait, or a fish jump/swirl, or any signs of life beneath the water.  Fished Pt. Fienne to Oak River.  Me/Lucy took the double skunkeroo.   Just the few hours I was out, the water dropped another foot or so, barely got back into the mud filled slip which was all water when I left.  Looked like 100 boat trailers in Bayou Beinvenue lot, my buddy Al says they not doing too much over there either.  Tough pickings the last few weeks.  Hope somebody catching something somewhere. What hit the boat: Pee and Water

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There was Fog in the forecast for early on today, we adjusted slightly, came a few minutes later.  Sounded good, the timing was good.  8am at slip ready to go, still thick as can be.  Lucy getting bored watching her cork fly down Terre Boeufs by the slip.  So we decide to putt putt down the bayou and hope for the fog to burn off.  Not happening.  No safe way to run to Pt Fienne, looked like one big cloud going that way.  There was a little visibility in Terre Boeufs (varied from 50-100 yards or so), so I tried to run towards 4 Horse Lake, but I was not liking the overall safety aspect.  Stopped in one of the first cuts and was going to fish there until the fog cleared a bit.  Few hours later, becoming obvious not only is fog not going to clear, its getting thicker.  Hunkered down and fished the area we had, and it turned on for a crazy 2 minutes, managed to put one nice redfish in the boat, and a few bites to boot.  Lucy did her usual, she needs to catch a fish soon, she in the deep freeze.  We turned toward home and had a nice hazy slow ride back.  Somehow we both thought it was a great little trip despite the less than ideal circumstances.  Sometimes fishing works even when it don’t. What hit the boat: 1 Redfish (1 throw back) ~Fog (just not down with running in that thick stuff, it’s only a problem after someone gets hurt)

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Merry Christmas from Don and Lucy.  Seems like a good day to eat later and go fishing, I’m just not bold enough to pull it off.  I don’t want Lucy/family to pull a intervention on me.  Hope everyone gets some great fishing equipment for Christmas.    

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Today’s trip was debut of Lucy in her new snowsuit.  She don’t like not catching fish in the cold, so now I have her not catching fish in the warmer.  Cloudy morning had me missing the pipeline, much easier shot for us semi rookies with a little sun.  20 re-oriented minutes later we back on Pt Fienne for some redfish action as most of us Delacroix fisherpersons have given up on trout.  Steady NW wind, just light enough to be fishable.    Water still on low side, not as low as I figured it would be.  It was kind of on, then it wasn’t, then it was for crazy 5 minutes, and then it shut down quick.  Lucy got a good cast in during the crazy 5 minutes and scored.  I took down the rest, it was a good haul for a lazy hazy trip. What hit the boat: 6 Redfish 1 Sheepshead 1 Bass (throwback) 1 Bushel of grass

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Yesterday, me/Lucy made a mid-morning trip.  Trying to keep her from freezing until her insulated suit comes in the mail.  Tried to hit the timing sweet spot, but was a bit off, about a hour too late, 10:30 ish.  I got 4 nice reds in the boat within 10 minutes, things was looking good.  Wind/current picked up a few notches and shut ‘er down.  I finessed one more, and then it was over, missed the major part of the bite by that much.  Once I get that suit on Lucy, I’ll be able to get her out there that hour earlier, and hopefully get that girl on some fish.  My chartering skills would put me out of business real quick. What hit the boat: 5 Red keepers (2 throwbacks) 1  chunky Sailcat (release)

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With the looming blow out this weekend, I figured today would be the last good day for a bit to get out there and maybe have something happen.  Not so much.  Greeted by approx. 15-20mph steady winds.  The highlight of the trip was a group of otters cutting up as I was pulling out of slip.  Tried 4 Horse for trout, best looking water I’ve seen there in a while, but nada.  Made the move to my favorite consistent red hole, and a double nada, dang near had whitecaps in a 1.5-2 foot pond.  Made a few moves and then resigned to take my skunking.  Best bite all day was hooking the anchor.  I’ll be back out there soon, … somewhere. What hit the boat: pee and wind

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Me/Lucy back at it today in Pt Fienne area, looking for 1/8 of the action I got there the other day.  Not quite, but close.  Tide/current was finicky today, either dead slack or ripping.  First fish of the day was a 27 inch feisty one. It appeared things were about to turn on several times, it just never happened.  I fished them tough anyway, and got a few extra bites.  Some days you just got to take what they willing to give, but I’ll be back.  Turned into a nice little trip, despite myself. What hit the boat: 2 Redfish keepers (4 throwbacks and 1 release) 2 Sheepshead 1 Bass 1 Bushel of grass 1 super crushing wake from a boat passing me from behind going about 50 mph in the twin pipeline, 4 feet to my left, you didn’t kill or harm us this time, maybe next time.

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I went back to first mate duty today as I launched with my neighbor Ray in Reggio.  We toiled up in Lake Amedee all cloudy/misty morning.  Tide was ripping again, maybe a little too much.  A handful of trout bites was all we could muster, even live shrimp was no match for the elusive silver-wonder stinginess.  Learned a new route to Amedee from Delacroix as I’m still working on a internal auto-pilot.  A few small reds closed the show, it was tough pickings most of the day.  Probably be back in Delacroix in the am, my redfish hole is calling with these SE winds. What hit the boat: 2 keeper specks 2 throw back reds 1 throw back bass