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13 Dec

Sweetwater Marina

Today turned out to be a great day at Sweetwater Marina! Especially for the guys who caught 78 trout and 1 bass. We also had anglers who brought in 67 sheep head and their 4 man limit of redfish.

Mr. Antoine, Antonio, Antonio Jr., Larry, and “The game warden” (not pictured) were proud of their 78 trout and 1 bass they caught around Four Horse and Lake Campo. They have been faithful customers since Sweetwater began.

Mr. Jim, Paul, Kelly, and Danny went to Stone Island today for their 67 Sheep head and 4 man limit redfish. They said it was a lot of fun and hard work, and they know they are going to feel it tomorrow but it was worth every cast.

Unfortunately the weather is not shaping up for good fishing tomorrow but it’s going to follow with a warm up and should be beautiful by next week!!

Sweetwater Marina’s loyal customers swear by Nicole’s “Magic bait” they say her touching the live shrimp, helps them to limit out on redfish every time

13 Dec

beautiful bievenue trip,,, at least until the end

had a very nice trip to the wall on  tuesday,,, was able to put put out there,,,, my girl gets a bit nervous when we go “faster than a snails pace,,, and i wanted her to have a good experiEnce,,, so we wen..slow slow.  got to the number one spot,,,,, went out there with just twenty or so live swimps.   no bites for the first half hour or so,,,, then the thievery began,,,, lost a few swimps to someone under water,,,, finally i hooked one,,,,, a sixteen incher,,,,,,  then another,,,, same size,,,, caught a couple of short reds,,, felt them shaking their heads on the way in.  then we hooked one that felt a bit bigger than the others,,,, asked for the net and rocky did great with that,,,, scooped up a 21 inch trout.  nice fillets!!!  next came the biggest fish of the day,,,,, big red.  made at least five runs,,,, he would see the boat and go,,,, and my hands and arms were cramping from the medicine i take for my ticker,,,,, my fingers weren’t working so good,,,, but rocky”s were and we managed to get him to the boat after talking him into a nice cool bath in crisco lake.

we called it a day as the sun was going down and we were down to our last six swimps,,,, amazingly,,,, on the way in,,, i remarded to roxanne that we wouldn’t be getting lost,,,, but that most accidents happened near the boat launch.   when we pujlled into the back down,,, rox put one foot on the wharf,,, then hesitated,,,, and wound up falling into the water.  she had on my very large cabela’s coat,,,, fortunately i had insisted that she put on my life jacket which i recently acquired.  it was under the coat.  the water is quite deep at the end of the wALKway,,, well over her head,,,, she could not touch bottom and she was being weighed down by the water in the coat and on her jeans and shoes.  i jumped out of the boat and two fellas came running and we managed to haul her up like sack of potatoes.  it reALLy was quite scary.  i could quite easily have lost my baby.  managed to get her into the truck and warmed up a bit.  tried to lose my boat,,,, didn’t hook up the cable that holds the boat on the trailer,,, so had to back back down and put it on correctly.  but that was the least of our problems,,, quite an adventurous day.  waited until the next day to clean fish.  rock wasn’t up for pics that day,,,, pictures from the following day.  thank god for her help in such a situation.

13 Dec

TomL – Fishing Report – 12 Dec 2018

See report!

13 Dec

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

Yesterday, me/Lucy made a mid-morning trip.  Trying to keep her from freezing until her insulated suit comes in the mail.  Tried to hit the timing sweet spot, but was a bit off, about a hour too late, 10:30 ish.  I got 4 nice reds in the boat within 10 minutes, things was looking good.  Wind/current picked up a few notches and shut ‘er down.  I finessed one more, and then it was over, missed the major part of the bite by that much.  Once I get that suit on Lucy, I’ll be able to get her out there that hour earlier, and hopefully get that girl on some fish.  My chartering skills would put me out of business real quick.

What hit the boat:

5 Red keepers (2 throwbacks)

1  chunky Sailcat (release)

11 Dec

Redworries aggressive they be

TEAM JO-JO:

Today aboard the Bay Flat Sr today we had Big Hugh, (our tree expert, he planted a Willow try 1 year ago this past October) Big Willy (as we named it) is doing fine. Big Hugh and me talked last week and set up today for a trip to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island. Big Hugh also very proficient with the voice activated power pole function, and excels in knot tying

SIGNS:

  • Look to be a snow bird day, not me favorite for catching
  • Loaded up all the gear, made a double check to make sure nothing left behind
  • Me was a little early for our 5 AM meet up at Team Jo-Jo remote meeting place, Waffle House in Oak Harbor, Big Hugh was already there and had his breakfast half way finish.
  • No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90
  • Only saw 1 boat along Hwys
  • Not many boats in gas stations either
  • Past on McDonnel & Last Stop food store
  • Check point Able water level down 12-14’
  • Check pint Bravo, Reggio Canal tide look to be pouring in
  • Bay Flat Sr was hanging low in the sling, thought me had her higher then that, but she as fine, and had no kittens in her.
  • Quick work of loading her up
  • Yamaha Dream Machine one turn and she fired up ready to go
  • Motored over to Leonel for some go juice & dead shrimp, frozen all they had.
  • Off to spot # 14 to start our fun day on the water.

CONDITIONS:

  • Perfect
  • N.W. wind 8-10 mph, not bad at all
  • Sunny & clear
  • Cool temps, cold when running, jumpsuit type day
  • Water level down 12-14”
  • Water temp 46.3F up to 53.1F
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a strong 2 minus, not looking good at all, we did not go out any further then north/south pipeline & Oak River
  • Tide was coming in at Leonel and falling at spot # 14, fell all day
  • Had those Lillie all over the bayou, me guess we have lots of fresh water
  • Only saw 2 boats out and about
  • Can anyone help me understand why the water is so dirty, sue to be water was clean all the time, any ideas out there, this be the worst year ever

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.
  • See if the Redworries wanted to come out and play
  • See if spot # 17A still holding Redworries
  • Try to find some clean water
  • Try to find some elusive, no-no, missing Silverwodners
  • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         

 

  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Once again we fishing with bait wind not a factor, wind did help us do the Oak River Troll, produced (14) Redworries, way to go wind)

 

  • MOVING WATER: (Falling all day, falling when we left, looked like it was getting ready to stop around noon

 

  • WATER CALRITY: (This still be a big problem, and this be me most important / concern criteria for me)

 

  • HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 17A & # 20 to 21, all fish caught their)

 

  • PATIENTS: ( Slow start at 14, water to dirty to stay long, made a few stops same conditions, ran over to spot # 17A bingo, action the rest for the day, no loss of desire and/or concentration after that.)

 

  • SKILL: (Knowledge of past trip, practicing what me dad told me many years ago, “Never quite a winner”, so that is why we went right back to 17A after we tried a few other spots when things slowed down, and it proved to be a good move)

 

  • LUCK: (Big Hugh brought some fresh shrimp for us to use, me did not know he did that, but that seem to do the trick with the Redworries)
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………Did not try

 

  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(14) (NMR) Redworries, perfect conditions for this technique)

 

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

 

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

 

  • Cork ……..(16) REDWORRIERS

 

  • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A

 

  • Dead bait……….(16) REDWORRIERS 2 FOOT UNDER CORK

 

 

  • Live bait…………………NONE

 

·      LURE DU JOURE:

  • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….(16) REDWORRIERS

 

  • 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……………DID NOT TRY

 

  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook…………… NOTHING

 

  • 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 # 14, 15, 1, 2, 2A, 17A (5) r, 17C, D, E, 17A (11) r, 20, 21 (14) r, stopped fishing at noon, turn the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick dire back to the slip.

OUR REWARDS:

  • Lived to fish another day
  • (0) Silverwonders, they be MIA
  • (30) NMR Redworries
  • (1) Mullet
  • (1) popped line Big Redworrier
  • (2) Bottoms, 2 popped lines
  • (1) Bushel of grass
  • Some of the biggest, heaviest tastes roast beef sandwiches me every had, they weight more than the Redworries, but they be good, thanks Big Hugh for bring them.
  • Being on the water with one of the best fisherpersons me know Big Hugh that be.
  • Big Nick found the 5 missing kittens, they safe & sound in his boat now, the momma cat sure moves them around.
  • Cannot believe me becoming a Redworrier fisherperson
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

Any fisherperson that can catch a Mullet with an H&H purple beetle deserves the honors of fisherperson of the day, and that be Big Hugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUGGESTIONS:

Bring FRESH dead shrimp, fish the points and moving water, and fish the grass lines too.

PONDER OF THE DAY:

Change your thoughts and you change your results.

O & A:

Is there inherent order in catching or is it all chaos and chance?

TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

Not sure when me back on the water.

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

11 Dec

Safe Floor looks great on Bay Boats

Did a 24’ Skeeter today for Capt. Shawn Huber’s of Marsh Mania Charters. Shawn runs a very successful charter business…

Posted by Safe Floor of Louisiana on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

9 Dec

Great Sportsmanship is not dead!

“I have been fishing in the Cocodrie area, golden meadow and Dularge this week and wrapping up today!

The fishing was good, slow but managed a mess of fish each day, fun and laughter off the hook literally.

Tangled lines birds nest reels, dropped poles in the water.

And through it all the camaraderie among the guides was just short of amazing.

No pissing contests on the water everyone of them helping the other ones out, laughing and just having a good time.

And last but not least a group of guides on one boat riding around scouting out areas.

Stopping to chat offer advice Ask for advice, they treated the recreational people like myself with respect and just an all around niceness.

Just very pleasant people to be around on the water.

What a shining example of Sportsmanship!

Then I had the pleasure of joining in a conversation yesterday evening at the Sportsmans paradise restaurant, met Ms. Connie and just had a wonderful dinner talking about the days catch with all the anglers.

It never ceases to amaze me how fishing is a universal language!

Louisiana has some of the best fishing in the world and also some of the best fishing guides!

Below are just a few I had the pleasure of actually meeting this past week and two I fished with.

Thank you so much guys for being an advocate for good sportsmanship.

It makes a fishing trip so much more memorable when the ambiance is beautiful weather great fishing guides, putting fish in the box and laughter all day long!

It makes my job a dream come true! I can’t thank these guides enough for the wonderful time my friends and I had. Fishing with Captain Casey Lombard and Captain George Spivey was a blast!

The highlight of the five days of bitter cold winds, and low water with little to no tide was the fact my friend Marc Scroggs visiting from Branson Missouri caught his first red fish ever and what a happy camper he was when he went on to catch three more even bigger than his first.

Definitely one of the most fun trips I have had the pleasure of being on and writing about! All fish was caught under a popping cork and high water plastics, fish can’t resist them!

Captain Casey Lombard

Captain Loyd Landry

Captain George Spivey

Captain Travis Miller

Captain Elton

Captain Ronnie Lisotta
My tournament guide!

https://www.precisionfishingcharters.com/

https://highwaterfishinglures.com/

Matrixshad.com

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2258531991098896&set=pcb.2258532517765510&type=3&theater

7 Dec

Sweetwater Marina

Capt Jack’s charter with his dad (Big Jack) and Mr. Carl was very exciting. They caught their limit of redfish and a bass. The trio went to Shell Lake and Shrimp Lagoon for their catch of the day.

We had a few anglers come in with reports of trout in Alligator Pass, Little Lake and Bay Andrew. They said the diversion has ended and the water is clearer and saltier. This makes for great trout fishing here in Delacroix. So to answer your question, “Are the trout moving in???”….. That’s a definite YES!!

Fresh live shrimp available.

Call Kelly to book lodging or charters 504-342-2368 or for more info. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am till 5pm! Thanks in advance! We have newly renovated, clean, comfy lodges with a great view…you can BBQ, on the porch that overlooks the bayou. We have brand new mobile home trailers that we rent, as well. One bedrooms& two bedrooms available. Very reasonable rates. Convenient location. Right across from our Marina. If you stay with us, you can leave your boat in the water. Also, we work with amazing charter captains. Captain Jack, owner of Sweetwater, is our main captain; he is amazing…he has been in the business many of years, great with children, with anyone really. He has a wonderful, funny personality. Book asap! Don’t pass up on limited weekends that are still available! Remember…we offer non-ethanol fuel, maps, gps chips, live bait, tackle, propane, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, nets and anything else you may need to have a wonderful day out on the water. Also…it would be greatly appreciated, if you tagged us in pictures/post about your experience here in Delacroix/at Sweetwater. Or you can send in your pictures and we will post them! We love to see our customers happy with our service. We try super hard to please everyone. Rate our Facebook, as well. Leave comments about your stay, your charter, your experience…we would love to hear about it.
Can’t wait to see ya at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves their customers.

BOAT SHED INFORMATION: We do have boat sheds available. If you would like to rent one, please call 504-342-2368 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm. They are $200 per month, include water and electricity and your boat launches are FREE! You will have to pay the first month upfront and keep a credit card on file.

LODGING INFORMATION: Our One-bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guests; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, BBQ pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized futons sofas’), free cable and Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom.

Our Two-bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guests; it includes a full kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, BBQ pit, dining area, living room area (with a full sized sofa), free cable and Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom

CHARTER INFORMATION: The charters run up to $750.00 for up to 4 anglers for a full day. On the charter, we provide equipment, bait, licenses, if necessary, fish cleaning and the packaging of the fish. The only thing you need to bring is your food, drinks, sunglasses, sunscreen and an empty ice chest to bring home your catch. Our captains specialize in in-shore fishing; usually, the catch consists mostly of Speckled Trout, Reds, and Bass.

For more information on, boatshed rental, charters or lodging to make reservations, please call us at 504-342-2368. A small deposit will hold your reservation. So, come on down to the second launch in Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina, and let Capt. Jack, Tony, and put you in the water and put you on the fish. Anything we can do to help make your trip fun, successful and safe, just ask! We would love to see you at Sweetwater Marina, the marina that loves their customers!

6 Dec

Lake P intel

TEAM JO-JO:

Opportunity knocked today, so me jumped all over it. Called Big PJ he no can go honeydews, called Big Andrew, he no can go honeydews, me though after you reached ascertain age honeydews where not required anymore, that they expired when the desire cease to exist.

SIGNS:

  • Took advantage of an opportunity
  • Bay Flat Jr already loaded up, and ready to go
  • Took all of 20 minutes to reach the launch
  • In the honey hole by 2:05
  • Saw many Cormorants diving, this be the best sign of the year
  • Had (4) other trailers at the launch, and one boat picking up
  • Yesterday it took 22 pulls to get the Yamaha Nightmare Machine started, today ½ a pull, she likes it when you use her up.
  • Off to trestles to star me evening of fishing

CONDITIONS:

  • Perfect
  • N.E wind 10-12 mph, steady as she blow
  • Partly cloudy
  • Cool temps. jump suite on all evening
  • Water level down 10 to 12”
  • Water temp cold
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 10 plus, black, clean, clear water, water like you would see in springs in Florida.
  • Tide falling all evening, pretty hard too
  • Saw 6 other boats (3) casting & (3) trolling
  • Could not be any better

 

TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:

  • Be safe
  • Have fun
  • Put some run time on Bay Flat Jr. and Yamaha Nightmare 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.
  • Check out the trestles, see if the Silverwodners showed up yet
  • Try different lures to see what they might want to attack
  • Identify where the Silverwodners where holding along the trestles
  • Try different techniques
  • Re-educate meself on the how too’s of fishing the trestles
  • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         

 

  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not a factor today, all me did was troll, tight line accomplished by movement of boat)

 

  • MOVING WATER: (Had a falling tide all evening, me think me would have more action if it had changed and started to come in.)

 

  • WATER CALRITY: (This criteria was a little too much with a 10 on the scale, it seemed the Silverwonders like the water out by mile marker 134, as the water somewhat lost its clarity, still a 7, but a little sandy looking.)

 

  • HOLDING FISH: (Both sides, (block or so)  of mile marker 134)

 

  • PATIENTS: ( Needed some today, bites where far and in-between, catching was even a little slower, but just being on the water and learning what learn can, keep me interested all evening. And when me caught the first Silverwonder, me turn into a hound dog, sniff & searching for the Silverwodners.)

 

  • SKILL: (Being dedicated to trolling, me was in the right place at the wrong time, the Silverwodners are just about ready to bust wide open along the trestles, if we ever have a fog morning, and look out it will be on, on, on.)

 

  • LUCK: (Not having any Honeydews, due)
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY

 

  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY

 

  • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NOT TRY

 

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

 

  • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY

 

  • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….ALL FISH CAUGHT THIS WAY

 

  • Dead bait………NONE

 

 

  • Live bait…………………NONE

 

·      LURE DU JOURE:

  • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….DID NOT 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……………DID NOT TRY

 

  • 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 ……………This did the trick

 

  • Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY

AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

  • Lake P from Northshore all the way out to mile marker 134, keep going back and forth crossing mile maker a number of times, this be where the Silverwonders seem to be.

OUR REWARDS:

  • Lived to fish another day
  • (3) NMR Silverwonders
  • (2) missed
  • (1) lure, does anybody catch anything with that type lure , see picture
  • (4) bottoms (1) popped line
  • Lots of fresh cool air for me lungs
  • Dinner, all be it not enough, Big Randy & Oneofthepack both said the same thing, it really taste good when you only have a little to eat, but me think fresh Silverwodners taste good anytime.
  • Spending the evening on the water with some of the best fisherpersons me know, me.yself, and I.
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

One of the three mention

SUGGESTIONS:

It is only matter of time, (and it will not be long) before the big girls show up along the trestles, keep making rips so you don’t miss the action when it happens.)

PONDER OF THE DAY:

If fishing makes catching, and nobody’s catching, then why fish?

O & A:

If freedom is simply being able to do what you want, are Silverwonders freer than Fisherpersons?

TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

Looks like next week before me fish again, but one never knows!!!!

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

6 Dec

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

With the looming blow out this weekend, I figured today would be the last good day for a bit to get out there and maybe have something happen.  Not so much.  Greeted by approx. 15-20mph steady winds.  The highlight of the trip was a group of otters cutting up as I was pulling out of slip.  Tried 4 Horse for trout, best looking water I’ve seen there in a while, but nada.  Made the move to my favorite consistent red hole, and a double nada, dang near had whitecaps in a 1.5-2 foot pond.  Made a few moves and then resigned to take my skunking.  Best bite all day was hooking the anchor.  I’ll be back out there soon, … somewhere.

What hit the boat:

pee and wind