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    By Oneofthepack on September 4, 2018

    TEAM JO-JO:

    Me have been in a rut, something was missing in me life, day in and day out, just one day after another, mundane days with little excitement in each. So when Big Don emailed and shared his feelings / experiences of his days and suggested we encourage each other to let go and make the call, so be it, we set up a trip to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island to give us a boost and get us out of our ruts.

    We both knew what the weather conditions where to be, we knew it to be very low expectations on the catching agenda, and that it would be more effort than it was worth.

    But how wrong can one be, because as soon as the Bay Flat Sr. made her turn into Bayou Gently, It was no longer a mundane day.
    It was such a rush of energy, heart racing, eyes wide open, brain kicking into gear, mind running full bore as to what the day’s opportunities / experiences Delacroix & Mother Nature would present to us for our enjoyment as we made our run throughout the marsh & various fishing spot numbers on the map.

    The above formula / prescription is one of the best rut cures known to man, after all one can only read so may articles / magazines, watch so many videos / shows, depicting the art of fishing before one has to accept the challenge no matter what the conditions and /or catching expectations are, and make the call.

    SIGNS:

    • Off the water to long
    • Up at 4 AM for 5 AM meet up at Team Jo-Jo official meeting place, Waffle House in Chalmette
    • Cajun anchors , tackle box and (4) poles loaded in FORD transporter, light gear load today
    • Checked the sky as me loaded up the FORD, partly cloudy with a few stars out, a little wind blowing.
    • By the time me hit the Twin Span, wind hollowing, FORD shaking, and rain pouring down in buckets, this lasted till me reached the end of the Twin Span.
    • No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90
    • Took me usual route, Hwy 11, Chef Hwy, Old Gently road, 510, Paris road.
    • Another down pour on top of the Green Bridge
    • Nice and dry at Waffle House, bowl of grits, and a hot cup of coffee warmed me up a little
    • Time to make a discussion go or no go with re: to rain, once m saw Big Don decision was made, go it be.
    • No boats on Hwy, gas stations, and / or launches, not a good sign
    • Check point Able, water level up 14-16”
    • Check point Bravo, water pouring in at Reggio
    • Reached the home of the Bay Flat Sr walked down to the dock felt like a floating dock, but it nailed down, water level had the dock floating a little.
    • Big Don & Oneofthepack loaded our gear into the Bay Flat Sr quickly
    • Yamaha Dream Machine fired right up, she be a good girl always ready to go
    • Made the stop at Lionel’s for some go juice and ice, once again rain storm hit us, me got wet filling up, by the time we finish filling up, it was down to a drizzle.
    • Drizzled all the way to the last camp heading toward Twin pipeline
    • Had a boat in front of us, took off, made it about ½ block and the engine shut down, inboard / outboard engine, not me favorite type, we passed them slowly, no request for assistance, we took off.
    • Headed straight to Lake John to start our journey / day.

    CONDITIONS:

    • Perfect
    • Wind E.S.E 8-10 , than 18-20 mph windy day
    • Cloudy over cast day, with sunshine after 10 AM
    • Wet morning, hard rain at Lionel’s, than a little drizzle, no rain the rest of the day
    • Mild tempts, nice it be, warm later in the day
    • Water level up 14-16”
    • Water temp 80.8 F
    • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, lost lure 3-4” below surface, about the same all over
    • Tide rising hard all day. No signs of changing and falling as indicated on tide map for Hopedale
    • They had a few boats out and about, few guides, few commercial, and more pleasure boats that me thought would be out and about, but was it be a holiday that me forget about.
    • Me pretty observant when on the water, me notice a few commercial crabbers where picking up all their traps, me wondering why, then it hit me, tropical storm in the making.
    • When we got back to the launch me saw many commercial & pleasure boast picking up they boats, more than was launched, now me almost certain something brewing in the Gulf.
    • As we made our way through the flood wall on the Hwy and me saw all the campers, trailers, boat along the Hwy, me now know something going on in the gulf.
    • Made the call to Big Nicky, he conformed, 3-5 foot tidal surge, ask me what you thin, pick her up was his suggestion, we too far gone home, so me decided to return Tuesday and pick up the By flat Sr and bring her to safe harbor.

    TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:

    • 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.
    • All that me read indicated September a transition month outside to inside, so me felt we should start father out this time so me can meet them at that intersection of our & in, and work our way in to our inside spot numbers
    • Change up our presentation/ techniques, give them a different look from what we normally do this time of year
    • Get out of our rut, get excited about the fall season coming up
    • Verify confirm all our routes still passable, locate and identify new land marks at very high tide for us to navigate around / on the surrounding waters.
    • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:

    1 WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not a problem with this criteria, we had the wind at our back in many locations, S.E or E.S.E wind never a problem in the areas / spot numbers we fish)

    2 MOVING WATER: (Another criteria was at it speak, plenty moving water everywhere we went, current lines at all points, where bottom elevation changes took place, cuts, channels, we had perfect conditions for this criteria today)

    3 WATER CALRITY: (This one was a little challenge, clarity did not meet up to me standards, this impacted me confidence level today, don’t like dirty water it just turns me off, much less the fish)

    4 HOLDING FISH: (What fish, could not find even a bite, this was our most challenging task for the day, score one for the fish today.)

    5 PATIENTS: ( Needed plenty, but our quest was not that of catching, it be more so of gathering Intel and taken in what mother nature had to offer, of which required no patients)

    6 SKILL: (Knowing what me did not know until today’s trip)

    7 LUCK: (Got to wash The Bay Flat Sr and meself at the same time and on the same day)
    • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………NOTHING

    • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING

    • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..NOTHING
    • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………NOTHING

    • Cork ……..NOTHING

    • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A

    • Dead bait………NOTHING


    • Live bait…………………NONE

    We tried all our techniques / presentations, tricks of the art of fishing and could not even muster up a single bite. We searched / tried bottom, top, middle and all point in-between. Drop offs down them, up them, current lines, eddies, grass lines, shell bottoms, cuts, points, and the fish did not want to come and play with us.

    • LURE DU JOURE:

    • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHING

    • 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……….. DID NOT TRY

    AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

    Spot # 51 A, B, C, D, 57, 53, 54, 51, 52, 52B, 55, 56, 15, 14, 6, 5, 3, 3A, B, 2, 1, 2A, 16, 17, 17A, B, 18, 18A, B, C, D, E, 61C, B, A, 64, 64C, called it a day at 11:30 am, temperature started to warm up a little, and me had enough sun light for a good tan.

    OUR REWARDS:

    • Lived to fish another day
    • (0) Silverwonders
    • (0) Reds
    • (0) Drum
    • (0) Croaker
    • (0) Cat fish
    • (1) Crab, catch of the day
    • (2) Bottoms
    • (2) popped lines
    • (3) tangled lines
    • (1) extra poles, me took this honor
    • No food, no drinks, just fishing
    • Saw no alligators, this strange
    • Plenty of bait in the water decided to see what it might be, took out the old 6 foot cast net made a cast, me need to practice some. But did manage to catch 2 small Gaff Top, 1 croaker, and 1 white trout.
    • Saw (1) 4 band of Teal
    • Saw (1) 4 band of big ducks
    • Spending the morning on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, Big Don, we both missed Big Lucy, Big don’s better half.
    • Got to see the mass exit of boats, campers, trailers, as they all fleeing Gordon
    • Got to see Mrs Joan, she in good spirits and was a welcome sight for me, and they still have plenty of big lively shrimp, (3) bays of them all waiting for you fisherpersons to come down and get 100 – 200 of them to catch the Silverwodners & Reds.
    • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

    FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

    For sure fishes take the honors today, they well hidden, and was very skeptical of what we had to offer, even when tipped with dead shrimp.

    SUGGESTIONS:

    Fall run is almost here, time to make sure you well stocked up with H&H purple beetle, H&H chartreuse glow beetle, Matrix Shad Lemon head, and the H&H ¼ oz. round white heads w/gold hook in the 1/8, ¼; and 3/8 oz. sizes.

    PONDER OF THE DAY:

    Remember to fish after every storm.

    O & A:

    Can you cry under water?

    TEAM JO-JO’S FUTURE STRATAGEM:

    Today (Tuesday) Big T-Doc and me drove down to Delacroix to pick up the Bay Flat Sr, brought her to Big T-Doc home in Lacombe for safe keeping. Me might even have to show her some TLC before me bring her back down for our September 15th weekend of meet & greet down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island.

    Good Fishing

    Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

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