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Tagging Redfish !

Yes, I believe in Tagging ! On Nov 15, 2016, tagged 8 reds in Bayou Magill, only 1 mile East of Bayou Biloxi entrance. 1 recaptured 3 weeks ago. This red grew 3-1/2″ and headed due West, across Lake Borgne, Rigolets and then thru Lake Ponchartrain, then recaaught and not re-released at Manchac, Under the power lines, where ever that may be. 59 miles quite an trip. Last week, recd a report on the recapture of 1 more red, this one must have been lazy, only traveled 9/10 mile and caught and not re-re;eased in Bayou Magill, close to Bayou Biloxi entrance. He measured 3″ longer. It would seem the tagged fish would wish to migrate to the East, but, who knows the answer ? Any Ideas ? On our last charter to Western Lakeshore of Bayou Biloxi, we fished to the West, and the land since 2016 Nov, had broken into two Islands off Bayou Biloxi entrance. When we fished in Nov 2016, Islands were there. We fished on July 6, 2017 and the Islands are no longer there. Now the MOUTH of Bayou Biloxi is 3x wider than before. Soon, the Lake will consume all the land and the Lake Shore will be there “no Mo”. The Lake will be right into Bayou Biloxi as it turns South to West Bayou Biloxi. Tagged 6 – 15″ reds on this July charter. I have fished this area since 1937 and the land loss is hard to take. Further down Magill, there is an OPENING to Lake Borgne, maybe 500ft wide, I recall when there was NO Opeening there. Even the end, where it enters into Magill Lagoon, the land we nosed our cabin cruiser into and anchored for the night, the shore line is no longer there. A small Bay to the Lake side, is now a BIG open water, no marsh between the Old Bay and Magill. Just water. Yes, the marsh land is dissapearing FASTER than we foresaw years ago. Yes, I was 12 years old then,80 years past, our company had the PLAAUEN built by Fetterly Shipyard on the New Basin Canal, across from now- Schuberts Marine. 37ft cypress planked hull, slept 6, single Gas engine, towed 2 – 16ft cypress skiffs with center. Live bait wells and skiffs powered by 5 HP Johnson Motors, carrried in the aft deck space. Yes, those were the delays, we did not travel far with the small HP engines to bring home a nice catch of reds, specks, sheepshead, you name it.. In those days, my Dad had an Awning Co, make several large water proof bags, where the fish and ice bags were used to bring the fish home. A large Fish box was on the stern of the Plauen. The Cruiser was named after our Grandfathers birthplace in Germany. So thats it for now. Oh, shrimp were, if I recall corrrectly, 2C and we carried 300 in each skiff live well. Yes, those were the days, BUT, there are GOOD days still and I really enjoy fishing this area, our next charter, with Al Calabrese, a fellow Submariner of the Cold War and me, a W W II Sub Vet, will be with Capt Mike Gallo on July 24th, a Monday. Yes, GOOD Memories. Nothing like a Calm day in the Mrsh fishing with Friends. Hope to tag some more. So, if you are not into tagging, please consider this importaant phase of Conservation. Need Tags – write – La Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program – 2000 Quail Drive – B R, La. 70808. There’s is no cost for this fine Conservation Program. So, like By HEK used to say – go out there and “Put the Antz on em”. Have many successful and Safe ventures into the Marsh and Lakes areas. < tag em ! Best regards and Good Luck. "Dutch" Prager 7-15-17

Tagging Reds

Yes, trying to help Conservation. On Nov 15 2016, fishing Bayou Biloxi I tagged 8 reds. One was just recaptured at Manchac, under the Power Lines, where ever that might be. So, the Red grew 3 inches and traveled 59 miles due West. Across Lake Borgne, thrum Rigolets, into Ponchartrain Western Shore. His or her GPS must have not been working. I would think the Red would head for the Gulf area. Also, on entering Bayou Biloxi, the mouth was approx 300 ft wide. Left was Magill and right about 5-600 yards was Biloxi and Lakeside Bayou. There was 2 Islands, to three right (Westward) one about 50 ft and next one 60 ft, Noe there are no more Islands and soon the shoreline will be to the mouth of Lakeshore bayou. Yes, Laand dissapearing very raapidly. My first weekend in Bayou Magill was in 1937, 80 years ago. There is so much land loss, even to inside Bayous. Now Bays. Unbelievable. Yes, no telling what itt will be like in another 80 years, perhaps NO marsh areas. Well, nuff said. Yall have a nice weeekend and Fathers Day. Best Regards. Dutch Prager. Old Man of the Marsh. 7–17–17. <. Tag em !

Charter with Captain Mike Gallo Friday 9-23-16

Yes, another Great Day on the Water. Watched as the Sun rose over the marsh as we headed the Blue Wave across Lake Borgne to Bayou Magill. This brought back Memories of my first visit there in 1936, long time ago. The Family Company had a 37ft cabin cruiser, towing 2 – 16ft skiffs with live bait wells in the center and 5hp Johnson outbds. W0uld leave Bayou St John in N O and travel to the La Marsh at 10kts. Yes, many a nice weekend was enjoyed in those years, aboard the “PLAUEN”. Named after our Grandfathers Birthplace in Germany. Built of cypress planking by Feterly Shipyard on the New Basin Canal, located at that time, across from now, Schuberts Marine. Powered by a single 85HP Kermath engine. Slept 6, no fans or A/C then. A small 12 V light plant, for lights at nite. Oh well, getting back to our Charter. Fished the marsh area in Magill, landed our limit of Reds. Tagged 1 red. Then down to the end of Magill. There is no land left where we anchored the PLAUEN, throwing the anchor, bow first, into the marsh. Now, no land left there, nothing but water and bays. We headed back to mouth of Magill, and went thru the WIDE open area, into the Lake. Years ago, this was all land on Lake side of Bayou, now it is an open gap, perhaps a few 100ft wide. Into False Mouth and thru Bobs Lake into Blind Bay Area for Trout. Did well there, mostly keepers. Picked up and headed for the Spots and Dots Lodge, Capt Mikes Headquarters. The weather was nice with a slight SE breeze all day. Yes another great Day for Al Calabrese, young Photographer, Richard Fischer, Old Man Dutch and our Reliable Capt Mike Gallo. Yes, what else may one ask for. I am very fortunate to still be able to enjoy Marsh Fishing with REEL Friends at age 91.9. So Please Enjoy the Outdoors, bring the “Kids” for it is never too early for them to start fishing with Mom and Dad. Sorry for this long dissertation, but I get started and do not know when to end story. So, Thanks again to Captain Mike and my fellow ex-Submariner, AL, for an excellent enjoyable Day on the Water. Not only was the day nice, for My Honey, Jane prepared the trout and it was solo very good. Bon Voyage. Keep Safe, a Tight Line and no Backlashes. God Bless, Good Health and Happiness to All. Dutch Prager