Big John C and Oneofthepack had a trip plan, Big John wanted to know it as alright to bring a client of his, yes says me, but it will not be a catching day, it will be a tough day of fishing, wind, water clarity, etc. not a good day to try and impress a client. Call you Thursday at 6 PM to let you know, no call so me call him, it will be just me says he, no problem says me. We have one more that till join us, (Big Don had called and express some interest in making a trip, no problem says me, just felt that Big John C & Doc. might cancel out) Big Don, (Not Capt Don) it will be 3 of us fishing out of the Bay Flat Sr. We all set, 3 it be, be it a fun & safe trip.
Me off the water to long, me going no matter what
Me dealing with grandkidsofthepack while Loveofthepack and Daughterofthepack off enjoying themselves in Florida for a few days, fishing trip with time limits not me style, so me just sat back and spent some time with grandkidsofthepack.
Up at 4 AM for 5:30 AM meet up at Team J-Jo official meeting place Waffle House in Chalmette
No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90, not good sign
No boats on Hwy, gas stations, and boar launches, once again not a good sign.
Me early enough to have a little quick breakfast, Big John then Big don showed up
Loaded all the gear into the FORD transporter, off we go.
Pass on McDonnel & Last Stop food store, me and crew on a mission
Check point Able water level in canal at junction , normal
Check pint Charlie, water moving at Reggio canal, good sign
Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, wind blowing so hard it was hard to open the door on the truck
Bay Flat Sr just swaying back and forth in her slings
Gathered all our gear loaded it all into the bay Flat Sr
Push the key in one turn and nothing, Yamaha Dream Machine was DOA, I mean noting work.
Huston we have a problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!new battery dead again
Quick thinking big Don, (That be way he makes the BIG bucks) lets got to my boat and take out trolling motor battery and bring here, great says all, did this switch in record time, one turn, Yamaha she fires right up.
Off to Lionel’s for some go juice, ice, Big Don asked we buying bait, not I says me, not I says Big John, so dead bait did we not get.
Off to spot # 18 to start out day
E. wind 15-20 mph, steady all day, face real wind burn and hot
Sunny & clear
Cool temps kept jump suite on all day
Water temp 71.3F
Water level normal
Tide hard to tell, wind and tide moving water all morning
Could not find any current lines to fish
Water clarity on a scale of 1-7:
Zone 1 a 2 plus
Zone 2 a 3 minus
Spot # 18 a 3 minus
Spot 17 a 2
Spot 61A,B,C,D 3 minus
Spot # R1, a strong 7
Had a few spot fishermen, and a few of those red fish boat running around the ones we saw where from Texas, there must be a rodeo coming up this weekend.
TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:
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.
Hit our hot spot # 17C but wind was beating it up pretty good, even with the anchors out dragging behind us to slow us down we were still doing 2.3 MPH
Try me Top Dog lures out, with them BIG Silverwonders hanging round in spot # 17C thought they might like to hit the Top Dogs for breakfast.
Give Big John C and Big Don the tour of me milk runs, but wind shut us down from running round, plus the clarity of the water just drained any and all confidence me had out of me.
Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:
WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind was a challenge today, but it did help us do the Oak River Troll in canal that somewhat blocked the wind, plus we had a few spots with wind at our back, but no fish.)
MOVING WATER: (Water moving all over the place, but it was hard to tell if it was s true tide, and/or to find some current lines to line up on and fish. It was still moving when we left, but was still not sure if it was the wind on actual tide moving the water.)
WATER CALRITY: (This too was a challenge, for the most part it was so dirty, it was hard to see the purple and/or chartreus glow lures, BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We found some real clean looking water………..now we need to learn, (when, where, way, how, what) to fish the area/s!!!)
HOLDING FISH: (Spot R-1 first time fishing it 3-2-18, water depth 8-10 feet, best wind south, north wind for Oak River Troll, channel had many drop off on each 4 corners, smooth bottom, no hang ups, most Silverwodners caught 5, 3 star fishing hole.)
PATIENTS: ( Boy did we need some today, crew & me did not give up we fish hard all day, we believed, we had confidence, we had empty box)
SKILL: (Todays skill was to expand me comfort level, we fished areas me never seen before, we crossed Twin Pipe Line, ran aground a few times, learn some new spots, and most important found some real good clarity of water to fish. Now all we need to do is catch a few Silverwonders and make our day.)
LUCK: (Finding clean water with a clarity me like, real back looking water nice and clear, hoping to spend some time in this new area and to catch a few fish in doing so)
Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………WIDN TO STRONG NO ANCHOR WE DO
Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..ALL SILVERWDNBERS & RED WHER CAUGHT THE WAY
Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
Cork ……..FRESH WATER CAT, USING H&H PURPEL BEETEL 2 FOOT UNDR CORK IN THE DIRTY WATER, ME WAS SO SURPRISE TO SEE CORK GO DOWN, ME ALMOST FELL OUT THE BAOT.
Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
· 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, DON’T LEVE HOME WITHOUT IT!!!!!
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:
Spot # 18 (1)t, 61A, ,B, C, D, 64, 64A, C, stopped fishing at around 11:40, turn the Bay Flat Sr north for a very bumpy ride into a north 20-25 mph wind back to the slip. BUT!!!!!!…….trip not over, ask me tot eh crew, you guys in a hurry, no says they, stand by says me.
When we reached Sweetwater instead of running lest we turned right, off we go looking for some good lean water to fish, this be when we found Spot # R-1 in new zone 5 caught 5 Silverwonders, moved around trying to learn the area a little, stopped fishing around 3 :30 PM, back to the slip.
Lived to fish another day
(6) NMR Silverwonders 3 throw backs
(1) Rat Red
(1) Blue water cat
(3) popped lines
(1) Oyster shell cluster on purple beetle
(1) Oyster shell
(3) Tangled lines
(2) Bushel of grass
Food, snacks and water as provided by Big Don thanks man
As we were returning from trip and approaching flood wall on Why, Big John C tells us a story, (one of ma……ny) me loves his stories. Anyway he was telling us we have to watch out for deer crossing the Hwy, and about an accident someone had with a deer. Says me (smart me) me been running this Hwy for 50 yeasr me seen a deer one time, Just about that time , me say what is that crossing the Hwy about a ½ block from the flood gate…………you guessed it, it was a nice doe crossing the Hwy. This mad me day to see something like this, Mother Nature is never done.
Saw 3 Alligators, one that though we could not see him, but we did.
Spending the day on the water with 2 of the best fisherpersons me know, Big John C and Big Don, pleasure fishing with them as usual.
Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.
FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:
Big Don, came out the box super-fast, we just turn the Yamaha Dream Machine off, at spot # 18, he drops his lure over the side to do the Oka River Troll and a 13-14” Silverwonder almost pulled him out the boat, what away to start the morning. 4-5 hours later he caught Rat Red dong the Oak River Troll, he held his own in the grass department, and came up with the biggest oyster shell cluster me ever saw, but tis still not enough for the honors today.
Oneofthepack caught a cat fish, 3 Silverwodners, my share of grass, bottom twice, rope, Bimini top twice, bottom twice, and ran aground a few times, but all this skill & talent too was not enough to capture the honors today.
Last but not least we have Big John C, his contribution of 2 Silverwodners, loads of grass, tangled lines, many, many very interesting stories for our enjoyment. Leading us to the promise land of clean water with a clarity rating of 7 plus on a scale of 1-7, AND if only he could have landed the one that got away…..BUT me think after fighting it for a few tense minutes, we (not him) where all in agreement that the bottom put up a good fight, and he now had another story to add to repertoire of stories to tell.
Me don’t know what to suggest, me have no idea of what to do, where to fish, wind, water clarity, tide movement is such me cannot figure the Silverwodners out.
Me know Silverwodners are being caught from the reports me read, but me be confused and lost as to what it takes to locate & catch them.
Only suggestion me have is the water looks great on the Lake Amedee side of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs, and if you know some hot spots in that area you might want to give them a try!!!
Me Disney World known as Delacroix Island is / has changed and not for the good only Mother Nature can make it good again nobody else is qualified.
PONDER OF THE DAY:
If you only have a rod, you tend to see every problem as a reel
O & A:
If we count fish to fall asleep, what do fish count?
FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S next foray AGENDA:
Workout routine tomorrow
No fish this weekend
Gymnastic meet Sunday Big Ronin she be a contender for sure.
Wednesday me back at them, open Bay Flat Sr, first mate welcome
Thursday lunch date (12:30 at Southside Slidell)with Big Andrew, Big John C, Big Paul, (just met him at Crossgate Gym working out) and possibly Big T-Doc will be their too, stop by and talk fishing with us if you can, and share a few of your stories too, we have no limits tell as many as you like.
Friday, possible trip to trestles
Hope to see all you fisherpersons out and about, until then:
Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack