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Chandelier Trip Delacroix meet & Greet

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    By Oneofthepack on September 16, 2018


    This weekend was our Chandelier Trip crew meet & greet weekend down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, and Big Earl was our host at his real nice camp.

    We had (3) boats out and about. Capt Earl (in Big Rick’s (Big Rick stayed in camp little under the weather) boat) and his crew Big Mike, and Big Joe. Capt T-Doc and his crew Big Pablo & Big Adrian. Oneofthepack and crew Big Ronnie, and Big Tom, for a total of 9 fisherperson out and about and 1 in sick bay.

    Friday, Big Ear, Big Rick and Oneofthepack spent the night, Saturday was meet up day all crews, and by Saturday evening the same three of us spent Saturday night, and fished Sunday.


    • Friday very busy day, up early off to pick up food, drinks, and snacks for the. Made a stop at GUS for a bubble mate that Big T-Doc needed. Retuned home unloaded all the food & drinks. Headed over to Big T-Doc home in Lacombe to pick up the Bay Flat Sr. Return home loaded up the FORD transporter with all food & drinks, loaded up the Bay Flat Sr with all tackle and gear, and by 1:05 me was on me way down to Delacroix, arrive around 2:30 PM.
    • Helped Big Chris & Big Debbie back they motor home into the covered shed, tight fit it be, took a while, hot it be wet with sweat we all be.
    • Big Rick not feeling good at all, but he did bring us some shrimp stew that he created, so we had a light dinner, and shortly their after off to bed to be up early for the Saturday morning rush.
    • Saturday up early, 4:45 AM, off to fuel up, and get dome live shrimp, Lionel had some real nice lively live shrimp for us, return to camp to wait for crew.
    • Big T-Doc and his crew topped by to say high and to see if they needed to take any of us with them, but as it worked out each boat had a crew of 3.
    • Big Tom & Big Ronnie met me at Lionel’s, we loaded up the Bay Flat Sr that is when Big Ronnie says where your Cajun anchors are, OPS. Now have no anchors, this not good.
    • By 6:15 AM we were all on our way, all going in different directions to start our day of fishing.


    • Perfect
    • N.N.W. wind 6-8 mph
    • Sunny & clear
    • Hot, hot, hotter, hottest, red button popped out around 10:15 AM
    • Water level up 3”
    • Water temp 85.7F
    • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, not looking good, same all over the areas we fished
    • Tide falling, but wind was moving it, but by 9:00 AM we had a true falling tide, poring into Oak River.
    • Surprise did not see many boats, but after we got on them they showed up, it was like an airport, limit out, move and another boat move in, we had a 2-3 boats fishing / catching, with 4-5 waiting to get the spot.


    • Be safe
    • Have fun
    • Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine
    • 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.
    • Have a meet and greet of some of the crew that is making our Chandelier Island trip
    • Introduce Big Mike & Big Joe to our Disney World known as Delcroix Island
    • Watch the LSU game
    • Watch the Saints game
    • Partake in a lot of food, drinks, snacks, fired fish, fired potato
    • Have a Texas Holdum game
    • Weekend at Earl’s abode down in Delacroix, much nice it be
    • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:

    1 WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not problem we no fishing with lures, and our area we had a cross wind to fish, did do the Oka River Troll, perfect had the wind and tide going in same direction.)

    2 MOVING WATER: (Falling all morning)

    3 WATER CALRITY: (Not to good looking 3 minus at best)

    4 HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 21 on the map did all the damage, and what damaged it did)

    5 PATIENTS: ( First hour or so not looking good, but we hung in there, kept moving and did the Oak River Troll to cover some area and see if we can find them, this kept us interested, but as the morning moved along me was having some not so good feeling about catching)

    6 SKILL: (We picked the right area spot # to fish, we had the right bait, (live & dead shrimp) and the determination to hang in the area we selected)

    7 LUCK: (We fished the same spot, left that spot, Big T-Doc and his crew showed up in same spot 20-25 minutes later and started to nail them, Big T-Doc called us and said you better get over here quick, and quick we did.)
    • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………NOTHING

    • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(1) 27” RED, MADE ME DAY

    • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY

    • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY

    • Cork ……..NOTHING!!!

    • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A


    • Live bait………………… NAILED THEM, CAROLINA RIG

    • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHINGE

    • 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……………(1) RED Oak River troll

    • 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……….. DID NOT TRY


    Spot # 20, 21, 22, 23, 17, 20 (15) Redworriers


    • Lived to fish another day
    • (0) Silverwonders
    • (15) Redworriers, all crew (3 boast) caught over 60 plus 18-22” plus reds. All caught in 40 plus minutes, it was a crazy 15 minute of Red worriers.
    • (1) White trout
    • (1) Extra poles
    • (3) Bushels of grass
    • LSU beat Alabama
    • Sending he morning on the water with some of the best fisherperson me know, all 9 of them
    • Learning 3 new ways to clean reds
    • Great lunch
    • Great dinner
    • Meeting Big Rick, (Texas home) Big Mike, and Big Joe, would you believes they did not know each other as we communicated with emails, but after talking they actually played school ball together and against each other. It was a blast listening to all their stories they had to tell, it seem like cheerleaders not only lead the team but lead the conversation.
    • Me think we have a great crew for our October 14,15, & 16 trip to the Chandelier island
    • Big Chris & Big Debbie joined us and brought some boils shrimp to share with us.
    • Texas Holddim game, me was the fish AGAIN
    • Good night sleep, looking forward to Sunday trip
    • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.


    Not sure about the other boats but aboard the Bay Flat Sr it was a very close race.

    Oneofthepack got it started off with a 27” red doing the Oak River Troll, but when they turned on we had Redworries all over the bottom of the Bay Flat Sr, action fast and furious.

    Both Big Ron & me agreed Big Tom B was fisherperson of the day, as he caught the White Trout too.


    Live / dead bait don’t levee the dock without it.


    “It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to fish strong.”

    O & A:

    What do you call a fisherperson who knows where her husband is all the time?

    Need it to cool off, may hold out until October 14 trip, not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good Fishing
    Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

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