Cat and Bishop left early Friday morning and headed to camp. I had to work until 11:00 on Friday. They had the boat loaded in the water and took off to Little lake and fished the banks for reds until I arrived. They caught a bunch of throwback reds and 1 keeper bass and 1 large trout. I made it to the boat launch by 12:30 and off we went in search of trout. First stop was Oak river, we fished the cuts west of Skippy with no luck. Lots of falling tide- tons of GRASS- but no trout biting with live shrimp or plastic. Had enough and headed east. We made the long run down Oak river to the twin pipe lines and found our way down to Four horse. Floated the North West bank and picked up 3 trout that were keepers. Lots of throwbacks that were eating up the shrimp. Bishop saw some birds (large sea gulls) out of the lake so we went to investigate. Birds were feeding on something but just hopping from spot to spot- It was not shrimp and there were no trout around them. We then headed further east to Campo and fished the cuts and banks till we found the trout. As One of the pack says “it was a crazy 30 minutes” from 4:00 to 4:30. Water depth was around 5 feet and Bishop started the catching on a cork with a depth between 4 ft. and 4 ft. 8 inches. He was almost on the bottom. Cathy and I rigged up a drop shot rig and we started catching. I didn’t have time to rig slider cork rig but that would have nailed the trout. Problem arrives- we out of shrimp. Had 37 large trout and 1 large sheephead (bay snapper) in the boat. Tried several artificial baits but nothing. No bites on purple, glow, Matrix, DOA, Gulp, they just quit biting. Headed in at 4:45 and arrived back home at dark 30. Cleaned fish and prepared for the next day.
Saturday- Well the next day arrived about 3:30 am. Wind out of the north at 25 plus miles per hour. Temperature not that bad, wind-chill was awful. Canal in front of camp had white caps at sun up. Made the call. No go- I know. Started next project after breakfast and hot chocolate. It was time to replace the axle and springs on trailer due to a bent spindle. Ok, I thought this was going to be a simple job. Wrong!! I went through 5 cut off grinding disk to remove the rusted nuts and bolts off the springs. Had to get a bigger hammer and proceed to beat the “X%$#$)” out of the old bolts that were totally rusted in the spring housing. After several hours of swinging and cursing and hitting thumb (that really hurt) the old bolts were removed. The installation job was simple, Catfish backed the nuts with proper wrench and the impact gun had the reinstallation job done in 20 minutes. All that was left was re-install tires and hubs. First tire went on with new cotter pin and bearing greased. Second tire (well) not so fast. I had to make trip into town for parts. The rear seal was damaged from the bent spindle. Ok, for all those auto parts places in Chalmette LA, yall need to stock parts. I could not buy just a seal, looked at three different stores, I had to buy the entire wheel bearing assembly. Its only money!! I guess I now have a spare bearings and races. Project completed by 12:30. Wind still blowing at 25 plus miles an hour. Time for football and early cocktail hour- thumb medicine was my excuse. Neighbors (Mark and crew) came home from ducking hunting with limits of birds. At least they had a great morning. Thumb quit hurting around 9:30 that night. Yes, I think I was bullet proof by then.
Sunday- Catfish had final vote- wind still blowing at 8:00 a.m. Time to head back to Pass Christian. Loaded boat on trailer- all good. Made it back to the Pass around 12:15. I have to admit weather man was right. At 11:30 we were traveling old Hwy 90 and wind stopped. Guess I should have stayed at camp and fished Sunday evening but, that another story for another day.
We will be down Friday through next Friday. Time for the annual Delacroix vacation.
Stan (The Fish) Gill