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    By Oneofthepack on February 13, 2019


    Nothing plan, just waiting for the opportunity to prevail itself, and had to confirm no meetings Wednesday, when 8:30 PM rolled last night took a chance me clear for a trip, texted Big PJ 5 AM.

    Went to bed around 9:10 PM still no response from Big PJ, not sure what to do, so set the alarm for 4:30 AM, but woke up at 3 AM, check me phone, Big PJ text he will be ready and waiting in the AM, now me know we have a go.


    • Monday made a lunch date with Big Ron, (owed him one) called Big Andrew he in, we meet up at Southside for noon, Big Steve also joined us for nice relaxing lunch, of course fishing was the topic of discussion. Me was glad me is from Missouri, some of the tales told, me think, me needed them to show me!
    • Tuesday met up with brother # 5 and Big Peggy his better half, they in town for a short visit, pick up king cakes, and ice chest of shrimp to bring back with them to Tennessee. Day was kind of a wasted fishing trip, could have went in the evening, but did not have the heart to go.
    • Up early 3AM for a 5 AM meet up with Big PJ
    • Loaded up the FORD transporter and got ready for that real long 1 minute ride to Big PJ abode
    • No wildlife sightings along Hay 11 or 90.
    • Only thing wild we saw was the cars / trucks on Hwy 11 passing us up, me doing 60 and they still passing me up, did 60 to see if they would keep passing me up, found out quick me not a leader.
    • No boats on Hwy, gas stations, launches, none, this be not a good sign
    • Passed on Waffle House, McDonnel, and Last Stop food store, but had to stop and get one of those big a _ _ biscuit, egg, & sausage biscuits.
    • Check pint Abel, water level in canal at junction 12-14” down
    • Check point Bravo not much tide in Reggio canal
    • Once again Delacroix & Delacroix Hwy looked deserted, only had one truck pass me up
    • Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she high in the slings, looking down at me with a smile, she be ready.
    • Quick transfer of gear truck to boat
    • Turn the key, Yamaha Dream Machine fired up, but did so very quietly, had to check P hole to see if she running.
    • Off to Lionel’s for some dead shrimp, 2#’s of fresh dead shrimp is all we need, Big PJ had 2 pounds from 1990 that he brought, we did catch fish with fresh and the 1990 shrimp.
    • Out we got to start our day at spot # 21, not good for a north wind, we would have to fish a cross wind, but we with bait and not lures wind little impact on us.


    • Perfect
    • N.E wind 18-20 mph, steady she blew all day
    • Sunny & clear
    • Cool temps, kept me jumpsuit on all day
    • Water level down 12-14”
    • Water temp 53.1 F
    • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 plus, water dark just like me like it, but you lost the lure down 1-2” below surface, especially the H&H purple beetle.
    • Tail end of a falling tide, tide came I quickly, y the time (12:42) we stopped it was roaring in with a real good current & pace.
    • Did not see one pleasure boat, only saw (1) commercial boat, days like this me really appreciate the fact that me have SeaTwo in me phone, one call and that’s all.



    • 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.
    • Try to find the (STILL) elusive Silverwonders
    • Put some fish in Big PJ freezer
    • Try some spot numbers that ware good for a north wind, me know they hold Silverwodners, wanted to find out if they hold Redworries too. It seems all me Silverwonder hot spots, are now Redworries hot spots.
    • Keep trying to re-educate meself on fishing with bait, both live & dead
    • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
    • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (First stop was a cross wind had a 1-2 foot bow in line, fishing with bait not lures, so wind criteria not that important when with bait & not lures. Second spot was / is a dream spot for a north wind, perfect it was / it be)
    • MOVING WATER: (Perfect, tail end of a falling tide, very little slack tide, star of a rising tide, don’t get any better than that, this criteria not a concern for today.)
    • WATER CALRITY: (As usual, as it has been for many months, this was our challenge for the day. The water had that black look to it, which me love, and is clear on the surface 2-3” down, but you lose sight of the lure quickly. But me are very much encouraged with the darkness of the water, Silverwodners will show up late March / early April.)
    • HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 21 & 60A only 2 spots we fished. Did make a short stop at 2A to pick up 4 more Redworries so that we would have (40) for the day.)
    • PATIENTS: (None needed, me decided to make one Oak River Troll pass from spot #20 to Spot # 22, during that pass (did not take long) picked up a Ratworrier, this be a very good sign, action all day, left them biting at spot # 2A.)
    • SKILL: (Experience / knowledge of past trips and the areas we fishing)
    • LUCK: (Caught the best tide we could have ever caught, did it without even knowing what it was going to be)
    • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL (WITH DEAD SHRMP) FSIH CUAGHT THIS WAY
    • Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY
    • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(1) r
    • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
    • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
    • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
    • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
    • Dead bait………99% CAUGHT WITH DEAD BAIT
    • Live bait…………………NONE

    ·      LURE DU JOURE:

    • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….(1) R
    • 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)R
    • 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 ………DID NOT TRY
    • Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY


    Spot # 21 (22) R, 60A (14) R, 2A (4) R, stopped fishing at 12:38 PM turned the Bat Flat Sr north for a slowly and bumpy ride back to the slip


    • Lived to fish another day
    • (0) Silverwonders
    • (40) Redworries
    • (1) BIG A _ _ catfish
    • (1) Popped line Big Red
    • (1) Hook came untied, lost BIG Red
    • (4) Bottoms, 4 popped lines
    • No food, drink, snacks, water all we did was fish, fish, fish
    • Pelicans put on another beautiful aerial show, they were all over Skippy Bay, and the bay east of N/S pipeline, must have been 25-30 of them
    • Big White Pelicans where on the move too, Big Nicky told me they don’t dive, they work as a team. They circle the bait and keep moving in closer, closer closer to all the bait is corralled in front of them. We saw one big circle of them in Skippy Bay on the north / west side of N/S pipeline.
    • Spending the day on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, that be Big PJ, we both be learning and teaching each other the skills of fishing & catching.
    • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.


    As noted me caught the first fish, the biggest fish, many of the Ratworriers, and managed to catch me box worthy fish too, but this be not enough for the fisherperson of the day honors today.

    Big PJ caught the second fish of the day, second biggest fish of the day, more Ratworriers, we even upon the box worth Redworries, but his Big A_ _ catfish came into play at the last minute. Me have to concede Big PJ fisherperson of the day, today that is h=there is all ways the rest of his life for me to & he to challenge for the honors.


    We had a situation / experience today, (of which me had many times fishing Silverwodners) first spot produce some BIG Redworries, many Ratworriers, some box worthy Redworries, and some close to box worthy Redworries, in our quest to catch our limit, the close to ones where kept, (guess we had low expectations for the day) we now found ourselves of needing 1 or 2 more to fulfil our quest for the day.

    We make a move, and now we in nothing but very, very, very box worthy Redworries, but after 2 we had to catch & release all others, rule on the Bay Flat Sr “No Culling of fish” not very popular with crew sometimes, and be it noted it is a law.

    So me guess me moral of the story is sometimes a “Fish in the box, is not worth 2 in the water” or something like that.


    Time means a lot to me because, you see, me, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love fishing, don’t waste time, for time is what fishing is made up of.


    What is the difference between fishing and existing?

    TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

    Maybe Friday trip, may need an experience first mate to operate voice activate trim tab & power pole!!

    Good Fishing

    Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

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