Day 2 of our trip, once again started out with a great breakfast to keep us on the water for as long as we wanted. Fisherperson where up and at them early in the AM, crew had all the skiffs loaded and waiting for us to assault the Chandeleur Island one more day.
- Fisherperson where feeling their age a little after spending all day Monday on the water, that spark seem to have dwindled a little.
- It did not take long for them to get fired up again
- Most where looking forward to winning the prize pool, and others, (which me be one) where looking forward to our next great meal that was being prepared by our personnel chef for our lunch and dinner as we fished the morning and evening away…
- All the peanut butter cookie where gone, many thanks to Lisa, (one of our fisherperson better half) who sent them along with their hubbe for all to enjoy.
- South wind 6-8 mph made for great drifts
- Wind blowing parallel down the island
- Perfect drift, perfect speed
- More sunny w/few clouds
- Water temp in the 80’s
- Temps in the 85-93’s
- Water level normal
- Clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 5 plus, as the day went along it got a little messed up maybe 3 plus not bad
- Tide not sure, don’t know the area, but me feel it was moving, looked like mid-day we may have had a slack tide not sure
- Due South II still cold on the inside, don’t know what felt best the A/C or the long hot shower each evening
- Couple of the other mother boats departed, and one more showed up, which meant we had a few less fisherperson out and about.
- Plenty of bait in the water, big fish where knocking the bait out of the water all over the place.
- Me have to say, this not be my type fishing, corks & top dogs, me more a cut, deep hole, channel edges, drop offs, current line, oyster reefs, etc. type fisherperson, areas with structure to fish. Out here remind me of the trestles, all you do is go up and down the shoreline, same as you would do the trestles, no variation in terrain, depths and it all be the same. It took us awhile to learn technique for this area, and jig head weight was less then we normally fish with 1/8 oz. vs. 1/4oz., me think a 1/16 oz. might have even been better.
- Me was sad this be our last day, me was glad we decide to do the 2 day trip and not the 3 day trip, it was just long enough to introduce us to the Chandeleur Island.
TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:
- Be safe
- Have fun
- 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.
- Continue our in filed / on site education of fishing the Chandeleur Island, accepting this challenge, and learn what the best techniques / presentations it takes to fish it.
- Continue our feast of great foods
- Learning the in / out of our new & old friends, share more fishing & hunting stories
- Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:
- WIND AT YOUR BACK: (WE had it at our back, it was our trolling motor just kept moving us along in the direction we wanted, had to go.)
- MOVING WATER: (Not sure, could not tell)
- WATER CALRITY: (Little more off today, me guess with all the small boast running around din the shallow water it might have dirtied it up a little)
- HOLDING FISH: (This criteria was our challenge, it is such a wide open place, hard to find anything schooling up. We fished the diving Pelicans, the diving Seagulls, but we never could get them schooled up. It was just one and every now and then as we drifted the grass beds. You could see the bottom, what me liked is when we hit a BALD SPOT, no grass just a sandy bottom, I felt like the fish where in the grass, and anything that went through the bald spot they would attack it. The Top Dogs did a great job to, it would stay on the surface and glide across the grass beds, me got to see a couple of the reds & trout come up and blow the lures out of the water, you could see them coming out of the grass to hit the lures,)
- PATIENTS: ( Needed and had plenty, by Tuesday evening me had worn thin on patient, we only fished maybe 1 1 /2 hours no bites, no hits, we felt it best we get back get a shower, get cleaned up and get ready for that BIG streak me been hearing about, Big T-Doc was in agreement with all decision we made.)
- SKILL: (Figures the best technique for fishing the grass beds, logged it in, it now in me memory back for future use. Me think the 1/8 oz. head would be good when fishing Delacroix, it will make the lure fall slower and have a tendency to float down instead of a quick drop)
- LUCK: (They had a steak for me & Big T-Doc)
- Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………THIS TECHNIQUE NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS AREA
- Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID ONT TRY
- Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
- Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
- Cork ………..….ALL FISH CAUGHT THIS WAY, DRIFT AND POP CROKS AS WE DRIFTED.
- Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
- Dead bait………Ran out caught 1 or 2 Silverwonders
- Live bait…………………NONE
· LURE DU JOURE:
- 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NO TRY
- 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 ……………N/A
- Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. NO TRY
- Matrix Shad purple Haze * Creole Shrimp matched up with 1/8 oz. jig head caught 98% of fish.
- Rapallo Strike Walker (top water) caught 3 nice Silverwonder & 2 nice Redworries
AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:
Up and down shoreline, shallow in the AM, deep 2-4 feet in the evening.
- Lived to fish another day
- (115) Silverwonders whole crew
- (17) Redworries whole crew
- (2) Spanish Mackerel
- Big T-Doc & Oneofthepack
- (16) Silverwodners
- (2) Redworries
- No popped lines
- (4) bushels of grass
- Living the dream fish sun up to sun down
- More great food as prepared by Due South II
- More hunting and fishing stories
- Good hot shower
- Spending the day on the water with many of the best fisherperson me know all 10 of them, and one of the best crew aboard the Due South II
- Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.
FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:
If we could count the ones that got away, we would have multiple honors for this trip, their where no shortages of stories on this subject. Me think we may have heard all 11 plus detail stories of the ones that got away. Cannot wait until next year when the stories are told again, want to see how much the fish grows in a year weight & length, and if the fight of the fish is / was still the same.
Big Mike still laying low, and throwing Big Joe under the bus, as for the scale they used in weighing their fish Monday it was deep sixed and nothing more was said. Their team caught their fair share, and contributed to the food intake board the Due South II, but it was not to be for them to achieve the honors of fisherperson of the day. However they did take best fish story of the trip.
All the other teams had their day on the water with the Silverwodners & Redworries, but this was not a team event, this was a Big Silverwodners & Big Redworrier challenge, so even to be considered for fisherperson of the day you would have had to win big fish category. With that being said, we had (2) fisherperson of the day, Big Freddy & Big Rick they had what it took to claim the honors, congratulations to them for all their effort in catching the BIG ones like no one else could.
If you can find a group, (like ours) of fisherpersons that are as compatible, congenial, true sportsmen, fun loving, kind, and share the same values as you do, call them and setup a once in a life time trip. If not, do it anyway and take your chances it worth it.
Just want to add 4-5 of our crew came from our post on rodnreel.com looking for fisherperson that wanted to make the trip, all me have to say is we got nothing but winners to help make up our crew.
Me guess the old saying holds true, “Birds of a feather flock together”, me think that the way it stated.
PONDER OF THE DAY:
Sometimes the only way you can feel good about yourself is by making other fisherpersons look bad. And I’m tired of making other fisherpersons feel good about themselves!
O & A:
Why do fisherpersons expect an environment full of randomness to be fair?
TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:
Still not sure, maybe Saturday
Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
Mike we still love ya, not sure about if Joe does!!
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