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2 Feb

Bowfishing trip Friday night.

Sever’s family trip from Fla. for Landon’s birthday it was cold and wind but we managed to find fish. Thanks guys for fishing with us.

31 Jan

best tuna trip on my boat 2018

ck out    youtube  title      Cajun country lump edition tuna tetris       about  9 mins     this  was  by  far   my  best   tuna  trip   ever    I reported   on   rnr  last   feb    but  no  pics     this  should   make  up  for   it    capt   todd

29 Jan

In South Louisiana…sportsmen are being harassed, landowners are being vilified, and the state’s hunting and fishing economies are at risk.

 
 

The redfish cruised the edge of the reeds, unhurried and unalarmed. The U-shaped push of the big blunt head was coming straight toward our flats skiff. I was in the right place at the right time. Only one person could screw this up now.

I roll-cast the crab fly from the palm of my hand, backcast once, and lay the fly against the marsh bank. I wince—the pattern lands a little short.

“That’ll work,” says my guide, ­Michael Evans. “Leave it.”

The fish stays the course, 10 feet from the fly and closing. Play this right, I think, and this could be as perfect as it gets when it comes to casting for Louisiana redfish.

“Now,” Evans commands.

I strip-set the fly, and line rips from the reel as the redfish bolts across the shallows. I whoop as the fish surges three times before ­Evans hauls it overboard, and all is as it should be—green marsh, blue sky, and a redfish in hand. It is a gorgeous morning in one of the most iconic sporting landscapes in America. But the worry is, it could all be falling apart in south Louisiana.

I was so focused on the fish that I initially missed a few significant details: The marsh edge here is corroded and eroding, with chunks of black muck and reeds calving into the open water. Dotting the shoreline are posted signs, and I can see that the only other boat out here is working over ponds deep in the marsh interior. Those anglers are most likely trespassing, although they don’t know that—or do and don’t care.

It’s a scene that captures precisely why the self-proclaimed “Sportsman’s Paradise of Louisiana” is in the middle of the largest—and possibly most impactful—public-waters dispute in the country. Increasing numbers of private landowners are posting bayous, marsh ponds, and canals that have been used by the public for decades. Altercations between landowners and hunters and anglers are on the rise. Guides complain of losing access to vast sweeps of marsh and water. And the issue of who owns the ­water—​and who can access it—is spilling over into parts of Louisiana far from the coast. This past summer, a dock owner at Lake D’Arbonne was arrested for pouring gas on three anglers who were legally fishing from a boat near his property. At Lake Catahoula, one of the most storied waterfowling destinations in the country, a U.S. District Court last year ruled that the body of water was a river, not a lake, and could not be managed as a public resource as in the past. The state has appealed the ruling, and it awaits a decision by the Third Circuit appeals court.

fishing the cold montana river

Fresh & Salt: A fly angler fishes the Boulder River in Montana—a state many consider to have the gold standard for water access.

Brian Grossenbacher

Across the country, access to public waters is under siege, at a scale similar to the threats public lands have faced over the last few years. Court cases and legislative efforts are underway to change legal precedents and long-standing traditions concerning public-waters access. River by lake by creek by marsh, one stream at a time or through regulatory changes that could wipe away the public’s access across entire landscapes, outdoorsmen are increasingly being gated out of and litigated off some of the country’s most iconic waterways. It’s an issue that affects freshwater and saltwater anglers alike, plus duck hunters, river paddlers, and anyone else whose outdoor passions require access to water. And it’s an issue that could fundamentally alter opportunities for generations of hunters and anglers.

In Colorado, a lawsuit has been filed by a trout angler who was run off the Arkansas River, which he accessed from public land. In New Mexico, the attorney general’s office issued an opinion that all the state’s fishing streams are in the public domain, setting up potential court and regulatory fights. In North Carolina, the rights of the public to access the dry-sand beach went all the way to the state supreme court before being upheld in a dismissal. Issues of privatizing lakes are popping up in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and across New England, public waters where fisheries have been managed and enhanced with public funds are being increasingly gated off to the public. The message is loud and clear: Anglers and hunters stand to lose sporting opportunities. So they better stand up and make their voices heard.


Read Next: The Politics of Hunting and Fishing


Marsh Madness

For the most part, Louisiana’s legendary hunting and fishing rests squarely on access to public waters, so it’s no surprise that the largest fight for access to public waters is under­way there. Louisiana’s water-access laws are a murky stew based on a rare legal system with roots in the Napoleonic era. It’s the only state that allows for private ownership of water bottoms below tidal waters, and it’s these marshes in south Louisiana that are being increasingly posted—and contested.

In a convoluted, multichambered nutshell, this is the issue in the Pelican State: Louisiana is losing marsh along the Gulf Coast like a snake sloughing its skin. The land is sinking, the seas are rising, and the marshes are tattered and torn from pipeline and navigation canals. The figures are so staggering and so well-known that they could practically pass for the state motto: Louisiana loses enough marsh to cover a football field every 100 minutes. Two thousand square miles have vanished in the last 100 years, and some experts say that another 2,000 squares miles might still dissolve away.

angler pulling fish from water

In Louisiana, salt­water fishing generates millions of dollars for the state economy.

Tosh Brown

Much of the south Louisiana marsh is privately owned by individuals and families, but also by oil and gas companies, and often in huge chunks measured by the thousands of acres. While tidal waters in other states are typically open to public access, Louisiana allows private landowners to own tidal waters as long as the water was not claimed by the state when Louisiana was created in 1812. But in many areas, no one is entirely sure who owns what. The ownership issues are so complex in many areas that vast sweeps of open water are designated as “dual claimed lands,” claimed by both the state and private landowners.

 

Some of Louisiana’s challenges with public-waters access are similar to those in other regions around the country. Like 21 other states, Louisiana doesn’t require private landowners to post lands against trespass, putting the onus on sportsmen to know the lines. That’s a huge issue in a world of marsh and water, especially when shorelines change so rapidly. And like many states, access to a waterway is based on navigability: Streams, rivers, or marsh channels that are navigable for commerce are typically considered open to the public. But Louisiana’s law adds a qualifier: It reads “naturally navigable.” No one seems to know what that means.

The complications pile up. If private landowners lose control of water bottoms that used to be marsh, they also give up the potential value of oil or gas deposits, which could be collectively measured in the billions of dollars. As privately owned marsh erodes into open, navigable water, a public used to going wherever a boat can float is increasingly at odds with private landowners asserting more control over properties that were long accessed by anglers, hunters, and guides. More and more public funds are being used to restore marshes on private lands, and many observers feel there should be some mechanism to allow the public access to the restored marsh it paid for. Private landowners disagree. It’s all leading to hot tempers and a rush of posting on marsh and water where generations of Louisianans have hunted and fished.

Right now, the situation in south Louisiana, a place on nearly every sportsman’s bucket list of places to visit, is a quagmire of conflicting opinions. Sportsmen are being harassed, landowners are being vilified, and the state’s hunting and fishing economies—saltwater fishing alone supports 7,700 jobs and pumps $50 million a year into the state economy—are at risk. Last year, ­Louisiana Rep. Kevin Pearson introduced House Bill 391, which would have opened most tidal waters to public access regardless of ownership. The effort ultimately failed, but the intensity of the debate and the public outcry on all sides of the issue led most observers to believe that the time is ripe for potential solutions.

“I believe compromise that works for all these parties is realistic in south Louisiana, and I think we have the political environment to achieve it,” says Josh Kaywood, the Southeast regional coordinator for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “Louisiana’s coast is a petri dish right now. Practically every conservation organization on the planet is down there studying coastal marsh loss and struggling with ­property-​rights issues. A lot of states are watching what happens in Louisiana, even with its specific legal systems and issues.”

woman fishing louisiana

A fly angler casts to redfish in Louisiana.

Jessica Haydahl Richardson

Home Waters

Randy Moertle cuts the outboard motor, and we drift along the edge of a sprawling marsh-ringed lake. Puffy clouds overhead are mirrored in hundreds of acres of open water. On a spit of high land sits a simple, metal-roofed camp. There’s a pirogue, a johnboat, and a four-wheeler under a shed. Those are the only structures in sight.

To any angler or hunter, this place looks like a piece of heaven. Moertle manages 18,000 acres of marsh, open water, and high ground for Clovelly Farms, a large agricultural enterprise in Lafourche Parish—the ball of the foot in Louisiana’s boot-shaped profile. Clovelly Farms runs leases for crabbing, sugarcane, cattle, alligator hunting, alligator-egg collecting, commercial catfishing, oystering, a boat launch, and numerous private fishing and hunting camps. This particular leaseholder, Moertle tells me, pays $400 a year for the cabin and $4 an acre for the marsh and open water for hunting and fishing. It’s not a wealthy fat cat’s retreat, Moertle says. These are welders, shrimpers, and university professors. Most of his lessees pay less than $1,500 a year for their camps, which are often handed down from one generation to the next. “This is part of Louisiana’s culture,” he says. “I could lease the entire 18,000 acres to a corporation and walk away from all the paperwork. But these camps are like family. You take this from the people, and they would die inside.”

Aside from their property-rights concerns, landowners and property managers like Moertle fear that a widespread opening of coastal ­Louisiana’s private waters to the ­public—​which is advocated by many in the sporting community—would wreak havoc on private property where enormous sums of money have been spent on private and private-public marsh restoration and mitigation projects. If private waters were opened to the public, issues of trespass on adjacent marshes would skyrocket, they say, and marsh would be increasingly degraded by overuse. “And the oil and gas industries are shaking in their boots over liability issues if they have to open their pipeline canals to the public,” Moertle says.

 

As Moertle sees it, social media has empowered and emboldened a relatively small number of private ­citizens—​charter captains, mostly—to organize a near-takeover of private property. “The problem is that some people want to be able to go everywhere, all the time,” he says. “But nobody is going to give up their property rights.”

Duck hunter

Fowl Play: A Louisiana duck hunter starts setting his decoy spread.

Hollis Bennett

Moertle runs the boat down a picket fence of white PVC pipe that the leaseholder put in to mark a single channel through the pond to minimize his boat’s impact on the marsh bottom. I look around at marsh without a piece of trash, with a minimal human footprint, windswept and wild. Who wouldn’t want a spot like this? Louisiana is such a thorny mess because, in large measure, all sides present compelling arguments. No one wants to go to court: The state can’t afford to litigate the issue parcel by parcel, and private landowners aren’t eager to take a chance that they will lose billions. But who wants the current situation either, rife with resentment and threats of violence and utter confusion on the public’s part about where it’s legal to wet a line in south Louisiana?

I spent the next day in one of the frequently cited hot­spots of the public-waters fight—Grand Isle, a barrier island and marsh complex—with Daryl Carpenter, a charter captain and board member of the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Coalition. The group advocates for public-waters access, and Carpenter had no trouble pointing out posted signs, gated canals, and tidal creeks barricaded with floating barrels and chains.

But it wasn’t until the end of the day that the stakes were made clear. Carpenter pulled out his cellphone. “Looka here,” he said, showing me a photo of three little girls from Baton Rouge who he’d had on the boat the day before. They landed redfish and trout, giggling with each catch, and then the youngest, a 4-year-old, hooked into a ladyfish. “That’s the poor man’s tarpon,” Carpenter said. “The fish went to jumping and running, and I promise you everybody within 2 miles heard that little girl squealing: ‘I got him! I got him! He’s jumping, but I got him!’”

He puts his phone down and looks off toward the water, his lower lip trembling. Carpenter can be a gruff man. He courts controversy. But like so many in Louisiana, the notion of losing access to places where a ladyfish can light up the day touches a deep place. “Those little girls are what this fight is about,” he says. “If we don’t figure this out…” His voice trails off as he presses his hands one into the other, forearms tensing to check his emotion.

Redfishing in Louisiana

Red Head: Louisiana’s world-class ­fishing for redfish attracts anglers from all over the country.

Jessica Haydahl Richardson

Balancing Act

The alliance between the Gulf Coast’s wild coastline, agriculture, oil and gas industry, and the fishing and hunting communities has never been an easy one, but if Louisiana finds a path forward, it could become a model for other states. “If we can turn the heat down in Louisiana, cooler heads can navigate these issues with a scalpel and not an ax,” says S. Beaux Jones, a Louisiana private-practice attorney who served as the environmental section chief for the state’s Department of Justice. The solution to public-​waters-​access conflicts in Louisiana and across the country needs to approach what some water-rights experts have called the “Goldilocks ratio,” a just-right balance of public access and protection of ­private-​­property rights. It’s easy to talk about but has proven elusive to strike so far.

That’s why what is happening on the Louisiana coast is related to courtrooms in Colorado, streamsides in Utah, and brook trout ponds in Maine. America is at a fever pitch grappling with public rights to land and water, fish and wildlife, because the future of fishing and hunting lies in the balance. But this national conversation over public-waters access can lead to concrete gains for anglers and hunters.

 

“We’ve grappled before with how to balance development and conservation and protectionism,” Jones tells me. “In the past, we had the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Gifford Pinchot, and John Muir to guide our thinking as we formed policies around these pillars of American conservation and access. Now we’re faced with re-examining our core beliefs about a world humans have altered so much. I’m heartened because I’m starting to see the courage to ask the tough questions.”

The answers will only come from a new era of Roosevelts and Leopolds who can lead sportsmen and -women to think critically about public interests and private rights, and ensure that their voices are heard. The water wars are raging, and for anglers, duck hunters, birdwatchers, and boaters, there is enormous ground at stake.


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Points of Access

From anchoring to wading to camping on a riverbed, here’s a look at how your access to public waters could be limited.

river access illustration

Special Report: Points of Access

Mike Sudal

Navigability
In general, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that waterways are considered “navigable” if they were used or were able to be used for commerce at the time a state entered the Union. Commerce isn’t restricted to typical boating and shipping, but could also be logging, trapping, or even trade with native tribes. Navigable waters are open to public use, but some states are more restrictive than others.

Overland Access
Can you drop a canoe (1) into navigable waters at a bridge crossing? Depends on where you live. States like California and Montana have established legal access along some state roads and bridges, but check laws first.

Stream Bottoms
In states such as Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, private ownership of the streambed means fishermen and boaters cannot touch the bottom of the river, stream, or creek—not with a wading boot, paddle or oar, or an anchor (2). And theoretically, not even with a crankbait or weighted nymph rig.

Ordinary High-Water Mark
Some states allow public access to private lands between the ordinary high-water mark and the water’s edge (3). The ordinary high-water mark is the line the water makes by covering land for enough time to create physical characteristics that distinguish it from the land above the line. It doesn’t include floodplains. In those states, you can walk, wade (4), and even camp—most commonly on sandbars, gravel beaches, and some islands—below the ordinary high-water mark.

Portaging
Some states express a “right to portage” that allows boaters to access private lands adjacent to public waters when scouting river hazards (5) or pulling equipment around river hazards as long as the most direct route closest to the water course is followed. But some states don’t.

The States of Access

Efforts to privatize waters are on the rise around the U.S. Here are nine states where fights have been won, battles lost, and where skirmishes continue in the effort to maintain access to America’s sporting traditions.

Arizona
The Arizona Navigable Stream Adjudication Commission (ANSAC) has determined that the Colorado River is the only navigable river on which the public can float through private land without the landowner’s permission. Decisions from ANSAC have determined that the Gila, Upper Salt, and Verde rivers are all nonnavigable, and more determinations are forthcoming.

Colorado
You can be cited for trespassing in Colorado if you float over a streambed adjacent to private property, because the state has never declared what constitutes a navigable stream. A court case is currently underway between an angler and a landowner on the Arkansas River, but the state of Colorado has moved to dismiss the case, citing it doesn’t have standing.

Florida
A state law, effective July 1, 2018, has barred the public from the dry-sand beach above the high-tide line in certain counties, setting up a public-waters-access fight. The law held that any county that had on the books by January 2016 a “customary use law” allowing pubic access to the beach could keep it, but elsewhere private landowners could close the beaches. The law is widely viewed as targeting the Panhandle’s Walton County, particularly, where 4 million tourists a year aren’t appreciated by wealthy beachfront landowners.

Maine
Here, a colonial-era law guarantees public ownership and access to the state’s 2,600 “great ponds”—any freshwater lake larger than 10 acres—as long as you walk in over “unimproved land.” But increasing lakeshore development is shutting out more and more anglers as the lands around the lakes are being snapped up by private buyers.

Montana
Upheld by the state supreme court in 1984, Montana’s Stream Access Law is considered the pinnacle of public-​waters-access rules: It allows the public to wade any navigable streambed and walk on the adjacent shore of private land as long as they stay below the ordinary high-water mark.

New Mexico
Anglers in New Mexico applauded in 2014 when the state attorney general issued an opinion that all state fishing streams are public-domain waters and open to fishing and walking, even when flowing through private property. But that was an opinion, not a law. And in the closing days of 2017, the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission adopted a rule that allows private landowners to apply for certification that their streams are nonnavigable and off-limits to the public.

North Carolina
In December 2016, the state supreme court let stand an appeal of a lower ruling that upheld the public’s use of the state’s beaches between the high-tide line and front edge of the dunes. A New Jersey couple had sued the town of Emerald Isle in a case that could have created a domino effect of beachfront owners barring ­access to surf anglers, surfers, and beachcombers.

South Dakota
In an unusual twist, South Dakota is struggling with how to manage surface waters that have appeared only over the last few decades. Increased rainfall in the 1990s created “nonmeandered lakes” in the northeast part of the state as low basins filled with water. Many of these developed prize perch and walleye fisheries due to stocking by the state and were long accessed by the public. But a law passed in a 2017 special legislative session allows landowners to petition the state to close nonmeandered lakes on their private property, resulting in a lockout of anglers who helped pay for the fish and improved water access in the first place.

Utah
The Utah Stream Access Coalition has sued to challenge a law that makes it illegal for the public to touch the bottom of privately held streams and would eliminate wading access to more than 2,700 miles—43 percent—of state waters. Another court case is being tried that could formally recognize which streams and rivers are designated as “navigable” and therefore open to public access.

 
28 Jan

TomL – Fishing Report – 28-Jan-2019

See report.

28 Jan

Great looking new deck on a 17 year old boat

The Safe Floor team did an installation today in Venice, LA for Mr. Lenny Poche on his 2002 22’ Bay Stealth. This was a…

Posted by Safe Floor of Louisiana on Monday, January 28, 2019

28 Jan

Sweetwater Marina

Last week was a bit challenging with the awful weather, but this weekend
turned out to be a beautiful, although slightly chilly. Hope you came out to
join in on some of the action. It was nice to see the SUN again. ☀️ 🌞

Friday, we had the pleasure of having a couple of our favorite customers
come in from Alabama, for a little day trip to Delacroix. We always enjoy
having Ms. Shannon & her friend here at Sweetwater Marina. 💙🚤

Saturday seemed to start out a little slow. We did have a couple anglers
get 34 trout on Lake Amadee side of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs. The secret to
their catch was, get a deep hole and fish the bottom with live shrimp. 🦐 🐠
We had Blake Gagnon, Phillip Smith, and friend launch at Sweetwater
Marina. Their early morning started super slow, but they found a nice
grass line and got a 3-man limit of reds in about 30 minutes. On their way
back in to the launch they stopped at a spot they fished earlier in the
day and caught 5 nice drum. 🎣
Mr. Jay Platt brought his wife here, it was their first-time fishing in
Delacroix. They only caught 1 red, but they enjoyed learning a new area
and getting out of the house. 🐟

What a big difference a day makes. Sunday was great for redfish in Lake
John, Shrimp Lagoon, & Shell Lake. We had several reports of anglers
limiting out on reds in those areas.

The Flip Flop weather isn’t helping the fishing any, but the next best day
will be Friday, it’s going to be start of better fishing conditions.🌬☃️☔️☀️🌊🌫

Don’t forget we have all you need for a successful fishing trip; live bait, ice, non-ethanol fuel, snacks, drinks, and tackle. Come check out our bait shop before heading out into the water. 🦐

Need lodging or want to book a charter, call Kelly 504-342-2368. Monday-Friday 9-5. We have newly renovated and decorated 1 and 2 bedroom suites. Want to go fishing. Capt. Jack will take you. All you need to bring is a chest to bring your cleaned fish home in. Bring the family or just for a get-a-way. Valentines 💝and Mardi Gras 🎭 are around the corner what a great idea to come to Sweetwater Marina.

27 Jan

Delacroix Silverwonders

Team Jo-Jo

A few couple of R&R guest have question us as to when we think the Silverwodners will show up, the last few couple years the pattern as me see it has changed, catches have been moving later and later in the year, with the last 3-4 years similar to 2018 February diary below. I take on that is up north freezes, Mississippi drops, river water stops flowing at Mardi Gras pass, and water changes, (clarity / salt) throughout the Delacroix for the good, and the Silverwodners show up, but a little farther out then me normally fish, i.e. east for the spider canal out toward Four Horse.

Team Jo-Jo diary from 2018 for the month of February as follows:

Date:     Spot #’s on the map: Silverwonders:

2/8/18   Lake P                                 Zip

2/9/18   17-C                                     (22) T

2/12/18 Delacroix                           (30) R

2/15/18 17-C                                    5) T

2-20-18 Carr Dr.                               6) B

2/24/18 5 & 17C                              (28) T    @ 5(2) T / 17C (26) T

2-26-18 17-C                                     12) T

Looking forward to February 2019 fishing, just don’t know where me be fishing at.

March 2018, ((9) trips (338) T caught) will be the month for the true tell of the status (2019) Silverwonders and that of the catching Silverwonders down Delacroix way. Last year we were forced to travel farther out to unknown areas to catch the Silverwodners. Will post the spot numbers we fished in March 2018 when March 2019 comes around.

April and into mid-May, (2018) were also great months, ((27) trips (1,097 T) for catching in 2018, all be it in & around Four Horse / Twin Pipeline areas, areas of which me don’t normally fish.

These next few months may define, confirm, and / or suggest what our Disney World known as Delacroix Island may have, and / or has developed into as far as saltwater fishing / catching of the Silverwonders in that area.

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Comments Welcome please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 Jan

4 off to search for Redowrriers

TEAM JO-JO:

Team Jo-Jo schedule lunch trip to Mississippi, Big T-Doc had other plans, (ne needed a crew to help move an anchor from one house to the other) for us but it got cancelled so we just all ate lunch and talked fishing for an hour or two.

At our lunch me offered a trip for that evening, but had all fair weather fisherpersons at the lunch, no one to challenge the rain.

We did however get a trip plan for today, Big T-Doc offered to take his boat and be Captain for the day, joining him was Big Pablo, (his regular first mate) Big PJ, and Oneofthepack would be on board his 23 foot Sea Chaser come Saturday morning for a run around the Bayou Bienvenue area.

SIGNS:

  • Had a great lunch at Tony’s
  • Work detail cancelled
  • Anticipation from Wednesday to Saturday’s trip was a little nerve racking.
  • Plan was me to pick up Big PJ at 5:00 Am and meet up with Big Pablo at his house, and Big T-Doc was to pick us all up over there for 5:30 AM, it was a perfect time line / meet up.
  • Made a stop at Ed’s lunch off Paris Road, picked up 120 live shrimp, some of us needed a little more help with the catching.
  • Past Bayou Bienvenue up we thought it would be to crowed
  • When we got to Gulf Outlet Mariner, boast backed up to the raid, but that was Bass Tournament boats, so we went right up front and lunched with no problem
  • Passed on fishing THE PEN, me wanted to hit Big Pablo top secret spot, they caught 25 plus Silverwonders, & Redworries Friday morning, so we had some real fresh Intel to chase.

CONDITIONS:

  • Perfect
  • S.E. wind 6-8 than 10-12 mph
  • Sunny & clear, a little cloudy in the AM
  • Cold, cool, mild temps
  • Kept me jumpsuit on all day
  • Water level up 4-6”
  • Water temp 51.9F
  • Me think we had a slack tide, on the way out nothing moving in the locks, on the way back it was pouring out the locks, assume that be a falling tide
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a mix on a 7 and a 3 minus depending on where you fishing.
  • Me did not know they had than boats in Louisiana, they be coming from Shell Beach running to Bayou Bienvenue, they be coming from Bayou Bienvenue running to Shell Beach, and some just kept running back and forth to each area, lots of boats out and about.
  • Bait all over the top of water in MRGO
  • We say a school of something coming down MRGO, it was smashing bait in the water, but we were not to coordinated (this be one of a few couple items that pooped up on the trip and could have taken us out of our game, but that not to be on Capt T-Doc watch) toady, as me got me line caught on the trolling motor, and we could not chase the fish.

TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:

  • Be safe
  • Have fun
  • Put some run time on 23 foot SeaChaser, and the black Mercury.
  • 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.
  • Learn Big Pablo top secret spot
  • Learn how to fish MRGO from Big Pablo & Big T-Doc
  • See what lures they use to catch in the above areas
  • Introduce Big PJ to Big T-Doc * Big Pablo so that is they ever need a crew member they can call Big PJ, me know he be glad to jump on board any time and to make a trip.
  • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind at our back, and pushed us along the rocks, trolling motor just kept us on the correct angle & distance to fish the rocks. Big T-Doc was our trolling motor operator, he gave up fishing so we could have the best boat position and angle to the rocks.)
  • MOVING WATER: (Big T-Doc kept saying no tide today, and we could not see any signs of one, except when we went through the locks, if me had to guess we had a slack tide, turned and started to fall late in the evening.)
  • WATER CALRITY: (It was a 7 at Big Pablo top secret spot, but in and around Bayou Bienvenue it was a 3 minus, not looking good at all, but we had the best and the worst to fish, and we caught a few in both conditions.)
  • HOLDING FISH: (THE PEN)
  • PATIENTS: ( Needed some today, slow action day, (except for THE PEN. ) trying to learning the area, and techniques helped pass the time, but not knowing that already also made it a little more of a challenge to keep focus, for me anyway.)
  • SKILL: (Pratices what Big T-Doc & Big Pablo preached)
  • LUCK: (Having Big T-Doc and Big Pablo show us around)
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………25% FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY
  • Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)…………… 45 % FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY
  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID ONT TRY
  • 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………NONE
  • Live bait…………………30 CAUGHT WITH LIVE BAIT

·      LURE DU JOURE:

  • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….30% CAUGHT W/THIS LURE
  • 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
    • SHRIMP CREOL 20%
  • 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/
  • Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY

AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

Big Pablo top secrete spot, made a top at THE PEN on the way in got into some Redworrier action.

OUR REWARDS:

  • Lived to fish another day
  • (18) Silverwonders (13) throw backs
  • (40) Redworries, 32 Ratworriers
  • (1) Flounder
  • (1) Bass
  • (1) Stripe Bass
  • (7) Drum
  • (6) Sheepsheads
  • (10) Bottoms
  • (7) Popped lines bottom
  • (3) Extra poles
  • (4) Tangled lines
  • We dropped the trolling motor over to move us around, the wire pulls out of the plug, once again Big T-Doc fixing it and not fishing, he be a one of a kind Team Jo-Jo Captain
  • Me caught the trolling motor, knocked it out of action, used just the wind to move us around, not good
  • We had two cast interference, unlike the Saints game me called it and penalized 2 minutes in the no cast zone.
  • Lots of clean cool fresh air in me lungs
  • Hint of a tan on me face
  • Hooked meself in me finger bleed like a stuff pig
  • Great food and drinks, (made to order) as provide by Big T-Doc and his lovely lady Big Carol, thanks go much appreciated.
  • Spending the day aboard the SeaChase with (3) of the best fisherpersons me know, priceless it be.
  • A Seagull dived down and peck up me Top dog, but let it go real quick
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

Big PJ jumped out front quickly, (2) Silverwonders, and (1) Flounder, we all did not know what to do, we kept trying to mimic his technique and presentation. As the morning progressed and Big PJ slowed down, crew started to catch up with a few catching of our own. Than Big PJ catches the next biggest Redworrier, now once again he be (All be it slim) leading the pack. Me had to deduct a few points for Big PJ catching of the extra poles once & twice. Plus he had a cast interference call go against him too, another point or two gone, this left the door open for Big Pablo aggressive pursuit of the fishes for today.

Big Pablo, a fishing / catching machine, once he finds his groove he is on a roll, he cornered the Sheepshead market, and led in the drum category, and me quite sure he had a marginal led with the Silverwodners. Big Pablo also got a cast interference call, he too had a point or two taken away, couple this with the jig head to jig head hit call, and it all be even at this point.

Oneofthepack struggled all day, lures did not seem to work well for me, but they worked for the other fisherpersons, me just had an off day. Me did catch the biggest Redworrier of the day, and a few Silverwonders, but it not be enough for me even to be considered for the fisherperson of the day honors.

Big T-Doc being the Captain / unselfish gentlemen he is,    offered to operate the trolling motor (wind was a little strong and blowing us directly to the rocks) and not fish so boat could have the best / ideal position, & angel to the rocks so his crew would catch fish and have a great time. Three fins up for our captain, for his offering today Big T-Doc gets honorable mention for fisherperson of the day, and a 3 point lead on our next trip before we even leave the dock.

All of the above now leads us at a tie between Big PJ & Big Pablo, so me says, we have 39 Redworries, whoever catches the 40th Redworrier will be fisherperson of the day. They both threw out at the same time, both baits hit the water at the same time.

Big Pablo sets the hook, set, re- set, Redworrier making its way in, but………wait…….Redworrier gest off.

Big PJ set right behind that of Big Pablo, Big Pablo quickly reloads and is back in the water, Big PJ set is a good set, he be reeling a lot faster now than any other time of the trip. Big Pablo gets another set, this time hook set deep, but Big PJ swings in the 4oth Redworrier before Big Pablo could get his in.

Big PJ fisherperson of the day, me think his Flounder did the trick, first Flounder me seen in a long, long, long time.

SUGGESTIONS:

Might want to bring live and/or dead bait with you, lures don’t seem to work well at this time of year, and present water conditions.

Fish father down the MRGO, past castle, the water looked a lot better there.

Fish corks along the rocks, as you will hang up a lot if you don’t.

Check out the action in THE PEN

PONDER OF THE DAY:

You’ve gotta fish like there’s nobody watching

O & A:

Is it possible for a fisherperson to fathom the true depths of fishing and catching?

TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

Sunday open, hope to be fishing somewhere, somehow, until then:

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

26 Jan

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

I was hoping one of my fishing buddies would pull me to fish another area this weekend.  No such luck.  Kind of hard to get excited about fishing Delacroix right now.  I managed to trick Lucy into getting out into the cold today.  We tried all the deeper Oak River holes that we know, boomerangs on the fish finder everywhere, but no takers in the cold dirty river water.  It was challenging to get her to fish with the cold and nothing to push us on.  I barely managed to finesse a few hardheads to bite, geesh.

What hit the boat:

2 hardheads

 

23 Jan

Sweetwater Marina

Now that we are trying to get past the pain of last weekend and duck
season has ended, we are looking forward to a good weather weekend to come
fishing in Delacroix!

With the weather in the mid to upper 50’s and no rain in the forecast
after tomorrow, it’s time to get your pole in the water!! Come visit us at
Sweetwater Marina and get in on some Redfish action!

The Redfish are everywhere! This is a fact! We have been having a few
anglers give reports of trout also. The north side of Four Horse, Lake
John, Four Corners and Oak River are the reports coming in this week. One
angler said he and a couple friends caught 74 trout, and another angler
and a few
friends caught 51 trout in Four Corners. That’s incentive to get out
there and get your fishing on!

Sweetwater Marina & Capt. Jack would greatly appreciate, 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.

We have live shrimp!

Our bait shop also has ice, fuel, tackle, and snacks so come visit us at
Sweetwater Marina, to start your fishing trip off right.

We do have some boat sheds available. If you are interested or need more
info, please call Kelly at 504-342-2368 Monday- Friday from 9am-5pm.

If you need lodging, we do have some beautiful lodges, looking out at the
beautiful Delacroix water. We are in the most convenient location, which
is right across from our marina. Stay with us and get a launch free! Call
and book with Kelly. You won’t be disappointed.

Want to come fishing, and don’t have a boat? Book a Charter. Want to go
fishing and not have to worry about where to go, getting stuck or having
to load the boat? Want to go fishing with your kids or people that don’t
fish much, but don’t want to worry about untangling lines, showing them
how to cast and helping them do everything on board? If that is the case,
Captain Jack is your man! He will have you, your family, kids, everyone
laughing all day. He has a great personality. He is wonderful with any age
group. He knows the waters and where the fish are! Want to book a trip
with the amazing Captain Jack? Call 504-342-2368 and Kelly will set you
up! Don’t forget you can lodge with us, as well!

Call us here at Sweetwater to check prices, book lodging, charters, etc.
504-342-2368

Remember to come see us at Sweetwater Marina, the marina that loves their
customers!