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Sweetwater Marina

504-453-8382
Who dat baby🖤💛🏈…boy was that a heart breaker yesterday or what?!?💔😢 But..We played tough and hard. Captain Jack says he can’t wait for next year. As far as the Marina business, it’s been sucking this winter due to the weather. The redfishing has been pretty good. However, the trout fishing hasn’t been to good since Captain Jack & I (Sierra) went out this past Thursday. This has been one of the craziest and coldest winters Captain Jack says he can remember. ❄️🌨We are waiting for the thaw to come🌥⛅️🌤☀️, so the trout 🐟 will go back to biting. The trout are there; they are just laid on the bottom getting leech bites. Sorry about the no live shrimp. That’s about to change here in the next week. Like we said before our shrimper is getting his other motor put on his boat (his other one broke) (then he got the flu 🤧😷). So, he should be back at it by next week 🦐. Not that the live shrimp would’ve done us much good, because the water is too cold for the trout to bite. I’m sure the weather will break, the water will warm back up and things will get good again. This time of the year…Delacroix is known for its fantastic trout fishing..just waiting on the weather to cooperate and go back to normal. Everyone pray 🙏🏻 let it warm back up, so we can fish, fish, fish! It’s suppose to warm up to 74 Sunday…so maybe we can all make it out then. We do have boat sheds available. Call to ask questions or reserve one 504-342-2368. When we have one open, it doesn’t last long. We only have a few that people rotate in and out of. Most of our boat shed customers are long term. They each have water and electricity going to them. Once they are gone..they are gone. Book now! Also, our lodging has some openings. But you know how it goes…it books quick, when the weather is its normal self! If you need specific dates, don’t wait to reserve your room. Here at Sweetwater we keep it professional, safe, clean and comfortable for all of our guest. You have your own privacy. It’s in the most convenient location…right across from our Marina and Bayou Gentilly. So easy. If you stay with us, you get free launches and can keep your boat in the water overnight. Also, each room comes with its own parking space underneath (reserved only for you). We have it all right here at Sweetwater. You can call 504-342-2368 with any questions or to reserve your dates today. We do have charters available. Our captains will make sure you return happy and with a box full of fish. You won’t regret a guided charter trip. They are made for you to relax for a day on the water, let the captains take control, let them put you on the fish and untangle anything you mess up…you won’t have to waste your time worrying about unhooking the fish or anything. You’ll get an experience of a lifetime and memories that last forever. Book today. We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater…no matter what it’s for! We love, appreciate and care for each of our customers. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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MORE GREAT TRIPS FOR REDS… This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of guiding the Maeshack brothers, first time customers from the Shreveport area. John, Janneh, Dennis, and Jonathan joined me for a day of fishing and found the redfish hungry and ready to bite. Things started a bit slow but as the day warmed things improved or maybe we just found them stacked up. Whatever the case, we completed a limit of nice reds around noon on Tuesday. We then tried a few spots for sheepshead and drum but found none of the striped fish that wanted to join the party. Nothing to complain about though, with the reds that were on ice. Also a bunch more were caught and released while looking for the bonus fish so lots of action on this day. On Wednesday, John and Janneh joined me for a second day of fishing. Unfortunately, Dennis and Jonathan had to return to work and were not able to stay and fish. The redfish were plentiful again on this day and it only took one stop to boat a 3 man limit. We were even more determined to find some bonus fish on day 2 but only managed to find one sheepshead and one bass to add to the box of redfish. A bunch more reds were released after our limit was reached so lots of fish catches were recorded on this trip as well. I want to thank all of the Maeshack brothers for day one and John and Janneh for day 2 of their trip, 2 great days on the water spent with good people. I  look forward to future trips with this crew! LOTS OF OPENINGS FOR JANUARY SO GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS! THE REDS ARE THRIVING THIS WINTER IN THE COLD.   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER    

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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REDFISH STILL BITING… On Thursday I had the pleasure of guiding good friend and customer Paul Collins and his daughter Calli from the Houston area, who had a swim meet in Baton Rouge this weekend. Paul had fished with a group a while back and showed Calli some pictures from the trip so she was excited about coming to fish with us.  She fishes a good bit back home and after a few instructions was casting the spinning reels with ease. Quite the competitor, Calli did a great job on the hard fighting redfish and she also landed the only sheepshead for the day, impressive for a young lady only eight years old. Paul and Calli enjoyed  some of the redfish and the sheepshead at Voleo’s for dinner after the charter, a great way to end the day. Thanks again to Paul and Calli for another great day on the water spent with good people. I look forward to their return! LOTS OF OPENINGS RIGHT NOW SO COME ON DOWN AND ENJOY SOME FANTASTIC WINTER FISHING!   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER    

Team Jo-Jo 2017 year end review

Team Jo-Jo / Oneofthepack (Snap shot) of fish diary:   Total years monitored:                  32                          (1986 to 2017 & counting) Avg. # of trips/year:                        54.91                    (Since retirement Avg. trips / year increased by 45-50%) T.T. fish caught:                               68,038.00            approximately (95% Silverwonders) (96% caught Delacroix) Avg. fish caught/year:                    2,126.19              (Best years 2009 (4,125) & 2015 (4,447)) Avg. fish / trip:                                 38.72                    (Best years 2995 (61.57) & 2009 (63.46)   Noted influences on fishing & catching:   10-3-87 heard (Delacroix Bayou Gently) story of a 6’-6 “ 212# Tarpon going through a butter fly net and into the boat 11/8/87 new law 12” size limit on Silverwonders 12-22-89 hard freeze fish kill 12/29/90 Hard freeze fish kill 8-11-91 bought Sonofthepack a 9.5 motor & flat fish Chef area 10/19/91 bought new flat for Sonofthepack, he and Big Mark limited out on Silverwonders On their madden voyage to Delacroix 1993 Caernarvon Siphon open 4/23/93 Queen Jo-Jo Marie Laveau (aka Jo-Jo borne 3-5-93 white female Labrador) she be Sonofthepack duck hunting partner and me fishing partner for 13 years. 2005 Hurricane Katrine Mardi Gras Pass developed Pointe Ala Hache (Don’t know the history and / or time line) 2008 March open spillway 2010 hard freeze fish kill 2011 Deep water Horizon 2013 Retire fish more / work less 2016 open spill way 1-10-16   Having a history of your catches, and when coupled with a diary narrative of the particulars of every trip, me feel is advantages for various reasons: History / Intel from past trip can be used to help plan / strategized your future trips, techniques & presentation. Allows you to share actual real time conditions / success and pertinent Intel / info with your team and fellow fisherpersons in a timely manner. Its your score card, it represents the fair / good / best success of your past trips, might even help you from not making the same mistakes twice and help you duplicate your success of the best trips. You can compare past weather conditions, tides, water clarity, winds, etc. (re: the 7 criteria of catching) and see how you strategized, what techniques you used to fish those various conditions. You can compare what baits work best on each trip, presentations of bait too. It also acts as a dairy for when you lose some desire, (i.e. age / health / etc.) to go fish, you can always go back and review past trips from years gone by and relive them, having pictures to support those trips is a BIG plus. This be the time in life me think more about this advantage of a diary. One other thing me think a diary is good for, when your son, daughter, grandkids, nieces & nephews, family wonder what you enjoyed in life, they will have a fair accurate understanding of what it was, and have plenty pictures of the trips and fisherperson on them with you. Me have (2) volume book diaries full of hand written Intel /dated / notes / etc., started doing this in 1984. After 2005 (Katrina) me started to post trip Intel on rodnreel.com along with pictures, and me now save each post for future review / reference. As me was putting this post together, me saw then in the late 70’s and into the 80’s the Bulk Terminal was a favorite honey hole for me. Technique was sliding corks, (have not used them in years) and live shrimp. Back then me had a 25 foot trawl, pull, (Dyke canal, and/or mouth racing boat ally up or down Bayou Bienvenue) it for 10-15 minutes caught 200-300 shrimp and that be me bait for the day.   Technique was to drop bow anchor in 25-30 feet of water back down on Chalmette side of Intercostal into 3-4 feet of  drop stern anchor, than pull be out to where me startled the drop off around 15 feet, lock both anchors down to stay in that position.   Me would fish with 3 poles, each set at different depths, 8, 10, and 12 feet once me got a hit me would set all 3 rods to that depth. Me also had a 4th rig for fishing with lures to paces the time away while waiting for the Silverwonders to turn on.   At me honey hole across from Bulk Terminal me was introduce to the slaughter pole technique of fishing, me mean catching. It was a 16 foot fiberglass pole that telescoped out from 6 feet to 16 feet. It was rigged with 60# mono, sliding sinker ½ oz., and 12-16 “leader, a hook, and live shrimp was the bait. Me watch a fishermen and his fisherperson load the boat up with BIG Silverwonders. They called me over, but me told them me just wanted to watch, latter they told me and showed me their technique / rig. Needless to say me bought one the next day, had a little success but not enough for me to use all the time. Did catch a BIG jack fish on it, what a fight it was.   Hope you enjoyed me memory lane, also hope you too will start your own diary & picture for you’re and others reviewing pleasures, be out on the water soon, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-jo & Oneofthepack

Disney retreat Delacroix Way

TEAM JO-JO:   No plan to go, but it was too long to be off the water, Loveoftheapck out of town, now was the time to go. Emailed Big Bud (aka Eastofmrgo) but he still busy at the home with honey dues. So rather than post for first mate, (not knowing what to expect on trip, had very low expectations) me decided to just do a sola trip.   SIGNS:   Restless night, Loveoftheapck no home never sleep well with her away Went to bed not sure if me going fishing, but after counting 150 fish to go to sleep it was a done deal No alarm clock needed, internal alarm woke me up at 5:30 AM, still not sure about trip, but them me got on rodnreel.com, read fishing magazine, now it was on No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Not many boast out and about, Hwy, gas station, and even the launches only had a few. All the campers that stay down, even they did not have many boast ready to go, this not good Passed on McDonnel, Waffle House, and Last Stop food store. Check pint Abel, water level up 8-10” at canal at junction Check pint Bravo, water moving very slowly at Reggio canal Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she look like who are you, how quick those ladies forgets when you absent for a while. Quick work loading her up, Yamaha Dream Machine just that, she fired up and was ready to go with one turn of the key. She reached 300 hours today, it seems like only yesterday me had her on her madden voyage / run, and she would not run, but Boat Stuff made it good. Stopped at Lionel for some ice, one boat lunched, he a solo too, and heading to Lake Robin. Now the real question, where to start me day, # 20 kept popping up in me head, so spot # 20 it be. ON eh way out me saw a bay boat coming in with 2 fisherperson in it, now that could be a good sign, or a bad sign. Me started to wave them down and get some Intel, but me decided me did want to be influence by their comments, me much rather solve the puzzle / equations meself.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Strong east wind 8-10, then S.S.E., then calm, then S.S.W 8-10 Partly cloudy, sun came out, off went jump suite, over cast moved in with cool temps, on went jump suite, nice perfect temperature all day No rain at all, got into a little mist in canal back to slip, not bad Water Level up 18-20” from last trip Water temp stated out 60.1F (up 20* from last trip) got to a high of 62.4 F Tide falling most of the day, strong in cuts, slow n open water. Around 1:26 PM water stopped moving, never did see it come in, me stopped fishing around 2:40 Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was: Oak River and North / South pipeline a 3 minus All others areas a 6 plus, looked just like me like it, clears and dark looking water At first me was the only boat in sight, they did not start coming out until after 9:30 AM, saw a few but not many running around.   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. Try some spot numbers me have not tried for years, see if they can produce more action, and if they still have the same conditions, (i.e. depth, edges, drop offs, etc.) Run & gun, 2-3 cast nothing move on, get to as many spots as me could for the day, see how conditions looked, no action move on. Relax & play while the cat is way HAD TO ADD 2 MORE FUNDAMENTASL / CRITERIA OF ACTHIN TO BELWO. Find a spot # with the SEVEN fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not a problem, we have many spot numbers to fish the winds we had today, plus it helped with the Oak River Troll technique, and also the Oak River Reverse Troll technique.)   MOVING WATER: (Moved all day up till about 1:30 PM, had current lines all over to fish work, cuts had strong moving water, open water had a slow move)   WATER CALRITY: (Loved it, me could have fished it all day without even getting a bite that is how pretty it looked. This is me number one criteria of the bunch, me confidence level high when me have this condition.)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 2, and spot # 5 produced multiple Silverwodners)   PATIENTS: ( Reached spot # 20 at 8:10, 1st Silverwonder at 10:26, and then another, action did not pick back up till around 12:20, that be when the reds, and Silverwonder turned on and gave me crazy 10 minutes.)   SKILL: (Me used every technique me had, wrack me brains for every bit of knowledge me knew with regards to lure presentation / technique, areas to fish, drop offs, channels, edges, shallow, and deep, had the skill but was missing criteria # 7.)   LUCK: (This criteria be always be needed, it just part of the combinations of all above that come together, (it even helps when skill levels are down) with it, me consider todays trip to be very lockable for / to me.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………90% FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(4) fish caught this way   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..(2) FISH CAUGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..(3) FISH CAUGHT THIS WAY     Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   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…………….30% CAUGHT WITH 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……………70% CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE   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     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   # 20, 21 (2)t, 22, 23, 23A, 24, 21, 20, 17, 2A  2 (11)T, 14,15,55 (1)T, 56, 6, 5 (4)T, 2 (4)T, 18, 18A, 18B (4)T, 18C, 18D, 61C, 61D, 64, stopped fishing aournd2:40  turned rough for a bumpy ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (28) NMR Silverwonders. 20 throw backs (5) Rat reds all on Lemon Drop (1) Fresh water cat Got me very relaxing day, did not want to come home, but getting late and me know it was going to be a bumpy ride back Food for toady was provide by Big Curtis & Big May, had some left over peanut butter crackers, they were very much appreciated. It was nice to have the run of Delacroix, all me spots where empty, they did have a concentration of boats in Skippy Bay Got me head back on straight Realized that all me aches and pains may not be reel, most of them seem to disappear when me on the water, and when me have a tap on me line, nothing else in this world exist, just me and the Silverwonder. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Cisco and his crew, they caught 21 in Skippy Lake that be the best catch me heard of.   SUGGESTIONS:   As me understand it, no launches had live shrimp, so if you needed them you might want to call to make sure they have them, before you go down, and they only had frozen shrimp, which me don’t like to sue, me like fresh shrimp for dead bait. Water looking great, good tide movement, conditions are excellent, but you still “GOT TO GO TO KOW”   PONDER OF THE DAY:   I realize that every trip isn’t a work of catching   O & A:   What do you call it when a fisherperson with multiple personalities tries to kill shimself? Multiple spices!   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA: As it stand now, nothing plan, but tomorrow morning will be the tell, me check wind conditions and then make up go or no go, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Capt. Jack made a quick fishing trip today and talked to a lot of our customers that came in. Capt. Jack fished with his good friends Freddy Wirstrom and Dennis Galeas. They ended up with around 21 trout. They fished from about 2:30pm until dark. Most customers had a few reds. One guy returned with 25 trout from Point Fienne. They had a couple people return with good numbers of trout today. The highest number being 40…that we know of anyways. Tomorrow should be way better than today; the water should warm up a bit more. If you have a chance to come, I would suggest coming tomorrow. Over the weekend, it’s going to go back to being bone chillingly cold again….😒 So….if you are looking for some action, it looks like tomorrow is your last chance..before it goes to crap again. Hopefully, in the near future….when it warms up again, the trout fishing should be great. There are a lot of trout still on the interior of Delacroix…however, the weather isn’t giving us fair opportunity to get on them. We have some other good news…we have a couple boat sheds available for rent…just in time for late winter and early spring fishing…all we need is the weather to warm up..the speckled trout are there. Call now. We don’t have boat sheds open up often or for very long. So, if interested, call 504-342-2368. Have your boat, conveniently, stored right here at Sweetwater…no more hauling it back and forth…no more taking up space you could be using for something else. Each boat shed has water and electricity to it. If you keep your boat stored here at Sweetwater, your launch is free. Also..if you need certain dates for lodging or charters, you should call and book asap. You don’t want to miss out on the dates you are looking for. One good thing about the cold weather this weekend…the duck hunting should be way better than it has been. Capt. Jack has been talking to a few hunters here in Delacroix that say hunting has been better for them. Seems to be a lot of green wing teal. That all being said..if you are a fisherman, hope to see you tomorrow…if you are a duck hunter, hope to see you this weekend. Either way…we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves, cares for and appreciates their customers. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!

Lake P status / question

Just drove across the Hwy 11 Bridge along Lake P area was looking very inevitable for a trolling trip.   Saw many Loons just sitting on the water surface, this be a good sign.   Tide seem to be falling, with a N.N.E. wind 4-6 mph.   Me think me saw one bad sign me saw was the surface of the water had patches of bubbles / foam in many areas of the Lake P, not sure what they are, and / or what impact they may have on fishing / catching.   The only other condition me noticed was there was not one boat out and about, this got to be a bad sing for sure.   Me been off the water for a while, not much posting on past action / condition, any of you fisherperson been out and about in Lake P lately?   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Yes we are still alive here at Sweetwater. We haven’t frozen to death. There just hasn’t been enough to write about. A lot of redfish came in today, of course. Only a few handfuls of trout. The good news is..everything is warming up..weather, people, fish..etc. tomorrow’s action should be better than today. The air temp went up to 53 down here in Delacroix..The water temp is prob still 42-43. If you want to get in on some action before the saints game tomorrow, come on down. Sorry but we will not have live shrimp for tomorrow…our shrimper is putting a new motor on his boat..it prob won’t be until Monday or Tuesday until we get live shrimp…Possibly tomorrow. We do have plenty of dead. We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina…see ya tomorrow! Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!

JEWELRY FOUND IN DELACROIX

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TEAM WHALER FOUND A RING IN DELACROIX OVER THE HOLIDAYS.  OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS WE HAVE FOUND 2 OTHERS.   ALWAYS A GREAT ADDITIONAL TO ANY HUNT AND THE MEMORY BOX. BANDED NEAR BATON ROUGE IN APRIL OF 2017.

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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COLD WEATHER FISHING… Yesterday I had the pleasure of guiding first time customers from West Virginia, Mr. Jamisson and Will Ygland. The weather had been brutally cold since Sunday night and the water temperatures reflected that. When we left the dock at 10 am it registered 40 degrees on my depth finder and reached about 42 in the afternoon. The redfish had gone deep as we expected and were bunched up when we finally found them. We put 15 nice ones in the box and played catch and release for a while before calling it a day around 3:30 in the afternoon. Dead shrimp on jigheads and H&H soft plastics worked well. The fish had baitfish in their bellies which is encouraging, meaning they are eating and finding food in spite of the cold weather.  Thanks again to the Yglands for a great day on the water spent with nice folks. We look forward to their return! WE HAVE LOTS OF OPENINGS RIGHT NOW AND THE COLD WEATHER HAS NOT SLOWED THE FISH DOWN SO GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS!   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER  

Redfish Jubilee – Hopedale area

Just watched a video posted by Marsh Man Masson from yesterday. He has a good video of the Redfish being caught off the road using dead shrimp. Check out the video if you are interested learning about the redfish jubilee.    

Lakeshore Estate challanage / journey

TEAM JO-JO:   Trip for today plan on Monday, Big Andrew & Oneofthepack had conflicting schedules and today was the only day this week we could make a trip. So we meet up at 9:30 AM at Big Andrew abode, boat (named Always) in swaying in slings, loaded and ready to go. Had a long 30 second ride to the honey hole for the day.   SIGNS:   New Year Wild week Caught me first fish of the New Year Rough night sleep, excited about going to fish Lakeshore Estate Loaded up the FORD transporter, quick ride to Big Andrew house Always ready, me jumped in and we on our way   CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.E. wind 6-8 mph, shifted to west 10-12 mph Sunny & clear Cold, colder, cold, could not even find little red button today Water level down 22 to 26” way down Water temp 40.4 F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 6 minus, nice and clear, UT had a brown tint to it Falling tie all morning No other boats out and about Had hard time of seeing any fish on depth/GPS/ fish finder, did not see any for a long time.   We came across one area with the fish stacked up, we made a loop and passed over the area again, could not find fish on screen. We did run across another school further back in the canal, but once again they disappeared.   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. Learn area of Lakeshore Estate canal system Map out holes and drop offs, deepest water we could find was 36 plus feet Locate channels and edges of channel Locate and establish land marks future reference to ID holes & drop offs Put some run time on Maycraft boat named Always and Yamaha Dream Machin, Big Andrew motor has 298 hours, his motor little older than mind, me pushing 300 hours. Catch a few Silverwodners for dinner Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind not a problem we trolling all day, Oak River Troll, troll with trolling motor, and also sue Yamaha Dream Machine to move us along.   MOVING WATER: (Tide falling, had a few current lines at all points, water moving was a plus for us today)   WATER CALRITY: (Brown tint to t, u you could see the lure down 12-16” this criteria not the challenge for the day.)   HOLDING FISH: (This be our challenge, as we could not even find any on the fish finder, and the ones we did spot where all 2-3 feet deep in 15-36 feet of water.)   PATIENTS: ( Not needed, we in new area, learning, taking everything like a big sponge, time just flew by, until we got hungry. We headed back to the slip around 11:55, of to Kenny’s Seafood for some raw oysters and fired oyster sandwich with just butter on both side of the bread. Best part/s of out lunch was that Loveoftheapck joined us, AND……. Big Andrew bought.   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..DID NOT TRY     Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….WE TROLLED WITH WIND, TROLLING MOTOR, AND TROLLING WITH THE YAMAHA DREAM MACHINE                                                                             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…………….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……………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 ……………NOTHING   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Trolled all the Lakeshore Estate canal system, and into Lake P OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (0) NMR Silverwonders Easy trip Plenty of fresh cool air in me lungs Relaxing morning spending the morning on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know Big Andrew. Got a good lunch, thanks Big Andrew, you be the man Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Easy call today, fish take the honors for evading Big Andrew & Oneofthepack technique, presentations of lures, and all our combing 154 yeasr of chasing Silverwodners.   SUGGESTIONS:   Water is low, take this in consideration of where and how you will fish. Water is cold, me think deep holes would be the choice of areas to fish We did a little running around in the FORD transporter, Hwy 433 no one fishing, they be building a bridge, Rigolets only one boat launched, Pelican point no boats launched, Fort Pike no boats launched Saw one boat in body of water off Geoghegan canal Double Bayou Lagoon, fishing tight to north side of lagoon.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   All nature is but fishing unknown to thee.   O & A: Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins fishing rodeo?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Me off the water till Monday, hope me can stay sane for that long and not crack for lack of being on the water chasing the elusive Silverwodners., until the:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

New Years Fishing Report and Photos!!!

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  From all of us at Shore Thing Fishing Charters, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!! Our guides have all enjoyed a little bit of down time with their families. Now that the little ones are back in school, we can catch up on the reports. Yes it is chilly down here, but we have snuck a trip or two. Still been leaving a little bit later on the cooler days. The last couple days, when the boats were covered in ice, we played indoors. In between the fronts though, the fishing has been awesome. Actully got to spend a day up in the river, catching and releasing a pile of speckled trout. Mr Ralph was traveling, and didn’t wanna keep anything, so we just let em all go. It was freezing that day, and my hands were chilled to the bone. Even in the cold, it was a lot of fun. I couldn’t feel my hands though, so I didn’t complain too much that I didn’t have to clean fish… Usually this time of year, when it is this cold, we are strictly doing the sheepshead and drum thing on the reefs and bridges. However, we have had a couple of days when the conditions were picture perfect, and safe for a run down south to the Louisiana Marsh. Kind of ironic, that our last trip of 2017 was in the exact same spot of our first trip back in January of 2017. As luck would have it, the conditions and fishing were both excellent! This time, I had my good friend, and founder of the Diamondhead Fishing Club, Mr Gary Becker. We were joined by his buddy, Mr Alan from Tennessee. Alan really wanted to do battle with some redfish, so that is what we focused our attention on. The water was very cold and very very low. Sometimes the low water can be a good thing, and luckily this was one of those times. We were able to set up in the mouth of one narrow drain, leading into a very shallow pond. Almost all of the water was drained out of the pond, and there was one swimming pool sized piece of deep water left. In that deeper water, is where our red fish were stacked up. Right when we pulled in, you could see a couple of the fish tailing on the shallow edges of the pool. We were launching live cocahoes under the Boat Monkey Corks into the middle of the deeper pool. For about an hour we got all we stand. The fish were inhaling the minnows, smashing the corks, and keept us very busy. When the smoke cleared, we had our 15 fish limit. We also tagged and released several more big fish. It could not have gone any better. We did peck around the marsh for a little while, looking for the sparkle trout, but did not find much to speak of. We opted to make a little run and put our live shrimp to work on the big sheepshead. I really think they had almost as much fun with the big sheeps, as they did with those reds. It was still a little chilly for the ride in, and that was a good thing. The fish box lid would not close, so it helped to keep the fish cool. Just a great day on the water with some good fellas. And that how it goes this time of year for us. Just getting on the water when we can, and enjoying our time on land if the weather doesn’t allow. Give us a shout if yall wanna wet a line. If the weather doesn’t work out, we can hopefully move the trip to a better day. Looking forward to a great 2018, and we hope to see you on the water soon. Thanks ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4

DockSide TV “Meat Haul at the Wall”

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Bringing in the New Year

TEAM JO-JO:   Me trip today be a special trip for me, because it be the first trip of the New Year 2018, as me feel whatever you do on the first day of the year, you will do all year.   Me had (3) challenges for today. Workout routine, Loveoftheapck and Oneofthepack made our way to the gym, and did most of our routine. Go fishing and catch A fish, as it turned out me caught 4, and missed one, nice way to start the year. Called Loveofthepack and say to her, me on the way home, me completed 2 of the 3 challenges for the day, only one more to go, says she some on. Homeward bound on a new mission for the New Year day.   SIGNS:   Loveoftheapck cooking all day New Year eve. We were going to stay home for New Year, but Daughterofthepack called and wanted to know when we coming, we showed up around 8:30 Must have had 20-25 party goers at the home of the Luther family Plenty food, snacks and drinks for all to enjoy After all had enough to eat, they wanted to start playing games to pass the time still midnight came around. Me suggested a Texas Holdeum game, me got 2 takers for the game. Midnight came and the noise started, plenty of fireworks, and me got to kiss all the ladies Still not sure about challenges for New Year day, but me dreamed about it all night. Up early, gym open at 8, we in and out by 10:30 Loaded up the Bay Flat Jr, me underway at 11:39, still not sure where me be going. Found myself at Gulf Outlet Mariner at 12:40, Yamaha Nightmare Machine true to form took many pulls to get her started, in the honey hole for 12:50   CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.W. wind 15-20 mph steady all day Sun was out, but by the time me got set up, clouds took over, had an over cast afternoon Cold temps, me mean cold temps. Me had (4) layers of cloth and me still could feel the wind and the dampness Water level down 8-10” Water temp, assume 52.6 F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 6 plus, looked real good Tide not sure, wind blowing too hard to see any movement and/or current line Only one other boat out and about Saw 2 fisherperson fishing from the shore line, Fishermen’s Friend personnel fishing. This a good sign   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. Keep the traditions of making a fishing trip, and catching a fish on the first day of the year. Check out new honey hole, Intel from last trip lead me there. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not a problem, but me still had to fish a cross wind, as the strike zone was parallel to the wind direction.)   MOVING WATER: (Not sure if any moving, but the fish where biting so me guess we had some movement. Plus the birds where all over THE PEN.)   WATER CALRITY: (Best of the best, 6 plus for sure)   HOLDING FISH: (spot # BB1A, they were stacked up, but bites did not last long, only a crazy 10 minutes)   PATIENTS: ( Me concern about actual weather conditions had me attention, and on the 5th cat me caught the first fish, patients not needed today.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining………………………………… Had to change up presentation, me usually work it nice and sloe along the bottom, but nothing happening. Me went into me memory bank of trips past in THE PEN, and me came up with a presentation of the past. Throw out let it sit, then retrieve with a big jerk up, let I fall, and repeat jerk up, keeping the lure off the bottom suspended if you will working it back to you. All fish caught this way. Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT 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…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE:   3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….ALL FISH CAUGHT WITH 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   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     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   BB1A out of Gulf Outlet Mariner all fish aught here.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (0) NMR Silverwonders (3) Reds (1) Bass (1) Big Red broke line at boat (1/8 bushel of grass) No bottoms, no popped lines Getting that first fishing trip of the year on the first day of the new year Getting that first catching trip of the year on the first day of the new year Me did not even bring an ice chest, me just wanted to catch and release today. Great relaxing afternoon trip, on / for the New Year with some of the best fisherperson me know, me, myself, and me. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Me, meself, and me we each shard and caught our creel for today.   SUGGESTIONS:   “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” today was one of those me could have easily passed up, had it not been on me list me probably would have.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Find out how much catching Mother Nature has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.   O & A:   Do fish get thirsty?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   New Year, none plan as of yet, but Thursday may be our next outing with Big Andrew as we assault Lakeshore Estate.   Happy New Year hope to see all you fisherpersons out and about, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Welcome 2018! Happy new year everyone! Here’s our first post of the new year. And boy is it cold or what?!? Today, on New Years, we launched 2 crazy duck hunters. Not sure if they shot anything, because we weren’t there. The water is extremely low..and unfortunately….it gonna get lower, lower and then REAL REAL REAL LOW! If you like to catch redfish, it’s like stealing them right now. People were on side the Delacroix road killing the reds…everyone that we passed had a red on the line…reeling them in back to back. Kinda feel bad for the reds. However, we know it was thrilling for all the customers that never really get to catch off the side of the road. To the customers with boats..when the winds lay down, I would suggest heading to Oak river…bet you can slay the reds in there. We will keep in touch and keep everyone updated. If you have trout on the brain, you might as well stay home. If you want some reds or drum, come on down. Also, we do have a boat shed available. Please call 504-342-2368 to book it now. You can call to get more info or message us on Facebook. We do have some lodging available in 2018..so, call and book your dates NOW to ensure you get them. We do have charter dates available..for those looking for a guaranteed great fishing experience down in Delacroix. Call 504-342-2368 for any of your lodging, charter or Marina needs. Also, here is a little tip..if you haven’t already, I would suggest getting a sea tow membership to start off this year. We are NOT a towing service…if you launched from Sweetwater and break down or get stuck, we do not send people out to get you. We do not provide those services. However, for $169 per year…you can ensure there will be someone to rescue you, in case you break down. Remember…if you aren’t a member, they charge 1200-1500 to come get you. We WILL not be providing these services. We never have. We have helped a few that were really desperate, but Capt. Jack’s job does not require coming to your rescue. We are sorry to sound harsh…but…we are trying to warn you guys. Seatow is a great investment to ensure you always have someone to call, when broken down on the water…and if you become a member, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to be rescued. Just think about it. I’m sure some of you will read this and still not become a member of Seatow..remember..when you break down, if you do, don’t call Sweetwater. We are not a towing service, we don’t run people fuel, nothing like that. Sorry. They being said..go get the membership…be safe this 2018..not sorry. Like we said before..welcome 2018….thanks to all of our customers that have gotten us to 2018 with success! We appreciate your business. We want to wish each of you a happy new year..full of happiness and health…remember to eat your cabbage and peas. And remember…We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina! Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!

To go / Not to go that is the ??????

A new year has started, day one is here It’s now time to go without fear But here me sit older now and trying to cheer   Weather outside is not just frightening, also something to fear But our motto “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” is without fear So we will be out and about looking for some cheer   Choices for day one of the New Year Shell repeat many times during the year So as not to temp the gods me go without fear   Our few couple quest for the New Year They too result in nothing to fear Now to plan me day to enjoy some cheer   Silverwonders be known you have someone to fear Oneofthepack & Bay Flat Jr will soon be their Quest it be, one of the, to bring all year cheer   Next up would be health & fitness, all of the year Loveofthepack & Oneofthepack we have no fear We be giving it all at gym today & throughout the year   With day one of the New Year, brings me one great fear That be, Team Jo-Jo & Familyofthepack missing the year Without wishing all you fisherperson a Happy New Year with cheer   Good Fishing & Living Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack   P.S. Still trying to convince and make up me mind me “YOU  GOT TO GO TO KNOW” today!!!!!! P.S.S. How do you spell success take close look at picture and names of boats.  

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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NEW FRIENDS… I had the pleasure of guiding a very nice couple from Maryland on a recent trip. Chuck and Suzanne Linton joined me for 3 days of fishing and had a great trip. The weather forecast wasn’t great but we were blessed with nice conditions. The Lintons were prepared with foul weather gear but thankfully we only needed it briefly on day 1. The fishing was excellent, especially for redfish on these days but a few bonus fish were brought to the cleaning tables as well. The Lintons fish a lot back home and it was evident on the boat. Mr Chuck guides for striped bass on the Chesapeake and “knew the drill” which always helps.  All in all it was 3 great days on the water spent with new friends and all on board had a great time. We look forward to their return along with more new friends from their area! Thanks again to Chuck and Suzanne for giving our service a try and supporting us! WE HAVE LOTS OF OPENINGS FOR THE WINTER AND THE FISHING IS REMAINING EXCELLENT. GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS!   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER  

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY NEW YEAR & TIGHT LINES IN 2018  

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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If it is not too broke, then don’t try to fix it was my theme for the day.  Put Lucy on some catchable fish in a nice environment was the goal.  Went to Orange Bayou and repeated the small Redfish fiesta from last week and Lucy did catch some fish.  She also caught her first hook through a piece of the finger, we cut hook barb off and slide out from skin.  That shook her up a bit, but once she see me catch 5 more fish, she back in the action.  Them reds beat her up a bit, in a day or so she going to asking when we going again.  Beautiful day on the water.   What hit the boat: 75 Redfish, (kept 9 of them, just couldn’t find one more to stretch to “16) 1 Freshwater Drum, first one I ever caught. 2 Shells 3 bushels of grass – due to my expert positioning.

Sweetwater Marina

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Not an overwhelming amount of good news today, but there was still a little. A few boats came in today with limits of speckled trout. It seemed like it was more of a redfish day. Overall, everyone caught some fish. On a scale from 1-10..I’d rate the day about a 6 (10 being at its best). As far as the weather, I’m not sure what it will be doing tomorrow. However, if you get an opportunity, come on down. We will have plenty of shrimp for everyone. Tomorrow may be the absolute last chance to get out before extreme weather comes, unless you want to endure it..that’s up to you. We know there are a few fishing die hards. If we see ya we see ya…otherwise, wrap up and get ready to cheer on the tigers!! Enjoy the beginning of the new year, and we will see you during the end of next week..if not..definitely next weekend. Also, we do have one boat shed becoming available in January. Call now to ensure you get it. Again..happy new year from Captain Jack and the Sweetwater crew! 🎆 Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!

Sweetwater Marina

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A little sunshine went a long ways today. The fish got to biting better. The water went up a couple of degrees to 54 or 55, and it seemed to make a big difference. If you want to get in on the great action, tomorrow is the last window of opportunity before the weather goes back to being wacky. Capt. Jack’s charter ended up with 40 speckled trout, which were all caught on the bottom in Oak River. They were caught on live shrimp, and we have plenty for tomorrow. The water should warm up a little more, the fish should be hungry (from not eating the last few days during the crazy weather) so all we need is…you. Come on down! We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves their customers. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!

THE PEN action, or lack their of

TEAM JO-JO:   Big Hugh and Oneofthepack did not get enough cold windy weather Thursday, so we did a repeat trip today just to keep in shape. This time we out and about in the Bay Flat Jr playing in our pen, THE PEN to be exact, it was still cold, windy, but this time the sun came out to play, and we never looked forward to seeing / feeling the sun as much as Thursday & today.   SIGNS:   Great trip Thursday Up way too early for today’s trip, up at 4 for a 6 AM meet up Loaded up the Bay Flat Jr with all our gear Notice Starboard tire flat, not a good sign Me just purchased a small air compressor, flat no problem, good sign After putting battery on charger, and finish hooking trailer to FORD transporter is was time for a hot shower, was hoping to keep some of that warmth with me all day. No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 not good sign Not many boats on Hwy, had 3 boats launched ta Gulf Outlet Mariner, 4 counting us Frist mate Big Hugh was very capable, he could back the Bay Flat Jr down into the water, and pull her out when we done, this sure makes it easy to launch and retrieve her, me don’t have to jump in and out to do same. 3 pulls to start the Yamaha Nightmare Machine, now this a very good sign Off to spot BB 3 to start our day in / around THE PEN   CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.E. wind 10-12 mph, drop to 8-10 later in the morning, made for a real nice day Partly cloudy, sun came out to play around 9, felt great on our bods , face, and especially hands Cold to cold temps Water level up 10-12” Water temp guess 55F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 5, had a brown stain to it, but you could see the lure down 12-14” Tide falling, we found an area with a current line, and it appeared to be falling pretty good Not much action / life on the water no bait, nothing jumping When we first got their BB 1 had about 30 birds in that coroner, me guess the bait was stacked up I that area, we gave it a once over but nothing. Our honey hole was occupied, so we mess around until it became available Had plenty company working THE PEN, surprise not to see any Kayaks in THE PEN, this be an ideal area for them to practice their quest.   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. Introduce Big Hugh to another Team Jo-Jo fishing hole, work all the spot numbers and give the intel on fishing them Asked me usual question for crew, do you have anything to do today, me think Big Hugh learn from Thursday trip to best let me know when he like to be home, 6 PM Thursday was a little stretch for him. So me plan out trip accordingly staying in THE PEN, and not making the run to Arco Products canal. Me agreed we could leave anytime he wanted with ONE exception, if we in the fish, says he me understand me would not want to leave either. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Most of the day we had the wind at our back, doing the Oak River Troll, in spot # BB 3 we fishing a cross wind, but impact was not that bad.)   MOVING WATER: (Like me said we found a current line, not sure if it falling or coming in, but it was moving for sure, this criteria not a problem for today.   WATER CALRITY: (Looked good even with a little brown tint, very fishable, no challenge with this for the day)   HOLDING FISH: (This be the challenge, we fished every spot #  in THE PEN, none holding anything, not even the bottom)   PATIENTS: ( Once again, not needed we were enjoying ourselves so much time just went by, no bites, no fish, not even a bottom, Big Hugh did not get discourage, nor did me, we just being on the water watching the dive bombers (Pelicans) make their run on whatever was on top of the water, it was an aerial show for sure.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………NO FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)……………….. NO FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   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………………… NO FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   ·      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………….NOTHING   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   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # BB3, 2, 1, 1A, 4, 4B, 3, 2, 1, called it a day at 10:10 AM we had that long 1 minute ride back to the launch.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (0) ) NMR Silverwonders, none Zip, Nada, zero, whiff, skunked, loved every second of it Trying me old honey hole, nice short trip, not much effort, but still having time on the water and enjoying all that mother nature has to offer Got to see a Bald Eagle resting on top of a piling, she was beauty, worth the trip for sure. Sharing a new area, new spots, and intel for fishing them with one of the best fisherperson me know Big Hugh Got a call from Big Don, he cancelled his trip for the day, he had someone going but had second thoughts do to the weather. Me was getting a little nervous today as there was a blue truck shadowing us every move all over THE PEN. Me did not know what his motive was and / or what he wanted, me thinking he was going to tell us something for fishing the areas we fishing. But me knew he was in a truck, and unless he a good swimmer and can stand the cold the only way he was going to get to us was swim. On the way home got a call from Big Don, says he did you not see that blue truck following you, yes says me, says he, that was me, should have got out and talked to us says me. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Hugh thought he had a bite, but me tell him me from Missouri, (show me state) and bites aren’t enough to take the honors   Oneofthepack fish hard and steady, but me neither could come up with a fish, me did take the rope category, once again not qualifying me for honors.   We both agreed the Pelicans where the fisherperson of the day they were dive bombing something on the water most of the morning, we watch them fling their head back and swallow what ever they had, a good show we had.   SUGGESTIONS:   As we picked the Bay Flat Jr up we got some good Intel from very reliable fisherperson, (collecting money for launch) reds have been eating up says he. AND……………………… nice Silverwonders have been caught in the past. Plus he gave us the secret weapon needed to catch them and the location, seems live shrimp under a sliding cork set 10 feet deep was the technique   Just take to Big Pablo, and Big Cisco just called they all headed to Delacroix in the AM to give it a try, all of them have high hopes, me wish them well and may they all come home with limits.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Fishing is fisherperson’s ability to complicate simplicity.   O & A:   Why do people think that swaying their arm back and forth would change the direction of a cast?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA: Just got a call from Big John C cancelled out for tomorrow, much to my agreement, me know tomorrow may be the last chance to make a trip before it gets really cold, but me been really cold for 3 days now. Me feet are still cold and me have been home for almost 8 hours, they feel like ice cubes.   Me will be fishing somewhere for Jan 1st, me believe whatever you do on the first day of the new year you do all year, so me will fish and catch something, and will make every attempt to spend the rest of the day in the gym working out.   Next journey in question, needs to be answered but not just now, our vacation got push so me can fish the whole month of January without interference.   Keep you lures wet and your pole up, see all you fisherperson out and about, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Captain jack fished the last two days. The weather has been pretty extreme. Yesterday, they caught 9 sheepshead and 6 trout in forty mph winds and 40 degree temperatures. Today, they caught 4 keeper reds, threw back at least 30 undersized reds and 2 freshwater cats. Tomorrow he will be taking the same group he took today for another to at it. Tomorrow is looking a lot better. We will have sunshine, and it should warm up to 58 degrees. The water temperature right now is around 54 degrees, so tomorrow and Saturday fishing should be way better. The tide range is on the up swing right now. The water isn’t low at all..it’s at normal heights. If you are looking to have some fun, come on down to Sweetwater. The next two days should be better than the past couple of days. We have plenty of live shrimp, dead shrimp and anything you may need for a great day of fishing. Sad news…we have shut down our food trailer. We had excellent food..just not enough money being made. We will be selling the food trailer and making two more boat sheds where the food trailer now sits. Call us if interested in purchasing the food trailer. Also, we do have one boat shed opening up in January. If interested, please call 504-342-2368. Thanks. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is ready for a happy new year. Come spend it down in Delacroix and launch at Sweetwater. 🎆 Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!

Misty day / Best day Delacroix

TEAM JO-JO:   Crew for today was Big Hugh, he and me have been trying to team up for a while, finally after a few try’s it all came together to day for a fun day on the water down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island.   SIGNS:   Me been off the water to long Wednesday to short of a trip, and got skunked Woke up to a misty morning, just enough to wet you a little Meet up to be at Waffle House n Oak Harbor for 5:30 AM, short breakfast and we on our way No wildlife sighing along Hwy 11 or 90 , not a good sign Not many boast on Hwy, gas stations, and/or launches Passed on McDonnel & Last Stop food store Check pint Able water level up 10-14” Check point Bravo no water moving at Reggio Canal, this not a good sign No fisherperson along the road fishing reds, with the cold weather me figured they would be all over the Hwy Reached the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she high and dry, just swinging in her slings, look like she was doing the stroll as she swayed back & forth No time to load her up, Yamaha Dream Machine fired up with one turn of the key Made a run to Lionel’s for some go juice Off to spot # 21 to start our day, it be occupied, so went to plan “B”   CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.E. wind 14-16 mph , steady all day Over cast low cloud type day Misty most of the day Wet cold type day Had 4 layers of clothes on still was cold, added me rain suite to stop the wind from penetrating me when we ran around. Water level up 12-14” Water temp 50.5 F cold Tide falling all day, at least that is the way the water moving, i.e. falling Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 6 plus to a strong 7, looked great, best me seen all year. We saw 10-12 boats out and about, in this weather me through we would be the only nuts running around in the mist & cold   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. Introduce Big Hugh back to our Team Jo-Jo milk run, we even made one of his honey holes, with the same results as most of ours. Learn to fish a strong N.E. wind, with over cast day, and a falling tide. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (No problem we have many spots to fish a N.E. wind, wind was our friend today as we did the Oak River Troll most of the day, it had us moving at 1.5 to 1.7 mph, which was perfect.)   MOVING WATER: (Me think we had a falling tide, could have been the wind moving it, fell all day, but we had moving water one of the most important criteria for catching.)   WATER CALRITY: (Best me seen in a long time, from North / South pipeline all the way to Orange Bayou and Grand Lake looked real good, you could see the lure down 2-3 feet.)   HOLDING FISH: (#23 hot spot with 29t)   PATIENTS: ( Slow morning, but Big Hugh and Oneofthepack was enjoying our outing so much, patients was not needed, matter of fact it was 2:30 PM and we had no idea of what time it was when we stopped fishing, time just flew by on a perfect day.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………(1) Drum   Oak River Troll (ORT)……………….. (33) Silverwonders. We would run north to Oak River Shoreline (6 feet of water) turn the Bay Flat Sr south, drop lures down in 7 feet of water, the east wind going against a falling tide would push on a south east patch, Silverwonders where in 10 plus feet of water. We just kept doing this techniques for an hour or so.)   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………NOTHING, NOT EVEN A BITE   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) SILVERWONDER (ORT)     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……………ALL FISH CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE!!!   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………BIG HUGH WAS HAVING TROUBLE FEELING THE BOTTOM (re: ORT) SO HE SWICTHED TO 3/8, THAN IT WAS ON, ON, ON!!!!   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     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   #20,21,23 (29)t, 60, 62, 62A,B,C,D, 64,64A,B, tried Big Hugh spot, Alligator Pass (4)t, stopped fishing at 2:30 PM turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (33) NMR Silverwonders 18 throw backs (2) Rat Reds (1) Drum (1) Crab (2) bottoms (1) popped line (1) Bushel of grass Having the best condition for a day of fishing, perfect it be Spending a day on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, Big Hugh, hung in there all day, no fare weather fisherperson here, he be the real deal Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Lest just say that once Big Hugh masters the (ORT) he will be in the hunt for this honor, based on his progress of today me feel one or two more trips he will have the (ORT) technique down pat.   SUGGESTIONS:   If you are looking for the perfect day, whatever that might be you are missing some great opportunity to catch fish and learn how to fish any and all elements and / or variables to / in the art of catching.   Adopt Team Jo-Jo motto, “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” each day, (even hours) has new challenges / successes that are out there waiting for you to show you stuff.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   The undertaking of a new technique brings new strength.   O & A:   When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Big Hugh enjoyed our conditions of today that he and me decided to do it again tomorrow in the Bay Flat Jr, destination to be decided.   Big John C called we booked for Saturday.   Big Don called him looking to make a Bass, Spec, and Red trip out of Fort Pike, but me had already committed to Big Hugh for a Friday trip.   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

DockSide TV ‘Limit of Bass Without Turning Off Camera’

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This DockSide TV was shot basically on one go. A limit of Bass without turning the camera off. www.matrixshad.com  

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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BRAVING THE COLD… Yesterday Capt Beau Weber and myself had the pleasure of guiding 2 boats for good friend and customer Andrea Caplan who brought along her kids Monk and Jack and 3 friends from California. The guys were thinking about a swamp tour but decided to do a fishing trip instead and we are glad of that. It was pretty brutal out there on the water with chilly temps, stiff winds out of the north, and drizzle falling. The gang toughed it out and brought a nice bunch of redfish to the cleaning table to be enjoyed over the next few days. Fresh shrimp under popping corks did the job on the reds. Many thanks to Andrea, Monk, Jack, and the California gang for a good time on the water spent with good friends. We look forward to their return! WE HAVE LOTS OF OPENINGS RIGHT NOW AND ARE HAPPY TO TAKE CARE OF ANY YOUR GUIDING NEEDS. FISHING REMAINS GOOD SO GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS!   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER  

Trolling Lake P

TEAM JO-JO:   Big PJ & Oneofthepack have been hearing reports that the BIG girls where all along the Lake P trestles, and where out to play and have fun with your live bait, dead bait, lures cast & retrieve, and even the trolling was producing a number of BIG girls on each trip.   We knew pass Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday where perfect (re: weather conditions) to fish Lake P, but neither one of us could make it out due to holidays, parties, and family gatherings.   BUT we knew we could go today, and we knew the weather conditions where not lending itself for being out and about in Lake p, but the desire, curiosity, was out of control so we made a decision to go no matter what today.   SIGNS:   Gifts for everyone, Santa was good to the Luther & Fink family Had too much to eat, drank to many cokes, & eat to many goodies The waiting period to make it out to Lake P was almost unbearable, only thing help me to live through it was me being able to drive back and forth on the Hwy 11 bridge to see who & what was going on along the trestle. Up early checked the weather conditions again, fishing north side looked to be do able 6:10 me made me way to Big PJ house for our 6:15 Am meet up. Big PJ said he called me to see if me still going, it had rain and the wind blowing pretty well, you don’t want to go says me, yes says he, go we go. Timing was perfect, by the time we got the Bay Flat Jr launched it was daylight No other boast in sight, not a good sign Heard some hunters blasting away, made me feel good to know we not the only nuts out and about in this weather. 10-15 pulls to get the Yamaha Nightmare Machine started, but once she fired it was OK all morning.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.N.W. 12-15 mph wind, steady all morning Waves near north shore not bad, the farther we got out the bigger the waves got, me think they look to be 3-4 foot was with little white caps on top. Over cast, no sun at all Cold morning, you could see the smoke come out your mouth as you breathed Me hands so cold me felt they were going to fall off, next time me will have gloves Water level up 10-14” Water temp cold Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 7 plus, nice and dark, clear, you could see the lure down 3-4 feet Tide, from the way the lures were running toward trestles, (we fish west side) me would have to say it was falling Not one boat out, except for us nuts 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. Confirm/ debunk reports that Silverwodners are along the trestles, from our trip we would have to say no, but we did not give it much of a try do to the weather. All, (water clean, Loons, Pelicans, Seagulls in / around the trestles) signs indicate the Silverwonders are there, but form todays trip me have to wonder. Get some practice in trolling Lake P, learn what speed, line distance to let out, what lures they are hitting, and how to avoid hooking up on the trestles pilings. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:         WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind was at our back, blowing so hard me think it had the Bay Flat Jr going a little fast for trolling, me could have just let the wind push us, but this would also let the Bay Flat Jr drift into the trestles, this not good. Wind was not a problem, but WAVES it created was.) MOVING WATER: (Like me said it appeared we had a falling tide, seem to fall from the short time we were out in it, this criteria was not a challenge for today.) WATER CALRITY: (No problem, rated a 7 plus for today, with real dark looking clean water, just the way me like it, cannot wait to get back out there in a more favorable weather condition.) HOLDING FISH: (We did not stay long enough to see if any spots holding fish, the areas we trolled through appeared to not have any.)   PATIENTS: ( Needed some, but it was such a challenge to keep the Bay Flat Jr afloat, that me time was preoccupied and me did not have time to be bored. Me don’t think the crew shared me feeling of the trip, he be a more fair weather fisherperson, if they biting he happy. 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 NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….TROLLED FROM NORTH DRAW BRIDGE OUT TO THE SECOND SET OF STEEL PILINGS, WAVES GOT BIG WE HEADED IN.)     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 ……………NOTHING NOT EVEN A BITE / STRIKE, AND /OR BOTTOM, ME DID HIT ONE PILING AND IT FELT SO GOOD.       AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   North draw out to second set of steel pilings, west side of trestles.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (0) NMR Silverwonders No bites / strikes Quick trip, beat the strong winds and rain s they came later in the day, we did not even get wet Burned a few calories gong and coming back Got to relax after a few hectic days of the holidays Sill have doubts that Silverwodners are along the trestles, gives me because for the next trip, me hope will be soon. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Neither Big PJ or Oneofthepack can even come close to qualify for honors today, even the birds where having trouble finding something to eat, so me guess the fishes win it today.   SUGGESTIONS:   Have a lot more sense than Oneofthepack, wait for a better weather condition to try and fish Lake P along the trestles.   PONDER OF THE DAY: Sanity is only that which is within the frame of fishing & catching.   O & A:   What three things would you bring to a deserted Island? Why doesn’t anyone say “BOAT”?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Delacroix with Bi Hugh in the AM Friday thru Sunday nothing plan   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Cold and Cloudy

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Two weeks in the planning, trying to work around Family commitments and the weather. Finally decided on today, 12-26-17, chose to fish this side of Lake Borgne to avoid the lousy wind forecast all week. Quick launch at Southside at the Chef about 8:30am , 50 live shrimp, YEP, LIVE SHRIMP, figured I would need all the help I could get to make Joseph(nephew) and Georges( Joseph’s Dad from Texas ) , day a catching day instead of a fishing day. Headed for the WALL and started chunkin live shrimp on ¼ oz round white head, I used lemonhead on ¼ oz head to give them the most opportunities to catch, I am terrible at live bait fishing, I lose more than I catch on. First stop at the corner where the wall and sheet piles meet, only took a few cast to start catching with the shrimp, only caught maybe 6 on plastic. Every time I called ONE MORE CAST , the Samford gang connected. A few boats showed up and cut my movement to a 50 foot span so when the bite slowed we headed for the Michoud slip where we boxed a speck and returned 2 puppy drum to grow to legal size. Light rain and my cold body put and end to the day at 2:07pm . Wind NE at 10-15 and cold. Tide incoming all day, Clarity OK, water temp 51 all day. Had a great time fishing with new to salt fishermen. Ended with: 22 specks 12-15” 1 white 11” 2 drum 15” returned to the cold depths.

Yearly Journey

TEAM JO-JO:   Monday trip, crew Luther, Fink family, and friends, this trip has been being plan for 12 months, and was on a schedule of no change it be, like the postal deliveries, snow, rain, sleet, the gifts must go through, no rain check days here to be had.   SIGNS:   Late night Sunday, Saints win, eating, drinking, conversation ,and sharing gifts was the theme for the night Up early X-mas day loading the FORD transporter for another journey / outing of a different quest Santa to be a Luther’s abode for 10:30 AM sharp to greet Santa and his team with gifts for all, but this was not to be, unlike a meet up for fishing trip, we had a little wiggle room here, so 10:15 Am it be, shortly thereafter paper was flying all over the place, with a lot of screaming taken place. We had 3 shot intermission in-between opening gifts, and we open the last around 4:30 PM.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Just perfect Sunny & cool, or may be cold No sleigh on Hwys, gas stations, home lawns No wild life sightings along Oak Harbor Blvd, not even a rain deer Passed on McDonnel, Waffle House, and road kill Loveoftheapck & Oneofthepack on a mission   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Beat Santa to the Luther’s abode This be me therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel of the latest craze and all that had to be brought back for return / replacement. Create memories Watch the smiles and reactions as to each found something that had put on Santa’s list Today was a no limit trip, receive / give as many gifts as you wanted and/or needed. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of gifting:       KNOW ALL SIZES: (This was a problem for some, they no not Oneofthepack a 4X fat old gray haired man, but even the little ones showed signs of lack of knowledge in this criteria.)   MOVING: (Had to keep moving or you would have been covered in paper, plus it help settle all the food and drinks of the day, but crew had no problem with this criteria.)   HOUSE CALRITY: (This was our challenge for the day, as it was busy, busy, busy, and clarity was not a high priority for the morning.)   HOLDING GIFTS: (All spot numbers on the map where stacked up with gifts, BIG ones, small ones, and even huge ones where to be had by all.)   PATIENTS: ( What is that, it was none stop for 7 plus hours, this has to be the longest crazy 15 minutes crew & me ever found)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly open, with a twitch every now and then, un-wrapping all the time…………………………………ALL GIFTS CUAGHT THIS WAY     ·      LURE DU JOURE:   Not being naughty, and being very nice, staying off Santa’s black list, all the time listing to mom & dad throughout the year, studying and learning, and having a high behavior mark in school, these lures seem to have the best results.   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 1 Fink & Spot # 2 Luther’s abode, which is all it took.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to gift another day ( 0) NMR Silverwonders Many gifts given and many received Spending the morning off the water with family and friends, sharing moment & memories that will last a life time. Seeing grandkidsofthepack, smiling, gasping for air and letting out a scream as they open each gift, this sight was repeated many times in the pass for Loveoftheapck & Oneofthepack when our kidsofthepack would cherish their X-Mas morning in many years past. Great food, snacks, drinks, to be had by all, and many thanks to all who made it happen, me favorite was the potato salad. Best gifting trip of my life, until the next one.   gifterPERSON OF THE DAY:   Me think the twins, (Big William, & Big Ronnin 9) may have been very good & nice, and excelled in the five fundamentals / criteria of gifting, as both had listed a gift on Santa’s list that me would have thought the chances of Santa granting that wish, would have been slim and none. BUT………………there was still a chance between slim & none, and they both got their number one wish on Santa’s list???????   SUGGESTIONS:   Being nice, courteous (fisherpersons U 2 ) have good grades, good at school, help mom & dad is not a one day task, it is 365 days a year & 7/24 day task, me think the more you follow the above, the more attention Santa pays to your list that you mail him each year.   And always treat others as you would have them treat you!!!!   PONDER OF THE DAY:   The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.   O & A:   What is the most important goal every gifterperson should have?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Only 364 more days to Christmas Offered to take Santa fishing, but he busy on next year’s challenges Hope to be on the water Wednesday, Thursday (w/Big Hugh), and Friday. Hope to see all you fisherpersons out and about, until them:   Merry Christmas Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Familyofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! We hope everyone is having a happy holiday! As far as the fishing, it has been pretty good up until this windy weather. Yesterday, a few went out and caught some in the morning. They seemed to succeed with speckled trout in the morning. Today..we were not open, so we aren’t sure how it went. We are thinking it was probably slow because of the wind. They should be biting good tomorrow..after all this cool weather..and it’s looking like it won’t be windy. Only bad news is the weather is suppose to get messed up from tomorrow evening throughout the week. If you can make it before it rains, I would advise coming down. Should have lots of live bait for tomorrow. We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater. Start off the new year with a fishing trip in Delacroix. There is no better way to kick start the year than with some great fishing fun. If you are looking for a charter or lodging, please call 504-342-2368 starting tomorrow. We would love to accommodate you with anything you might need. We have the best, most experienced captains around and some of the most conveniently located, comfy lodging in Delacroix. Don’t wait to book. Call now to ensure you get the dates you are looking for. We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina. Again MERRY CHRISMTAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎄❤️ Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Richie ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a good BITE!!!

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  From the Shore Thing Charters family to your family, we would like to wish everyone a very safe and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Still getting out when we can, just having to have to keep a close eye on the weather. Most of our trips lately have been in close in Mississippi waters. The colder it gets, the better our near shore fishing gets. We are changing gears a little bit for our winter fishing, but it has been fun. The reefs, bridges and shore lines along the MS Gulf Coast have been our battle grounds. The big sheepshead and puppy drum are what we have been after lately. We have gotten to fish some old friends over the break, and even made  few new ones. Our good friends the Cook family were back down. Leading the charge with these boys, as always is young Jackson aka “Action Jackson”. Capt Brian took them on a sheepshead massacre. Saw the pictures he sent when they got back in, and have no clue how those boys fit all of those fish on that boat?… Got a chance to fish with some long time family friends, Linda and Scott Emmel. Actually, it is now Lieutenant Colonel Scott Emmel. Scott tries to make a trip every time he is back on the coast, but we usually get met some sort of bad weather (rain, wind, flood, etc). Very hard to tell one of the roughest toughest dudes I know, that its too rough to fish. Well, we finally got our weather picture perfect. Seas were literally glass calm. He and Mrs Linda were up for the reef and bridge fishing, and the fish were hungry. They absolutely crushed the sheepshead, and drum. Mrs Linda got her biggest fish ever, a monster black drum, that she landed in literally seconds. We catch plenty of big drum, and I have seen some folks fight these fish for up to 30-45 minutes. Still don’t know how or what she did different, but that fish came right to the net in less than 20 seconds. We took plenty of photos and released it. After a great day with my dear friends, they took some of their catch to The Blind Tiger Restaurant in downtown Bay St Louis. One of Scotts favorite things to do when he is home is eat some fresh gulf seafood. The good folks at TBT prepared a feast of the Emmels fresh catch. Lets just say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! Since the kiddos are out of school, I did get to sneak my 8 year old daughter out on the water. Another Coast Episcopal dad was fishing, and brought his daughter/classmate of Margot’s. Their was no way my little buddy was missing out on this trip. My man Bill Funderburk brought his daughter Ally, and man o man did we have a time. The girls were in rare form, and I think we probably could’ve kept em out most of the day. We did about 5 hours, and never once got the boat on a step. It was chilly, so we just cruised around and kept the little ladies happy. We got to tangle with the big sheepshead, some puppy drum, flounder and even tagged a small red fish. 2017 has been the year of holiday fishing. This year I think I have fished Mardi Gras Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and now Christmas Eve. All were great trips, including this last one. Had the Bradshaw family in town, celebrating Christmas down here on the coast. We got very lucky with the weather, and with the live bait. I was able to scare up a few live shrimp for one heck of a reef trip. We only moved a couple of times, but when the smoke cleared the fish box lid was half way open for the ride in. Luckily it was still a little chilly, and the fish had plenty of ice on them. Fishing Carolina rigs and dropper rigs, we even saw a couple of trout. The money fish of the day were again the sheepshead, but we did see a few more puppy drum, and tagged several small red fish. This is the time of year we are relying heavily on our Sport Trail trailers. Of the last 4 trips I have ran, I don’t think I have left from the same launch twice. We keep a close watch on the weather, and put our boats as close as we can to the bite. Cutting down on the chilly rides has really helped. If the weather is bad, we just reschedule or don’t go. When we do get it out though, we are making the most of it. ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4

Friday fishing, 12-22-17

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Waiting for crew,(Nephew Allen and Great Nephew Wyatt), started checking reports. Got to GEORGES and started second guessing my destination for the day, BUT, memories of chasing fishing reports(should have been here yesterday) had me sticking to the original plan. 7am launch at Fort Pike and a foggy ride (followed a crab boat with radar to the train bridge) had us chunking in a nice tide line off Byu Biloxi about 8am. As the bite has been of late 1 speck and done. Made 2 more stops in BB and nothing added to the box, headed for a dead end pipeline but, already occupied by 2 boats. This is where my fishing habits may cause problems, Allen commented “oh boy must be fish there”, my comment, “don’t want to fish in a crowd”,U-TURN and off to Cutoff lagoon. Long drift and no takers, had us heading for Muscle Bay where the best bite has been lately. The slow bite made for a long time between fish, and  was tolerated by all (Allen and Wyatt’s first trip to the Biloxi Marsh)but the crew, being regular fishermen , understood the “Call it fishing, not catching” excuse for slow days. Made several drifts from shallow water into deeper water and all managed to box some nice specks. Decided to try some spots for reds on the way back to the lake before the old bod called uncle, never even saw a red for many pockets and points so we called it quits about 2pm. Had to fight a “on it’s last leg” trolling motor and stiff 10-15 south wind , the whole time dreading the ride back across lake Borgne, which ,surprisingly , was a nice calm 35mph cruise. Tried several matrix baits poppin cork and Tight lined, Lemon head and Black with yellow tail matrix tight lined was best. Tide fell all day from normal to fairly low. Wind 10-15 and gusty while we were in the marsh BUT almost calm in lake Borgne,(???) Temp 55-59, clarity good in the marsh. Definitely owe these guys a second trip, they fished hard for todays catch 12 specks 14” Few throw backs 1 throw back red

Opening Tomorrow!!!

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Last minute opening for duck hunting in Delacroix, La for up to 4 hunters TOMORROW MORNING! This is the day before a hard cold front pushing through our state and has brought a lot of new birds ahead of it! CALL NOW for pricing! 5044274973 or www.LaSaltwaterFishing.com

What a difference a week makes

Fog on the road, not an easy drive to Hopedale Marina.   Arrived safely and launched the fishing machine. Slow and easy down the canal as the fog hung around for everyone When we arrived at out spot, 3 other boats in the area Word travels fast these days We did not bring live shrimp this trip (maybe a bad move) Water Temp 67, last Friday, 56 Winds strong out the South (last week out of the North) Tried the Vudu Shrimp Tried Creole Shrimp We ended the day with 4 Keeper trout. We made a few moves today, but not the same result as last Friday.   Maybe the Trout were out Christmas shopping.    

Nice day at Delacroix

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Fair-weather fishermen were out in droves yesterday so since I’m one of them it was my day to go too.  Decided to choose solitude over popularity so I got off the beaten path and it turned out to be a good choice.  Caught fish in 4 different places (same general area) and had it practically to myself.  I usually like other fishermen but the discourteous ones tend to get my goat.  I fish for pleasure and discouteous people interupt my pleasure and make it not fun.  Found most bayous and canals had nice grass beds on both sides and working those edges is what caught most of my fish. I was using a sparkle beetle on a 1/8 oz. jig head. The tide was going out all morning at the speed I like and the water looked pretty good everywhere that I went.  With the warmer water of late I found the fish to be a little scattered but active.  They seemed to be looking for something to eat.  Nice relaxing day doing something I really enjoy.  Ended up with 25 specks and 5 chunky bass at about 12:30pm.  Arrived back at Lionel’s only to find one of the back down ramps blocked by some unfortunate guy  whose truck would not pull his huge boat out of the water even when assisted by his 250hp outboard engine.  Someone finally convinced him to re-launch his boat and use the other ramp as it was less steep.  This did the trick and he was then soon on his way home.  Over the years I have encountered this problem fairly often.  Remember, the boat you launch is the boat you will have to pull up the ramp……….can you do it?    

Sweetwater Marina

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Busy day here at Sweetwater Marina! Lots and lots of fish came in today. It wasn’t the absolute most stellar day that we have seen, but it was definitely a good day. Many limits came in today! Fish cleaning was off the chart. Tons of fish were being cleaned on our docks! Even Captain Jack was out on the dock cleaning over 200 speckled trout and 33 reds for some customers! Jesse and Rob cleaned unbelievable numbers of fish today. We go above and beyond to keep our customers happy and have their fish cleaned by professionals. As far as tomorrow, the fishing should be just as great as today. If you get the opportunity to come Friday or Saturday, we suggest you get here! We are planning on being open on Christmas Eve, until around 10am. If you are planning on making a trip on Christmas Eve, come get your bait and more before 10am. We will be closed on Christmas, which is Monday, December 25th. We do hope that you have a Merry Christmas. During this holiday break, come make a fishing trip with the fam or friends. No better way to bond than on the water..fishing..and catching at that. Good news..we have plenty beautiful live shrimp. Live bait won’t be an issue. The fog lifted at around 8am today. They are predicting fog for tomorrow as well. If you can properly read your gps, you shouldn’t have a problem. If you don’t feel safe leaving in the fog, wait and come a little bit later. The fish are here..no matter what time you come. As far as the hotspots, Little Lake, Grand Lake, Lake Batola, Pointe Fienne and all the other usual winter time hotspots are producing fish. Hope to see you down here asap, so you can get in on the action. We will have an updated report tomorrow. Can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina. The pictures below are of some of our customers..today..here at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves their customers. The guy in the yellow shirt is Captain Jack’s friend Freddy. Freddy caught the fish in the picture out of a kayak today. He didn’t go far. Just goes to show you..the fish aren’t too far and they are biting. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Richie ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Big Don & Big Lucy vs. Delacroix

TEAM JO-JO:   Big Don & Big Lucy crew for today aboard the Bay Flat Sr, they just bought their own new Mako boat, and have been out in it 3-4 times, but have / are experiencing a little anxiety and concerned about running around our Disney World known as Delacroix Inland with their new boat, from a concern for the boat and that of their lives.   Big Don and even Big Lucy have been out and about with Oneofthepack for the past 3-4 years and have made the same run just about overtime, but when you not driving you don’t seem to pay attention to where and/or how you got from spot to spot.   Through in the factor it is your boat, (especially a new boat) add to that all the additional responsibility, (i.e. safety, keeping rig in good shape, putting crew on fish, getting everyone back safe & sound, all having a good time) you have / of for being the Capt, and you whole prospective changes on how you enjoy a trip.   Me suggested to Big Don & Big Lucy to keep the faith, it will all come together and they will be the best of the best in no time.   SIGNS:   Good trip with Big Curtis & Big May Past out at 7:30 Wednesday night , got a good night sleep Up early for our 5:30 AM meet up No wild life sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Road very foggy, me not looking forward to running around in the fog. Boats all over the Hwy Boast stacked up in gas stations Launch full f triers & boats Me ½ hour early at Team Jo-Jo official meeting place, Waffle House in Chalmette, me forgot me told them 5:30 so me there for 4:45 Am, had some grits & coffee for the wait Crew shows up on time we load the FORD transporter and we off Check point Abel water up, looked good Check point Bravo, water not moving at Reggio canal We passed by slip where Big don & Big Lucy have their boat in, nice location Reached the home of the Bay Flat Sr, no time we had her loaded Yamaha Dream Machine 1 turn and she all fired up ready to make waves she be Made a quick stop at Lionel’s for some dead shrimp & ice Off to spot # 18 D to start our day.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect S.E. wind 4-6 mph, great, calm in the AM Sunny & clear, no rain Got a little over cast around 11:00AM, perfect Jump suite came off around 10:30 Am Water level same up Water temp 64.9F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 4 looked good all over Tide falling all morning Boats everywhere, every cut, channel, bay, wet spot in the marsh, they were all over the place, hard to find a spot to fish. Most spots had 3-4 boats in them   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. Help fill Big Lucy freezer with fish Try to educate Big Don & Big Lucy on routes / runs around Team Jo-Jo milk run, try to get them to relax and enjoy their new boat in / out and around Delacroix. Get back on them bottom dwellers Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind not a factor, fish anywhere, any place, and just don’t throw out to hard, as you may / will hit the boat next to you.)   MOVING WATER: (No problem with this criteria, had it all day, current lens all over the place, but inside Grand Lake area the water just about stopped moving, but further out water pouring out??????)   WATER CALRITY: (looked well all over, me hope it stays with way for a while, and / or gets a little darker looking water, but keep the clarity of it.)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot 18D & 20)   PATIENTS: ( Fairly quick action at first, than a dry spell, than action the rest of the day, patients really not needed, besides Big Lucy don’t have much me think.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………80%LL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..20% FISH CAUGHT THIS WAY     Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   Dead bait………ALL BOTTOM DEWELLERS CAUGHT WITH JIG HEAD (NO TAIL) & SHRIMP.   Live bait…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE:   3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook……………..01 % CAUGT WITH 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……………40% FISH CAUGHT WITH THIS LRUE   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     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 18D 13t, 18C,B,A, 20, 21 (5)T, 6 2T, 52T, stopped fishing around 12:40 PM, turned Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride aback to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (22 ) NMR Silverwonders, 5 throw backs (16) Reds 15 throw backs 26 Drum 5 Croakers 6 Fresh water casts 1 Crab 1 Oyster shell (3) bottoms (1) bushel of grass Seeing Big Lucy smile most of the day Seeing Big Dom smiling all day Sharing all out spot numbers with crew Filling crew freezer with fish Spending the morning with 2 of the best fisherpersons me know, soon to be competitions for spots at Delacroix, looking forward to the challenge. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Tough one, Big Lucy on the big girls, me mean some really nice Silverwodners, held her own in the hot spot, and even caught some drums, but me think she feel a little short. Oneofthepack was Oneofthepack, nothing much.   Big Don, me think game over with first Big Drum, when second Drum came board me thinking he may be it for the week, but when 3rd Big Drum came board me knew he had the honors for the day, congratulations to Big don.   SUGGESTIONS:   Please stress cautious this weekend respect other fisherperson space, enjoy and catch plenty, but most important make some memories for life.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   It takes two to tangle.   O & A:   Can you blow a balloon up under water?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Me think me off the water till Wednesday, well may be, well………………………..   Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Curtis / May Delacroix Journey

TEAM JO-JO:   Oneofthepack and crew for today have been trying to make a trip for 3-4 weeks, meetings, doctors, grandkids, shopping, weather just kept getting in the way, but finally Big Curtis & Big May  & Oneofthepack picked today (Wednesday)  to have our trip, it seems all the moons, sun, and other planet where align and we good to go.   SIGNS:   Big Curtis & Big May treated Loveoftheapck & Oneofthepack to dinner at Silver Slipper casino Tuesday evening, had a great meal, better conversation, and a realign ride there and back, thanks guys enjoyed the outing. Picked up 3 pounds of dead bait at Kenny’s’ nice size dead shrimp Got a good night sleep No wildlife sightings along Hay 11 or 90 No Boast on hay No boats in gas station No boats at launches Meet up at 5:00 AM at Team Jo-Jo official meeting place Waffle House in Chalmette. Me meet up with crew was a little less enthusiastic than me expected, Big Curtis says first words are did you check the weather, predication have changed storms are coming. Says me do you want to cancel, storms are coming says he, once again do you want to cancel, me go home and go back to bed. You the Capt says he, no it don’t work that way says me, you have to make the decisions, you the capt says he, once again, you have to make that decision, meanwhile Big May unloading me truck gear into their truck, guess we going says me. When we all in truck me ask Big May what Team Jo-Jo motto, no answer, asked again, finally say she “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” Me explain to Big Curtis, me don’t look at weather, don’t want to influence me going, me prefer to go see actual conditions and then make up me mind, if not good me go home. All me can say out of 2,173 trips, maybe, maybe, (4) trips me did not go out Me explain when me working 5-6 days a week, and me had weekend off, weather was never a question, me just fished whatever condition me had to deal with, me think this has made a much better fisherperson out of me, fishing bad conditions make you a better fisherpersons for sure. Check point Abel water up Check point Bravo, water no moving. Not good Loaded up the Bay Flat Sr face, Yamaha Dream Machine one turn of key and she ready to gooooo. Passed on Lionel’s had all we needed board the Bay Flat Sr Off to spot # 64 D to start our day of fun.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect S.W wind 20-25 mph steady ALL day Over cast cloudy day Caught a couple of light sprinkles of rain, not bad at all. Mild temps, kept jump suite on all day Water level up 12-14” Water temp 63.9F Tide slack than started to fall , feel all day Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 plus, not bad. Very fishable. No boats out and about, saw only 1 area looked very deserted for sure Bumpy rides where ever we go   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. Fill Big May freezer back up, she need fish Try to learn to fish a S.S.W. / West wind/s Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Challenge for the day, in some areas we fished with wind in our face, but fishing with bait not as bad then when fishing with lures)   MOVING WATER: (Slack at first but started to fall fell all day, had plenty of current lines to fish, this condition was a plus for us today.)   WATER CALRITY: (Not the best, but not the worst, very fishable, we accepted this challenge as it.)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 18D, and #21)   PATIENTS: ( Needed a little until we hot the first hot spot, than it was on, on, on all day.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………60% FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..40% CAUGHT THIS WAY EARLY IN AM     Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   Dead bait………ALL DRUM, REDS CUAGT WITH THIS JIG HEAD WITH SHRIMP ON IT, NO TAIL   Live bait…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE:   3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….01% FISH CAUGHT 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……………60% CAUGHT THIS LURE 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     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 64D, 64, 64A, 64C, 61A,B,C,D, 18D (36)T, 18 C,B,A, 21,20,2A,2, 18C, 18D, called it a day around 2;30, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a very bumpy ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day ( 38) NMR Silverwonders, 1 throw back (14) Reds, 12 throw backs (25) Drum (8) Cat Fish (3) Bottoms (5) Tangled lines (3) Bushels of grass Seeing Big May smile all day Spending the morning / day on the water with (2) of the best fisherpersons me know, Big Curtis & Big May Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Curtis got out the gate fist with Silverwonder, than missed another, at the hot spot he held his own for a little while, but not worthy for the honors today   Oneofthepack was just Oneofthepack, nothing special, did catch biggest fish of the day, much to the un-likening of Big May, but even with Big Fish of the day, not enough. Big May she get BIG CAT, she done well in hot spot, and with drum and reds, she best us all, but me think her trash talk gain more respect from Big Curtis & Oneofthepack than her catching abilities, me , we think / know she fisherperson of the day, cause she said so, so, so be it.   SUGGESTIONS:   Silverwodners hard to find for us, but the bottom dwellers are dong god an d are a lot of action, buy your dead bait at seafood place before you go down, as all they had was frozen shrimp.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Fishing & catching favor the brave.   O & A:   Does a person’s name influence the fisherperson they become?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Big Don & Big Lucy will be on board the Bay Flat Sr in the AM, they looking to learn their way around Delacroix and Team Jo-Jo’s milk run, as they have bought a new Mako and are looking to attack / assault our Disney World known as Delacroix Island as much as they can, look out Silverwodners you have a hold new team coming your way.   Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

DockSide TV “Fishing During Warming Trends”

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www.matrixshad.com heads out armed with the Matrix Minnow and finds suspended fish eating the suspended jerk bait. Don’t forget about the Christmas SALE a few days left of all Matrix Gear and Sunglasses at 20% OFF

tuesday fishin

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Plan to start fishing early( barely daylight) sidetracked by Pea Soup Fog. Poked my way through the Rigolets from Fort Pike and across a smooth Lake Borgne, barely found the land mark gas well at Byu Biloxi. Passed on a first cast at a straight section in BB because the crabbers were already working, second stop at a drain into the Byu produced 1 speck and then nothing. Tried lagoons off the pipeline with 1 or 2 at each spot before heading to Muscle Bay. Took a route I have been using this fall/ winter from Mack’s Pass to Muscle Bay and went sliding across 40’ feet of mud flat covered with 6” of water and out into good water , had to stop and clean the filter to get pumping again, but, all’s well that ends well, learned where the channel AINT, no swimming for me today ,lol. Made my way to a spot in Crooked Byu to find a crew already fishing , moved down a courteous distance and started chunkin lemon head matrix on a ¼ oz head, took awhile before the other fishermen left but then I started picking up a few nice specks mixed in with the throwbacks, after a RETIE OR REGRET moment, tried a Black with yellow tail matrix on a 5/16 golden eye and caught a few then, the bite died so I headed back to Byu Biloxi and made a stop at a nice tide line in Byu Grande lagoon to add a few more to the box. Had enough fun for the day about 3 pm and headed back to The Fort, the fog in the marsh broke about noon but as I got closer to the Rigolets (5.24 miles out from the Bridge) it closed in again, after I crossed under the L&N it cleared, WTH. Popping cork with lemonhead in the lagoons, and lemon head and black and yellow matrix tight lined in the deep water. Tide fell all day making a already low tide even lower as the day progressed. Clarity great in the marsh everywhere I tried. Water temp 52-55, wind light (had to spray down twice for the gnats) Finished the day with : 16 specks 12-15“ 8-10 throw back specks 1 throwback red 1 something never seen(retie or regret moment)

Top Water Trout

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While making a hunting trip to Sonora TX, Mr. Ted Price mentioned that he wanted some fresh trout to make Trout Almondine. So my buddy Duke Gallagher called and asked if the trout are biting this week and I said yes lets go, WOW were they ever biting. From the very first cast it was on and we never moved. After we put 50 in the box using a Havoc Grass Pig (swamp gas and watermelon colors) and with the bite getting better we started with the top water and the trout responded with blow up after blow up on top. What a sight to see. The largest was 2.75 pounds so no giants but plenty of real nice trout showing off on top. You would think that with water temperatures at 60 degrees the trout would be a little lethargic but these trout were very aggressive. It was very calm but very foggy as the picture shows. What a great day with great friends.

Sweetwater Marina

504-453-8382
UNBELIEVABLY good fishing today! Capt. Jack went out today..it’s been around two and a half weeks, since he went last. He took his buddy Kent Saxon with Gator Trax boats and his friends (the MudbuMs) from Iowa. They did a fishing show with the MudbuMs…and boy did they put on a show! They caught black drum, tons of speckled trout, freshwater cats, a big fat gar fish and some reds! It was just a great fishing show all around! You couldn’t ask for better action for a fishing show! The best part of it was that all the MudbuM guys were super great, down to earth, real country boys! This fog is out of control crazy..but if you can handle your electronics in your boat and make it to your fav hotspot…it is so well worth it! Everyone that came back in today caught loads of fish! The tide range is good; we had people call and ask about that. Also, water levels are normal. The only thing sucking right now…is like we said..the fog. Water clarity is nice. We have plenty of beautiful, live shrimp. We do have lodging availability, if interested. Also, book a charter..today…what a great Christmas gift to the guys in your life. Call now to ensure your date! If you can make it down, fishing is absolutely awesome right now! So, get here now! We can’t wait to see ya here at Sweetwater Marina! And happy holidays! Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Richie ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

DockSide TV “Running with the Bulls”

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www.MatrixShad.com heads far east chasing bull reds in the pensacola sound with Capt. Josh Lim from Lim-it-out Charters. Don’t forget 20 percent off till Christmas Day on Matrix Gear    

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Great day

Fishing THE PEN

TEAM JO-JO:   Nothing plan, but woke up at 5:00 AM as usual and for some strange reason me felt me had to go fishing, cannot explain the reason for this feeling, but me know it was going to happen somewhere, someplace, and it was going to happen now.   SIGNS:   Stayed home Saturday, did a little x-mas shopping Big William & team lost their first basketball game, me know they will win all the rest of them Restless night Internal clock Says get up, internal addition says go fishing Made a stop at Dockside, wind kicking and me knew it was going to be a run to make it to Lakeside Estate canal systems, decided this was not the place to spend our morning. Made a stop at Hwy 11 Tites Place, wind still blowing, but me think me could have handle the wind, me was concern about the run out & in to Northshore draw bridge, wind & rain could be a problem for that run. Made a pass at the launch on Hwy 11 to bar pits, but the grass, weeds look to have taken over the canal, once again not the options / conditions me looking for. Next option THE PEN out of Gulf Outlet Mariner, any south, east or west wind this be the place to be, don’t even try with a strong north wind. Plus short boat ride to honey holes. Bay Flat Jr slide into the pen with ease, Yamaha Nightmare Machine took one pull to get her started, NOW that is a good sign. Off to spot # BB-3 to start our day   CONDITIONS:   Perfect S.E wind 20-20 MPH. steady as she blew Cloudy over cat day, me like this Mild temps, kept jump suite on for rain more than cold Had some liquid sunshine get me, but not much, me got of the water before it came down hard Water level up 2 foot Water Temp 59.9 F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a strong 6 plus, looked good did it Tide, could not tell not much movement in / of water, me think the locks might have been closed????? Only saw one other boat, nice to know me not the only nut out and about on a day like today. Bayou Bienvenue had 5 boats launched.   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. Feed that feeling me had in the morning, get me fix for the day Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Even with 20-25 mph wind, fished a lee shoreline, and had to throw into the wind, but casting no problem, and feeling the lure no problem, bites where a problem)   MOVING WATER: (Could not tell if water moving or not, but me think we had a slack tide, would have like to see water moving out.)   WATER CALRITY: (Not a problem, looked real good)   HOLDING FISH: (No fish to hold, the reds are their just not biting.)   PATIENTS: ( Don’t need any, me loved what me doing)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………NOTHING, NOT A BITE   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING NOT A BITE   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…………………NONE   ·      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……………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 ……………N/A   Word is from Big T-Doc that Big Pablo has a new rig, (Big T-Doc says it very effective in the catching department) for fishing for live shrimp as he explain to me, me never heard of this type rig / technique for fishing live shrimp, once me get all the info, me will post and possible have a picture of his rig for all to review & try.     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   #BB-3, 4, , stopped fishing at 8:49, turned the By Flat Jr west for s 60 second boat ride back to launch   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day ( ZIP ) NMR Silverwonders Fishes 100 / Oneofthepack zip Got me morning outing Got to see Peanut again Got some time on Yamaha Nightmare Machine Both the FORD transporter & the Bay Flat Jr got a washing like never before, many thanks to the rain god for helping me out. Saints win Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Fisherpersons 0, weather all in   SUGGESTIONS:   Me think our motto of “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” was stretch to the max this morning, not only did the weather man have it right, but his prediction was right on time, (9:05 ) the heavy rains came, me already on top of the green bridge oin the way home. Keep eye on weather try to fish between rains, and be safe.   Intel from Saturday Team Jo-Jo crew, seems Big Don got on a school of reds out and about in his new boat / first boat. Me think he will make rookie of the year with his first mate Big Lucy to help him on his quest for the Silverwodners & reds.   Big T-Doc and his crew got on some bulls, returning home with 15 of the BIG reds. Big T-Doc called and said as he was cleaning them he wanted to look and see what they were eating, he said their bellies where full of 3-4 “perch, now we know we have fresh water in / around zone 1 & 2. They even found a dozen or so Silverwodners as they fished spot # 14, 15, 5, 20, 21, seems live & dead shrimp was the fish menu for today, lures what little action.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Fishingsight is always twenty-twenty.   O & A:   What does it mean to fish a good life?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   No fishing scheduled / plan for next week, but me always have that feeling deep down in me and on the surface that way the urge can be triggered very easily from any point in me body & mind.   Plus me have a feeling Big Curtis & Big May at their stage of waiting for a trip, to support / accept our motto “YOU GOT TO GO TO MKNOW”, hope to see all you fisherperson out and about, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Word on the Street – GPS spots to consider

Out of Bayou Gentilly, you have access to great world of Disney Redfish, if own your menu, fish close to shorelines Intersections such as the ones with GPS info may be considered Fish at your own risk Must be 16″ to make the ice chest – Reds anyone? Live shrimp, when available, May not be good for reds, but good for fishermen Falling tide, Falling Tide, Falling tide Low tides during winter with North Wides, have to be careful Always have a Push Pole or Sea Tow Membership   If you have any luck at these areas, please post so other fishermen have success and get to enjoy fishing, catching and eating.   Over and out Keep on posting

Don’s Outdoor Debacles is back

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Got boat and accessories somewhat figured out and hanging in slip, wife is in MS for the weekend.  Easy choice.  First solo trip, did not want to put anyone thru my learning/navigating live lessons. Started late, waiting for the trout to warm up.  Headed to orange bayou area and chunked some reddish/purple beetles.  Almost non-stop action from the get-go, only issue is they were red and small, no silver.   I’m not one to leave plenty catching fish to find fish, so I kept plucking away for a while.  Every now and then I would tip with market shrimp, and that is where the keepers came from.  Catch/release that many reds are rough on the hands, they cut me up a few times.  On the way in I joined the groups of boats in Little Lake for a bit, nada for me, never have any luck in Little lake. Somewhat interesting note in Orange Bayou, crabber was picking up a trap nearby where I’m fishing, and he startled to find a bunch of large perch in trap, now that is some fresh water. What hit the boat: 40 reds, kept 5 of them. 2 shells, kept none of them.        

Sweetwater Marina

504-453-8382
Launched about twenty boats here at Sweetwater today. Some were back as early as 9:15 with limits of speckled trout. Most of them caught in Lake Batola. Also, Little Crevasse off of Oak River seems to be doing good and the twin pipe line close to Lake John…fishing on the bottom. Here’s the news everyone has been waiting for..if you want to catch fish and close, Little Lake is hot. We have plenty beautiful, beautiful live shrimp for the weekend. So come on down and get in on some of the action…you won’t regret it! Can’t wait to see ya here at Sweetwater Marina. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Richie ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Trout on Fire – We were not

Fishing buddy says you up to a trip for Friday. Yes, says I but rain forecast for 10:00am, but only 10% chance Wakeup call at 4:00am, loaded up Ford Transponder Rain drops all over the transportion, not a good sign Kept on our trek Headed to Breton Sound Marina First encounter with new owner – Pat Pat said trout bite good right before the front Drizzle most of the way to BSM Thought front theory may have been nonsense   However, we launched the boat, got 25 lively shrimp (not so lively) Headed to our Honey Hole, and Holy Cow. My buddy makes the first cast, Keeper trout coming in the boat. Light drizzle off and on, you could tell the front was on the way as the winds got stronger as the morning went on. Stayed at Honey Hole, and ended the day at 10:30am with our 2 man limit. Most fish were 12-13 inches. A few went 14 – 14 1/2 Plenty of throw back trout as well. What a feeling when you catch a limit.  Even better when it was at one stop. Headed back to the roost as bones starting to feel the cold. Short run this morning, but felt like someone shooting pellets at me, with rain beating against my face during the run to the spot. We caught a few of the trout on live bait, but the majority were caught on a Vudu Shrimp, white with chartreuse tail.  (2inch – small one) My buddy fished with a Matrix Shad Lemonhead, but switched over to a Vudu, after I was hollering “Fish On” more than him.  

Fishing Reports

16Jan

Sweetwater Marina

Who dat baby🖤💛🏈...boy was that a heart breaker yesterday or what?!?💔😢 But..We played tough and hard. Captain Jack says he can't wait for next year. As far as the Marina business, it's been sucking this winter due to the weather. The redfishing has been pretty good. However, the trout fishing hasn't been to good since Captain Jack & I (Sierra) went out this past Thursday. This has been one of the craziest and coldest winters Captain Jack says he can remember. ❄️🌨We are waiting for the thaw to come🌥⛅️🌤☀️, so the trout 🐟 will go back to biting. The trout are there; they are just laid on the bottom getting leech bites. Sorry about the no live shrimp. That's about to change here in the next week. Like we said before our shrimper is getting his other motor put on his boat (his other one broke) (then he got the flu 🤧😷). So, he should be back at it by next week 🦐. Not that the live shrimp would've done us much good, because the water is too cold for the trout to bite. I'm sure the weather will break, the water will warm back up and things will get good again. This time of the year...Delacroix is known for its fantastic trout fishing..just waiting on the weather to cooperate and go back to normal. Everyone pray 🙏🏻 let it warm back up, so we can fish, fish, fish! It's suppose to warm up to 74 Sunday...so maybe we can all make it out then. We do have boat sheds available. Call to ask questions or reserve one 504-342-2368. When we have one open, it doesn't last long. We only have a few that people rotate in and out of. Most of our boat shed customers are long term. They each have water and electricity going to them. Once they are gone..they are gone. Book now! Also, our lodging has some openings. But you know how it goes...it books quick, when the weather is its normal self! If you need specific dates, don't wait to reserve your room. Here at Sweetwater we keep it professional, safe, clean and comfortable for all of our guest. You have your own privacy. It's in the most convenient location...right across from our Marina and Bayou Gentilly. So easy. If you stay with us, you get free launches and can keep your boat in the water overnight. Also, each room comes with its own parking space underneath (reserved only for you). We have it all right here at Sweetwater. You can call 504-342-2368 with any questions or to reserve your dates today. We do have charters available. Our captains will make sure you return happy and with a box full of fish. You won't regret a guided charter trip. They are made for you to relax for a day on the water, let the captains take control, let them put you on the fish and untangle anything you mess up...you won't have to waste your time worrying about unhooking the fish or anything. You'll get an experience of a lifetime and memories that last forever. Book today. We can't wait to see you here at Sweetwater...no matter what it's for! We love, appreciate and care for each of our customers. Don't forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing...relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don't have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don't pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Remember..we can't wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina!
14Jan

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

MORE GREAT TRIPS FOR REDS... This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of guiding the Maeshack brothers, first time customers from the Shreveport area. John, Janneh, Dennis, and Jonathan joined me for a day of fishing and found the redfish hungry and ready to bite. Things started a bit slow but as the day warmed things improved or maybe we just found them stacked up. Whatever the case, we completed a limit of nice reds around noon on Tuesday. We then tried a few spots for sheepshead and drum but found none of the striped fish that wanted to join the party. Nothing to complain about though, with the reds that were on ice. Also a bunch more were caught and released while looking for the bonus fish so lots of action on this day. On Wednesday, John and Janneh joined me for a second day of fishing. Unfortunately, Dennis and Jonathan had to return to work and were not able to stay and fish. The redfish were plentiful again on this day and it only took one stop to boat a 3 man limit. We were even more determined to find some bonus fish on day 2 but only managed to find one sheepshead and one bass to add to the box of redfish. A bunch more reds were released after our limit was reached so lots of fish catches were recorded on this trip as well. I want to thank all of the Maeshack brothers for day one and John and Janneh for day 2 of their trip, 2 great days on the water spent with good people. I  look forward to future trips with this crew! LOTS OF OPENINGS FOR JANUARY SO GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS! THE REDS ARE THRIVING THIS WINTER IN THE COLD.   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER    
14Jan

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

REDFISH STILL BITING... On Thursday I had the pleasure of guiding good friend and customer Paul Collins and his daughter Calli from the Houston area, who had a swim meet in Baton Rouge this weekend. Paul had fished with a group a while back and showed Calli some pictures from the trip so she was excited about coming to fish with us.  She fishes a good bit back home and after a few instructions was casting the spinning reels with ease. Quite the competitor, Calli did a great job on the hard fighting redfish and she also landed the only sheepshead for the day, impressive for a young lady only eight years old. Paul and Calli enjoyed  some of the redfish and the sheepshead at Voleo's for dinner after the charter, a great way to end the day. Thanks again to Paul and Calli for another great day on the water spent with good people. I look forward to their return! LOTS OF OPENINGS RIGHT NOW SO COME ON DOWN AND ENJOY SOME FANTASTIC WINTER FISHING!   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER    
14Jan

Team Jo-Jo 2017 year end review

Team Jo-Jo / Oneofthepack (Snap shot) of fish diary:   Total years monitored:                  32                          (1986 to 2017 & counting) Avg. # of trips/year:                        54.91                    (Since retirement Avg. trips / year increased by 45-50%) T.T. fish caught:                               68,038.00            approximately (95% Silverwonders) (96% caught Delacroix) Avg. fish caught/year:                    2,126.19              (Best years 2009 (4,125) & 2015 (4,447)) Avg. fish / trip:                                 38.72                    (Best years 2995 (61.57) & 2009 (63.46)   Noted influences on fishing & catching:  
  • 10-3-87 heard (Delacroix Bayou Gently) story of a 6’-6 “ 212# Tarpon going through a butter fly net and into the boat
  • 11/8/87 new law 12” size limit on Silverwonders
  • 12-22-89 hard freeze fish kill
  • 12/29/90 Hard freeze fish kill
  • 8-11-91 bought Sonofthepack a 9.5 motor & flat fish Chef area
  • 10/19/91 bought new flat for Sonofthepack, he and Big Mark limited out on Silverwonders
  • On their madden voyage to Delacroix
  • 1993 Caernarvon Siphon open
  • 4/23/93 Queen Jo-Jo Marie Laveau (aka Jo-Jo borne 3-5-93 white female Labrador) she be Sonofthepack duck hunting partner and me fishing partner for 13 years.
  • 2005 Hurricane Katrine
  • Mardi Gras Pass developed Pointe Ala Hache (Don’t know the history and / or time line)
  • 2008 March open spillway
  • 2010 hard freeze fish kill
  • 2011 Deep water Horizon
  • 2013 Retire fish more / work less
  • 2016 open spill way 1-10-16
  Having a history of your catches, and when coupled with a diary narrative of the particulars of every trip, me feel is advantages for various reasons:
  • History / Intel from past trip can be used to help plan / strategized your future trips, techniques & presentation.
  • Allows you to share actual real time conditions / success and pertinent Intel / info with your team and fellow fisherpersons in a timely manner.
  • Its your score card, it represents the fair / good / best success of your past trips, might even help you from not making the same mistakes twice and help you duplicate your success of the best trips.
  • You can compare past weather conditions, tides, water clarity, winds, etc. (re: the 7 criteria of catching) and see how you strategized, what techniques you used to fish those various conditions.
  • You can compare what baits work best on each trip, presentations of bait too.
  • It also acts as a dairy for when you lose some desire, (i.e. age / health / etc.) to go fish, you can always go back and review past trips from years gone by and relive them, having pictures to support those trips is a BIG plus. This be the time in life me think more about this advantage of a diary.
  • One other thing me think a diary is good for, when your son, daughter, grandkids, nieces & nephews, family wonder what you enjoyed in life, they will have a fair accurate understanding of what it was, and have plenty pictures of the trips and fisherperson on them with you.
Me have (2) volume book diaries full of hand written Intel /dated / notes / etc., started doing this in 1984. After 2005 (Katrina) me started to post trip Intel on rodnreel.com along with pictures, and me now save each post for future review / reference. As me was putting this post together, me saw then in the late 70’s and into the 80’s the Bulk Terminal was a favorite honey hole for me. Technique was sliding corks, (have not used them in years) and live shrimp. Back then me had a 25 foot trawl, pull, (Dyke canal, and/or mouth racing boat ally up or down Bayou Bienvenue) it for 10-15 minutes caught 200-300 shrimp and that be me bait for the day.   Technique was to drop bow anchor in 25-30 feet of water back down on Chalmette side of Intercostal into 3-4 feet of  drop stern anchor, than pull be out to where me startled the drop off around 15 feet, lock both anchors down to stay in that position.   Me would fish with 3 poles, each set at different depths, 8, 10, and 12 feet once me got a hit me would set all 3 rods to that depth. Me also had a 4th rig for fishing with lures to paces the time away while waiting for the Silverwonders to turn on.   At me honey hole across from Bulk Terminal me was introduce to the slaughter pole technique of fishing, me mean catching. It was a 16 foot fiberglass pole that telescoped out from 6 feet to 16 feet. It was rigged with 60# mono, sliding sinker ½ oz., and 12-16 “leader, a hook, and live shrimp was the bait. Me watch a fishermen and his fisherperson load the boat up with BIG Silverwonders. They called me over, but me told them me just wanted to watch, latter they told me and showed me their technique / rig. Needless to say me bought one the next day, had a little success but not enough for me to use all the time. Did catch a BIG jack fish on it, what a fight it was.   Hope you enjoyed me memory lane, also hope you too will start your own diary & picture for you’re and others reviewing pleasures, be out on the water soon, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-jo & Oneofthepack
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