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Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Today’s trip was debut of Lucy in her new snowsuit.  She don’t like not catching fish in the cold, so now I have her not catching fish in the warmer.  Cloudy morning had me missing the pipeline, much easier shot for us semi rookies with a little sun.  20 re-oriented minutes later we back on Pt Fienne for some redfish action as most of us Delacroix fisherpersons have given up on trout.  Steady NW wind, just light enough to be fishable.    Water still on low side, not as low as I figured it would be.  It was kind of on, then it wasn’t, then it was for crazy 5 minutes, and then it shut down quick.  Lucy got a good cast in during the crazy 5 minutes and scored.  I took down the rest, it was a good haul for a lazy hazy trip. What hit the boat: 6 Redfish 1 Sheepshead 1 Bass (throwback) 1 Bushel of grass

Bayou Bienvenue & Redworries Intel

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TEAM JO-JO: After yesterday’s trip, me not sure me wanted to be back on the water, but me believe a missed fishing trip adds another day to your life, so me called Big PJ to see if he wanted to temp the weather & fishing gods today, yesum was his answer, so go we do. SIGNS: Made a run to Metairie (Buddy Poboy) Friday evening picked up gallon of potato salad for party tonight, also picked up 2 quarts (1) for Big Andrew & one for Big PJ, it be the best potato salad in town. Up early, (5 AM) Loveofthepack up early too, she heading out for the Oldman River marathon run, we both where greeted with a strong wind blowing when we stuck our heads out to check the weather, she looked at me , me looked at her, me think we both thinking the same thing lets go back to bed. No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Boast all over the Hwy, boat launches, Ed’s place, Bayou Bienvenue and Gulf Outlet all already had boast lined up to launch. We number 4 in line wanting to launch, m backed up the rig, jumped in the boat, Big PJ backed Bay Flat Jr into the water and me backed her off the trailer, like clockwork it all went well. Nobody in our spot #BB3 our honey hole, we motored over there to start our day, long 1 minute ride to honey hole. CONDITIONS: Perfect W.N wind 8-10 mph Cloudy overcast day Cool to cold temps, even with jump suite on the wind and cold was getting to me Water level down 6-8” Water temp stat at 53 than to 54F Tide appeared to be falling Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 6 plus Boats all over the place, had (4) fishing The Pen all morning AT spot # BB2 the Pelicans, Camagrants, and seagulls where diving all over the place, 50 to 75 birds, they looked like dive bombers diving on their targets, it was a beautiful sight to see. Bird activity was all over The Pen, bait on top of the water striking, minnows swim along the shoreline, mother nature and the wildlife was a live with activity, me was humbled to be a live and part of this moment in life TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Jr. and Yamaha Nightmare Machine *11 pulls to start the Yamaha Machine, she getting better This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. See if the Redworries where still round and wanted to come out and play Fish / find a spot with the wind was diminished a little from hitting us Fish / find clean water Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (We fished a cross wind today, right to left, but with the Redworries feel is not everything, cause when they hit it, they hit it and you know you had / have a bite.) MOVING WATER: (Me think we had a falling tide, as everything in the water was going from right to left) WATER CALRITY: (No problem with this criteria, water was a 6 plus) HOLDING FISH: (#BB 3 (18)r,  BB#A (6)r) PATIENTS: ( It was on, on, on from first cast, action lasted about 28 minutes, than they shut down completely, if you missed that window of opportunity you would have swear they was no fish in The Pen. Patients was needed from =when we fished BB3 and the time spent between getting to BB3A, very slow period with no action.) SKILL: (Technique / presentation of lure today, it was like playing Russian roulette, if you let your lure go down to far, the bottom would get you, but if you had is just of the bottom, the Redworrier would get you) LUCK: (By the time we got on the water 6:45 AM they had about 8-10 boats already launched, no one being in spot # BB3 was our luck for the day.) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………??????ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..NOTHING 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…………….98% 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 …………NOTHIN Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # BB# 16r, BB2, 1, 4, 3A (6) r. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (24) Redworries, 20 Ratreds (4) Bottoms (4) Popped lines Called Big T-doc, he and his crew had 16 Redworries by 7:45, (spot # 21) down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island. They went all the way out to Four Horse looking for the MIA Silverwodners, but nothing could be found, not even a bite. Short &sweet trip, with a lot of action, and a short boat ride. Picking up the Bay Flat Jr was a lot easier today than it was yesterday out of Lake P by Tites. Spending the morning on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, Big PJ that be. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Let’s just say Big PJ somewhat better Silverwonder fisherperson than he is a Redworrier fisherperson. SUGGESTIONS: Still no Silverwonders for us, Redworries easy to find, get early starts, fish early bite, and come home when the bites are over. PONDER OF THE DAY: Fishing is a long lesson in humility O & A: Where does the toe tag go on a dead fish? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Monday big Dwayne & Oneofthepack will be out & about Delacroix way. Tuesday Big Andre & Oneofthepack fishing with Big Mike Gallo Wednesday open day Hope to see all you fisherperson out and about, until then: Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Ejected / Rejected By Lake P

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TEAM JO-JO: Got up early, looked outside, FOG!!!!!!!! Decided to give Lake P a try along Big Bud’s (aka Eastofmrgo) favorite 5 mile reef, trestles in Lake P. SIGNS: Cancelled (Friday) trip with Big Mike Gallo, wind conditions where not going to be very favorable for fishing and/or catching Could not sleep, up at 1 AM, worked on computer for few couple hours 6 AM look outside, fog so thick you could cut it with Matrix Shad Lemon Drop. Had visons of 2015, when the BIG girls where all along the trestles during a foggy day, just had to go to know. Loaded up the Flat Jr quickly Lots of items in Bay Flat Jr, look like a storage locker, had to take all out and store, this no stop me on a mission Lots of trouble of getting trailer light to hook up to truck, this no stop me me on a mission Make it to Tites, ready to back her down and launch the Bay Flat Jr, truck blocking launch they fueling up one of the crew boats, this no stop me on a mission Yamaha Nightmare Machine was above herself, took 21 pulls for her to start, this no stop me on a mission. One the workers mentions to me the wind is going to pick up, no problem says me just looking for an hour or two, this info no stop me, me on a mission. Off me go into the fog CONDITIONS: Perfect Fog thick as can be, when me made it to the second fire break, it was crystal clear, no fog S.W. wind 4-6, than, 8-10, than 12-15, than 15-20 MPH, win went from 4-6 to 15-20 in about 10 minutes Sunny & clear, then the clouds moved in, partly cloudy Water level up 6-8” Water Temp 57F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 it was a 6 plus, looked real good to me surprise Tide hard to tell wind so strong, bow in line could not tell which way it going, but it be moving for sure Wave action 2 ½ to 3 ½ foot rollers with white caps, rough it be Only one other boat out, he did not fish all they did was watch me bounce up & down while me trolls for a very little while, they left when me let. Wind blowing so hard had to keep the Bay Flat Jr on a 45* angle from the trestles, pointed to the west, almost did what Big Andrew did a few months back, wind almost slammed me into the trestles, don’t know what me would have done if me hooked up with a Silverwonder, controlling the boat was a real challenge. Picking up the Bay Flat Jr was also a challenge, wind blowing straight up the canal, skinned me leg up, and smashed the boat into the guide knocking it off the trailer, this not be good.   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. See if the Silverwonders wanted to come out and play, they are overdue for the fall run, got to believe it will be soon. Practice me trolling technique, try different size jig heads to see what can get me to the bottom, if you not on the bottom, you be wasting time. Practice and note how much line has to be out to get me to the bottom Practice at what angel odes the Bay Flat Jr have to be to get the lure as close to the pilings as me can without getting hooked up on them. Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (No way this criteria a problem, wind was S.S.W. and you could not find a lee area to fish, bow in me line was a 3 foot arch, not good)   MOVING WATER: (Had plenty don’t know if it coming in or falling, but it me moving.)   WATER CALRITY: (This criteria off the chart, beautiful looking water, if only we had this clarity down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island what a life it would be.)   HOLDING FISH: (Me was more concerned on what me was going to hold, on to if it got any rougher.)   PATIENTS: ( Did not need any, was not out their long enough to impact me fishing.)   SKILL: (Operating the Bay Flat Jr with the waves coming straight up to the stern / transom, had to speed up and let up, had to keep the Bay Flat Jr same speed as the waves, and when me slowed down the crest of the wave was about 2 – 2 ½ foot above the transom, all me had to do was stall, and me think me might have gotten wet.)   LUCK: (Me did not get wet, me made it back one piece, Bay Flat Jr still in good shape, and trailer suffered a minor injury.) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NTO TR Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID ONT TRY Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….NOTHING, NADA, SKUNKED!!!! 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 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 NO HITS, RUNS, OR SCALES. Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: 5 mile reef along the trestles, from north draw to mile maker 174. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (0) Redworries No bottoms No popped lines Expanding me comfort zone fishing Lake P with a little wind Challenging Lake P with the Bay Flat Jr, me call this a thrill ride Spending a quick morning out and about with me, myself, and I Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Not me, not I, nor meself, me think the fishes take this one. SUGGESTIONS: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again, practice makes perfect, third time a charm, “Go to Know” PONDER OF THE DAY: The only impossible fishing trip is the one you never begin O & A: Why are we afraid of falling? Shouldn’t we be afraid of not trying? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Big P.J. and Oneofthepack will be in Lake P and/or Gulf Outlet Marine in the AM, stay tune for the rest of the story. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Redfish action for XMAS

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You don’t have to be a psychic to see what’s going on in the marshes of Louisiana this winter.  It’s a Redfish Bonanza on the Bayou for XMAS ya’ll, and it’s been a great time for everyone fishing out of Sportsman’s Paradise.  Man it’s been fun and i mean really fun.  The weather is cool and i don’t mind it one bit after the July we had, whew it was hotter than a 2 dollar pistol.  Those days are over and as the water cools down the Redfish get hungry man, really hungry. We’ve been finding Reds stacked up in deep holes and they’ll eat just about anything right now.  We’re catching plenty on 1/4 ounces weighted  jigs decked out with a plastic motor oil baby bull cocahoe minnow.  The baby bull cocahoe’s are made a little shorter which improves the hook up rate with the fished stacked up in cool water 50-60 degrees is normal now.  Work that baby bull a bit slower than granny walks around the kitchen and you’ll feel them bump it.  Go easy with the hook set until you feel the weight of the fish bend the pole a bit. Also of course you could use market shrimp under a cork or free lined if you don’t mind getting your hands a lil shrimpy while having some fun. Let us take you fishing this XMAS and enjoy some family time on a Redfish Charter.  Check us out online to book a trip for your crew. Capt Damien Melancon The Redfish Charter Company      

Sweetwater Marina

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Today turned out to be a great day at Sweetwater Marina! Especially for the guys who caught 78 trout and 1 bass. We also had anglers who brought in 67 sheep head and their 4 man limit of redfish. Mr. Antoine, Antonio, Antonio Jr., Larry, and “The game warden” (not pictured) were proud of their 78 trout and 1 bass they caught around Four Horse and Lake Campo. They have been faithful customers since Sweetwater began. Mr. Jim, Paul, Kelly, and Danny went to Stone Island today for their 67 Sheep head and 4 man limit redfish. They said it was a lot of fun and hard work, and they know they are going to feel it tomorrow but it was worth every cast. Unfortunately the weather is not shaping up for good fishing tomorrow but it’s going to follow with a warm up and should be beautiful by next week!! Sweetwater Marina’s loyal customers swear by Nicole’s “Magic bait” they say her touching the live shrimp, helps them to limit out on redfish every time

beautiful bievenue trip,,, at least until the end

had a very nice trip to the wall on  tuesday,,, was able to put put out there,,,, my girl gets a bit nervous when we go “faster than a snails pace,,, and i wanted her to have a good experiEnce,,, so we wen..slow slow.  got to the number one spot,,,,, went out there with just twenty or so live swimps.   no bites for the first half hour or so,,,, then the thievery began,,,, lost a few swimps to someone under water,,,, finally i hooked one,,,,, a sixteen incher,,,,,,  then another,,,, same size,,,, caught a couple of short reds,,, felt them shaking their heads on the way in.  then we hooked one that felt a bit bigger than the others,,,, asked for the net and rocky did great with that,,,, scooped up a 21 inch trout.  nice fillets!!!  next came the biggest fish of the day,,,,, big red.  made at least five runs,,,, he would see the boat and go,,,, and my hands and arms were cramping from the medicine i take for my ticker,,,,, my fingers weren’t working so good,,,, but rocky”s were and we managed to get him to the boat after talking him into a nice cool bath in crisco lake. we called it a day as the sun was going down and we were down to our last six swimps,,,, amazingly,,,, on the way in,,, i remarded to roxanne that we wouldn’t be getting lost,,,, but that most accidents happened near the boat launch.   when we pujlled into the back down,,, rox put one foot on the wharf,,, then hesitated,,,, and wound up falling into the water.  she had on my very large cabela’s coat,,,, fortunately i had insisted that she put on my life jacket which i recently acquired.  it was under the coat.  the water is quite deep at the end of the wALKway,,, well over her head,,,, she could not touch bottom and she was being weighed down by the water in the coat and on her jeans and shoes.  i jumped out of the boat and two fellas came running and we managed to haul her up like sack of potatoes.  it reALLy was quite scary.  i could quite easily have lost my baby.  managed to get her into the truck and warmed up a bit.  tried to lose my boat,,,, didn’t hook up the cable that holds the boat on the trailer,,, so had to back back down and put it on correctly.  but that was the least of our problems,,, quite an adventurous day.  waited until the next day to clean fish.  rock wasn’t up for pics that day,,,, pictures from the following day.  thank god for her help in such a situation.

TomL – Fishing Report – 12 Dec 2018

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Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Yesterday, me/Lucy made a mid-morning trip.  Trying to keep her from freezing until her insulated suit comes in the mail.  Tried to hit the timing sweet spot, but was a bit off, about a hour too late, 10:30 ish.  I got 4 nice reds in the boat within 10 minutes, things was looking good.  Wind/current picked up a few notches and shut ‘er down.  I finessed one more, and then it was over, missed the major part of the bite by that much.  Once I get that suit on Lucy, I’ll be able to get her out there that hour earlier, and hopefully get that girl on some fish.  My chartering skills would put me out of business real quick. What hit the boat: 5 Red keepers (2 throwbacks) 1  chunky Sailcat (release)

Redworries aggressive they be

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TEAM JO-JO: Today aboard the Bay Flat Sr today we had Big Hugh, (our tree expert, he planted a Willow try 1 year ago this past October) Big Willy (as we named it) is doing fine. Big Hugh and me talked last week and set up today for a trip to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island. Big Hugh also very proficient with the voice activated power pole function, and excels in knot tying SIGNS: Look to be a snow bird day, not me favorite for catching Loaded up all the gear, made a double check to make sure nothing left behind Me was a little early for our 5 AM meet up at Team Jo-Jo remote meeting place, Waffle House in Oak Harbor, Big Hugh was already there and had his breakfast half way finish. No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Only saw 1 boat along Hwys Not many boats in gas stations either Past on McDonnel & Last Stop food store Check point Able water level down 12-14’ Check pint Bravo, Reggio Canal tide look to be pouring in Bay Flat Sr was hanging low in the sling, thought me had her higher then that, but she as fine, and had no kittens in her. Quick work of loading her up Yamaha Dream Machine one turn and she fired up ready to go Motored over to Leonel for some go juice & dead shrimp, frozen all they had. Off to spot # 14 to start our fun day on the water. CONDITIONS: Perfect N.W. wind 8-10 mph, not bad at all Sunny & clear Cool temps, cold when running, jumpsuit type day Water level down 12-14” Water temp 46.3F up to 53.1F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a strong 2 minus, not looking good at all, we did not go out any further then north/south pipeline & Oak River Tide was coming in at Leonel and falling at spot # 14, fell all day Had those Lillie all over the bayou, me guess we have lots of fresh water Only saw 2 boats out and about Can anyone help me understand why the water is so dirty, sue to be water was clean all the time, any ideas out there, this be the worst year ever TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. See if the Redworries wanted to come out and play See if spot # 17A still holding Redworries Try to find some clean water Try to find some elusive, no-no, missing Silverwodners Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Once again we fishing with bait wind not a factor, wind did help us do the Oak River Troll, produced (14) Redworries, way to go wind)   MOVING WATER: (Falling all day, falling when we left, looked like it was getting ready to stop around noon   WATER CALRITY: (This still be a big problem, and this be me most important / concern criteria for me)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 17A & # 20 to 21, all fish caught their)   PATIENTS: ( Slow start at 14, water to dirty to stay long, made a few stops same conditions, ran over to spot # 17A bingo, action the rest for the day, no loss of desire and/or concentration after that.)   SKILL: (Knowledge of past trip, practicing what me dad told me many years ago, “Never quite a winner”, so that is why we went right back to 17A after we tried a few other spots when things slowed down, and it proved to be a good move)   LUCK: (Big Hugh brought some fresh shrimp for us to use, me did not know he did that, but that seem to do the trick with the Redworries) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………Did not try   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(14) (NMR) Redworries, perfect conditions for this technique)   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..(16) REDWORRIERS   Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   Dead bait……….(16) REDWORRIERS 2 FOOT UNDER CORK     Live bait…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….(16) REDWORRIERS   3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook…………. DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook…………… NOTHING   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A   Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # 14, 15, 1, 2, 2A, 17A (5) r, 17C, D, E, 17A (11) r, 20, 21 (14) r, stopped fishing at noon, turn the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick dire back to the slip. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders, they be MIA (30) NMR Redworries (1) Mullet (1) popped line Big Redworrier (2) Bottoms, 2 popped lines (1) Bushel of grass Some of the biggest, heaviest tastes roast beef sandwiches me every had, they weight more than the Redworries, but they be good, thanks Big Hugh for bring them. Being on the water with one of the best fisherpersons me know Big Hugh that be. Big Nick found the 5 missing kittens, they safe & sound in his boat now, the momma cat sure moves them around. Cannot believe me becoming a Redworrier fisherperson Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Any fisherperson that can catch a Mullet with an H&H purple beetle deserves the honors of fisherperson of the day, and that be Big Hugh!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUGGESTIONS: Bring FRESH dead shrimp, fish the points and moving water, and fish the grass lines too. PONDER OF THE DAY: Change your thoughts and you change your results. O & A: Is there inherent order in catching or is it all chaos and chance? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Not sure when me back on the water. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Safe Floor looks great on Bay Boats

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Great Sportsmanship is not dead!

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“I have been fishing in the Cocodrie area, golden meadow and Dularge this week and wrapping up today! The fishing was good, slow but managed a mess of fish each day, fun and laughter off the hook literally. Tangled lines birds nest reels, dropped poles in the water. And through it all the camaraderie among the guides was just short of amazing. No pissing contests on the water everyone of them helping the other ones out, laughing and just having a good time. And last but not least a group of guides on one boat riding around scouting out areas. Stopping to chat offer advice Ask for advice, they treated the recreational people like myself with respect and just an all around niceness. Just very pleasant people to be around on the water. What a shining example of Sportsmanship! Then I had the pleasure of joining in a conversation yesterday evening at the Sportsmans paradise restaurant, met Ms. Connie and just had a wonderful dinner talking about the days catch with all the anglers. It never ceases to amaze me how fishing is a universal language! Louisiana has some of the best fishing in the world and also some of the best fishing guides! Below are just a few I had the pleasure of actually meeting this past week and two I fished with. Thank you so much guys for being an advocate for good sportsmanship. It makes a fishing trip so much more memorable when the ambiance is beautiful weather great fishing guides, putting fish in the box and laughter all day long! It makes my job a dream come true! I can’t thank these guides enough for the wonderful time my friends and I had. Fishing with Captain Casey Lombard and Captain George Spivey was a blast! The highlight of the five days of bitter cold winds, and low water with little to no tide was the fact my friend Marc Scroggs visiting from Branson Missouri caught his first red fish ever and what a happy camper he was when he went on to catch three more even bigger than his first. Definitely one of the most fun trips I have had the pleasure of being on and writing about! All fish was caught under a popping cork and high water plastics, fish can’t resist them! Captain Casey Lombard Captain Loyd Landry Captain George Spivey Captain Travis Miller Captain Elton Captain Ronnie Lisotta My tournament guide! https://www.precisionfishingcharters.com/ https://highwaterfishinglures.com/ Matrixshad.com ” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2258531991098896&set=pcb.2258532517765510&type=3&theater

Sweetwater Marina

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Capt Jack’s charter with his dad (Big Jack) and Mr. Carl was very exciting. They caught their limit of redfish and a bass. The trio went to Shell Lake and Shrimp Lagoon for their catch of the day. We had a few anglers come in with reports of trout in Alligator Pass, Little Lake and Bay Andrew. They said the diversion has ended and the water is clearer and saltier. This makes for great trout fishing here in Delacroix. So to answer your question, “Are the trout moving in???”….. That’s a definite YES!! Fresh live shrimp available. Call Kelly to book lodging or charters 504-342-2368 or for more info. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am till 5pm! Thanks in advance! We have newly renovated, clean, comfy lodges with a great view…you can BBQ, on the porch that overlooks the bayou. We have brand new mobile home trailers that we rent, as well. One bedrooms& two bedrooms available. Very reasonable rates. Convenient location. Right across from our Marina. If you stay with us, you can leave your boat in the water. Also, we work with amazing charter captains. Captain Jack, owner of Sweetwater, is our main captain; he is amazing…he has been in the business many of years, great with children, with anyone really. He has a wonderful, funny personality. Book asap! Don’t pass up on limited weekends that are still available! Remember…we offer non-ethanol fuel, maps, gps chips, live bait, tackle, propane, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, nets and anything else you may need to have a wonderful day out on the water. Also…it would be greatly appreciated, if you tagged us in pictures/post about your experience here in Delacroix/at Sweetwater. Or you can send in your pictures and we will post them! We love to see our customers happy with our service. We try super hard to please everyone. Rate our Facebook, as well. Leave comments about your stay, your charter, your experience…we would love to hear about it. Can’t wait to see ya at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves their customers. BOAT SHED INFORMATION: We do have boat sheds available. If you would like to rent one, please call 504-342-2368 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm. They are $200 per month, include water and electricity and your boat launches are FREE! You will have to pay the first month upfront and keep a credit card on file. LODGING INFORMATION: Our One-bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guests; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, BBQ pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized futons sofas’), free cable and Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom. Our Two-bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guests; it includes a full kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, BBQ pit, dining area, living room area (with a full sized sofa), free cable and Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom CHARTER INFORMATION: The charters run up to $750.00 for up to 4 anglers for a full day. On the charter, we provide equipment, bait, licenses, if necessary, fish cleaning and the packaging of the fish. The only thing you need to bring is your food, drinks, sunglasses, sunscreen and an empty ice chest to bring home your catch. Our captains specialize in in-shore fishing; usually, the catch consists mostly of Speckled Trout, Reds, and Bass. For more information on, boatshed rental, charters or lodging to make reservations, please call us at 504-342-2368. A small deposit will hold your reservation. So, come on down to the second launch in Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina, and let Capt. Jack, Tony, and put you in the water and put you on the fish. Anything we can do to help make your trip fun, successful and safe, just ask! We would love to see you at Sweetwater Marina, the marina that loves their customers!

Lake P intel

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TEAM JO-JO: Opportunity knocked today, so me jumped all over it. Called Big PJ he no can go honeydews, called Big Andrew, he no can go honeydews, me though after you reached ascertain age honeydews where not required anymore, that they expired when the desire cease to exist. SIGNS: Took advantage of an opportunity Bay Flat Jr already loaded up, and ready to go Took all of 20 minutes to reach the launch In the honey hole by 2:05 Saw many Cormorants diving, this be the best sign of the year Had (4) other trailers at the launch, and one boat picking up Yesterday it took 22 pulls to get the Yamaha Nightmare Machine started, today ½ a pull, she likes it when you use her up. Off to trestles to star me evening of fishing CONDITIONS: Perfect N.E wind 10-12 mph, steady as she blow Partly cloudy Cool temps. jump suite on all evening Water level down 10 to 12” Water temp cold Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 10 plus, black, clean, clear water, water like you would see in springs in Florida. Tide falling all evening, pretty hard too Saw 6 other boats (3) casting & (3) trolling Could not be any better   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Jr. and Yamaha Nightmare Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Check out the trestles, see if the Silverwodners showed up yet Try different lures to see what they might want to attack Identify where the Silverwodners where holding along the trestles Try different techniques Re-educate meself on the how too’s of fishing the trestles Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not a factor today, all me did was troll, tight line accomplished by movement of boat)   MOVING WATER: (Had a falling tide all evening, me think me would have more action if it had changed and started to come in.)   WATER CALRITY: (This criteria was a little too much with a 10 on the scale, it seemed the Silverwonders like the water out by mile marker 134, as the water somewhat lost its clarity, still a 7, but a little sandy looking.)   HOLDING FISH: (Both sides, (block or so)  of mile marker 134)   PATIENTS: ( Needed some today, bites where far and in-between, catching was even a little slower, but just being on the water and learning what learn can, keep me interested all evening. And when me caught the first Silverwonder, me turn into a hound dog, sniff & searching for the Silverwodners.)   SKILL: (Being dedicated to trolling, me was in the right place at the wrong time, the Silverwodners are just about ready to bust wide open along the trestles, if we ever have a fog morning, and look out it will be on, on, on.)   LUCK: (Not having any Honeydews, due) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NOT TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..DID NOT TRY   Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….ALL FISH CAUGHT THIS WAY   Dead bait………NONE     Live bait…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….DID NOT TRY   3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………This did the trick   Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Lake P from Northshore all the way out to mile marker 134, keep going back and forth crossing mile maker a number of times, this be where the Silverwonders seem to be. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (3) NMR Silverwonders (2) missed (1) lure, does anybody catch anything with that type lure , see picture (4) bottoms (1) popped line Lots of fresh cool air for me lungs Dinner, all be it not enough, Big Randy & Oneofthepack both said the same thing, it really taste good when you only have a little to eat, but me think fresh Silverwodners taste good anytime. Spending the evening on the water with some of the best fisherpersons me know, me.yself, and I. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: One of the three mention SUGGESTIONS: It is only matter of time, (and it will not be long) before the big girls show up along the trestles, keep making rips so you don’t miss the action when it happens.) PONDER OF THE DAY: If fishing makes catching, and nobody’s catching, then why fish? O & A: If freedom is simply being able to do what you want, are Silverwonders freer than Fisherpersons? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Looks like next week before me fish again, but one never knows!!!! Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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

Bayou Bienvenue Journy / Intel

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TEAM JO-JO: First mate for today was Big PJ, we have been trying to hook up from some time, just needed all the stars / criteria to align for our trip to take place aboard the Bay Flat Jr. SIGNS: Up early, loaded up the Bay Flat Jr, it had been awhile since we use her, need to reeducate meself on what had to be down Me 15 minutes early for our 5:45 AM meet up at Big PJ abode Big PJ ready, willing and able Weather turn cold No wildlife sighting on Hwy 11 or 90 Not many boats on Hwy or gas stations Had to make a stop for some go juice Only 1 boat in Gulf Outlet Mariner parking lot, big surprise Water was up, so had to get Big PJ to back up the Bay Flat Jr with me in the boat, this not bad, but backing up to pick me up was a little more challenge. Off to spot #? To start our day of fun on the water CONDITIONS: Perfect N.W. wind 8-10 then 12-14 mph was and steady did it blow Partly cloudy, later in the day sunny & clear Cold, than cool, NICE, just like me like it Water level up 1.5 To 2 foot Water temp 56F Tide rising turned and started to fall Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 5 to 7 plus Only saw a few boast out and about, Most where inside of the locks on left hand side going out   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. Follow up on all the stories me been hearing about Silverwonders at Bayou Bienvenue, just like all other stories, all me head today was you should have been here yesterday. See if the Redworries are in The Pen yet Check out Michaud Slip to see if the Silverwonders showed up yet Find some fish Big PJ can play with Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Today we had the wind at our back on a 45* angle from left to right, but we were able to cast with the wind and still keep a tight line while reeling in. At sometimes we did have a bow in our line, and we would have a fish on without us knowing it, until we felt it run.)   MOVING WATER: (Hard to tell in The Pen, but it felt like it was coming in)   WATER CALRITY: (Ranged from 5 to 7 plus, looked good all over)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # BB3 (33) Redworries)   PATIENTS: ( Took a few minutes for our first bite, but after a while told Big PJ we need to reposition the Bay Flat Jr, we out of position, did this and the crazy 40 minutes was on, on, on.)   SKILL: (Knowledge on how to fish the spot, and boat position for the spot)   LUCK: (Big PJ learning how to back a trailer up) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………??????ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   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)…………….NOTHING   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…………….70% 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……………30% 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   Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Bayou Bienvenue spot # BB3 (33)r, BB16, 21, 13, 11, 10, 1, 2, 3, 1A (1)r, 1C (1)t, stopped fishing around 1:20 PM, had that look 1 minute boat ride back to the dock. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (1) Silverwonders (34) Redworries (4) Bottoms, 4 popped lines (1.2) bushel of grass The feeling of that fresh cold air hitting me face Cold ears Cold toes Watching Big PJ try to tie his line with cold hands Spending the mornings fishing with one of the best fisherperson me know, Big PJ Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Let’s just say it was like preseason for Big PJ, enough said SUGGESTIONS: Still cannot find the Silverwodners, but the Redworries seem to want to come out and play, we did it all with lures today. Change your quest for spots to the ones on Redworries and not those of the Silverwodners. PONDER OF THE DAY: Fishing & catching favor the brave O & A: Are there limits to fisherpersons creativity? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Big PJ & Oneofthepack will be, (in AM tomorrow)  assaulting Lake P trestles, and/or the Lakeshore Estates, predicated on results at/on each location. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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12.03.18 Capt Jack’s charter with Mr. Pat Beck and friends was a bit challenging at first, with the strong winds this morning, meaning trout fishing wasn’t going to happen today. So they went on the Redfish hunt and that turned out to be a great success. They limited out and even threw back over 20 Redfish. In the end they brought in 22 Redfish, from around Shell Lake. They also caught 8 bass, 3 fresh water catfish, and a sheep head. Tomorrow Capt. Jack will be fishing with Capt. CT Williams, which will air Wednesday night on the “Fish and Game Report”. Capt. Jody Stephens, Hank Mann and the Lake Oconee crew from Georgia did have success with the trout today. They had over 40 from the Lake Amadee area by the twin pipeline. We will be looking forward to seeing the guys again next year. They enjoyed lodging and launching from Sweetwater Marina for the last week. We were also happy to host Steven and Hai on their 8th annual fishing trip at Sweetwater Marina. They said it gets bigger and better every year they come. All the guys had a great time and couldn’t wait to share some of their pictures with us. We had another angler who limited out on Bull reds in Lake Callibas, he and his wife and son said the wind was a little strong but they enjoyed they family day out.

Sweetwater Marina

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11.30.18 Capt Jack said it wasn’t easy but they had a great time on his charter today. Mr. Ron, James and Tony had to go searching, but they ended up in the same place as yesterday to bring in the catch of the day. Lake Amadee side of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs. 15 trout, 20 Redfish, and 2 Bass were caught on the Delacroix side of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs. The catch of the day goes to the Georgia fellas who brought in a Redfish over 36 inches long! We had a few regular customers share a few photos of their catch. We couldn’t resist showing you of all the different catches of the day. Sweetwater loves the awesome costumers we have. We have fresh beautiful live shrimp! Come visit us at Sweetwater Marina! Call Kelly Mon-Fri, 9-5, for lodging, charters or boat shed rental 504-343-3268.

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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AWESOME DAY OF CATCHING This past Friday I had the pleasure of guiding good friends and customers Mr Jeff Gosciniak and Mr Randy Becnel. Everything fell into place for us as the trout and the reds were biting and we were able to box full limits of both. H&H Beetles and fresh shrimp under popping(clip on) corks did the job on the specks and reds. The day couldn’t have been any better regarding the fishing and the fellowship and is one we will remember for a while. Many thanks to Jeff and Randy for their return business and for making the trip possible. Looking forward to next time guys! WE HAVE BOATS OPEN DAILY RIGHT NOW AND ARE HAPPY TO TAKE CARE OF ANY OF YOUR GUIDING AND OR LODGING NEEDS. 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      

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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SPECIAL DAY ON THE WATER This past Thursday I had the pleasure of guiding my good friend and customer Mr Dwight Johnston and it was our privilege to have on board Mr Dwight’s son father Matthew Johnston who is serving in the LaPlace area and has just received his degree in Canon law, Father Cody Chatagnier who is serving in the Houma-Thibodeaux area, and Father Collin Braud who is the new pastor at VOL in Marrero. The young men are doing great work in the church today and are so valuable to the members of their congregations and are appreciated. They are needed greatly by the Catholic Church especially right now and are doing fine work leading us all in the right direction as Cathoilics. It was a true blessing to spend a day on the water with them and of course my good friend Mr Dwight. It is a trip that I won’t soon forget! By the way the fishing was pretty good a little later in the day after a slow start. Thankfully my crew consisted of great people and avid fishermen and the redfish limit was reached in the afternoon. A few bonus fish were added to the mix as well to top off a great box of fish. Fresh shrimp under popping corks was the ticket for the hard fighters! Many thanks again to Mr Dwight, Father Matthew, Father Cody, and Father Collin for a memorable day on the water and for the honor of being a part of it! WE HAVE BOATS OPEN DAILY FOR DECEMBER AND THE FISHING HAS BEEN OFF THE CHARTS. COME ON DOWN AND TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME OF THE BEST FISHING OF THE YEAR THIS WINTER!   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    

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Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Me/Lucy back at it today in Pt Fienne area, looking for 1/8 of the action I got there the other day.  Not quite, but close.  Tide/current was finicky today, either dead slack or ripping.  First fish of the day was a 27 inch feisty one. It appeared things were about to turn on several times, it just never happened.  I fished them tough anyway, and got a few extra bites.  Some days you just got to take what they willing to give, but I’ll be back.  Turned into a nice little trip, despite myself. What hit the boat: 2 Redfish keepers (4 throwbacks and 1 release) 2 Sheepshead 1 Bass 1 Bushel of grass 1 super crushing wake from a boat passing me from behind going about 50 mph in the twin pipeline, 4 feet to my left, you didn’t kill or harm us this time, maybe next time.

Good 2 B Back

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  TEAM JO-JO: Trip today, (Friday) has been planned for months, Big Dave (Yankee customer) called in October said he would be in town for a meeting and wanted to know if we could hook up for a tip to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, yessum says me. Me had a little problem, just return from a (15) day vacation, been off the water (26) days and me had no Intel on the what, when, where, how, & why of catching, and/or existing conditions of the water. So me emailed out a RFI, (Request for Intel) to Team Jo-Jo & others, got response from Lake P all the way out to Black Bay, entered it all into me memory bank. Me made the decision to call Big Don, (Don’s Outdoor Debacles as known on RNR) me ask, what you doing in the AM, says he going fishing, says me, want to jump on board the Bay Flat Sr to help guide us to the Redworries, yessum says he, now we have a full crew, current Intel, and a GIANT desire to be back down at Delacroix in search of the elusive (still elusive) Silverwonders and Redworries. SIGNS: Been away from Delacroix to long, me hands where turning white again , sun tan gone, from lack of sun, callus on me finger gone from not holding / working me rod, wrinkles in me face and forehead disappearing, all not a good sign. Took a couple of days to get the trip plan, (i.e. who going, where we go, where we stay) had it all nailed down the night before. Evening before “F” (Fish) day, me get a call from Big Nicky (Slip landlord) this not good thinks me, we talk for a while, (me waiting for the boom) when he says you had company in your boat…………………..now me getting really anxious………….you had (5) kittens in your boat. Seem mama cat felt threating by the Coyotes that have shown up down at the island, seems they have a large concentration / packs of them running around. What Big Nick and me cannot figure out was how the mama cat got those kittens, (not born their) into the Bay Flat Sr, when she be hanging 7 feet in the air. Big Nick relocated them for us, and they were gone when we arrived. Me told the story to Big Don, says he we had the same thing, (Kittens in boats) happen at his slip which was mile or so up the road, seems the Coyotes are all over the pace. Check point Able, water level normal Check point Bravo, Reggio canal water coming in Gave the 20 second speech abut crossing Hwy7 and dock around the Bay Flat Sr. Crew made quick work of loading Bay Flat Sr Yamaha Dream Machine fired right up with one turn of the key. Made a quick stop at Lionel’s for some go juice, ice, and dead shrimp Off to (now decision time) spot # 64 to start our day CONDITIONS: Perfect S.E. wind 4-6 mph, than 8-10 mph as the day went along Cloudy and overcast, just the way me like it Cool temps, jump suite time. Love when me have to wear me camouflage jump suite, the fish cannot see me in it. Water level normal Water temp 56.7F me and the fish like this one Tide pouring in Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2, not good at all, Lake John and Twin Pipeline had a 2 plus, best looking water a 3 was in Lake Amadee. Not many boats out and about When we out of the wind, we had company NATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Elusive Silverwonders still elusive, one crew had 2 fishing Lake Amadee area.   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time , all (52) miles and 2 ½ hours of it 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. Get back in the groove Re-educate meself to the wonders of Delacroix, and all she has to offer Create new memories for Big Dave that he can bring back up Yankee way and make all aware of our state known as paradise. Give Big Don chance to guide Big Dave & Oneofthepack on a quest for the Redworries, we appreciated his efforts and feel he did an excellent job. Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not a problem, we fishing with bait, still like the wind at me back even with bait, but not as critical.)   MOVING WATER: (Had plenty, pouring in, so much so, felt we had to fish open bays, because cuts and channels would be moving too fast and too much current. Ask yourself would you like to hold still / stabilize in a wind storm to eat, or would you get out of the wind storm?) WATER CALRITY: (This is a problem across the board, not only is it dirty, but very fresh, and sandy looking, me think it will be late February before the water straightens out???)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 17A Redworries loving this spot)   PATIENTS: ( Caught a few, then a little dry spell as we ran around looking for them, but just being back on the water was enough to keep me occupied)   SKILL: (Knowing who to call)   LUCK: (Knowing who to call and he excepts the invitation) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………NOTHING   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID ONT TRY   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..ALL FISH CAUGHT THIS WAY 2 TO 2 ½ FOOT UNDER CORK WITH JIG HEAD & DEAD SHRIMP, NO LURE   Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   Dead bait………ALL ON DEAD BAIT   Live bait…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….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……………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   Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # 64 along shoreline (6)R, 64A, B, 61C, B, A, 18D, 17A (28)R, 21, 20, 23, 43, 43A, 53 (1)R,  54, 51C, 51D, R1, 2, 3, 4, stopped fishing at noon turn the Bay Flat Sr north for a smooth ride back to the slip. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders, still elusive they B (35) Redworries (1) Bass (4) freshwater Catfish (2) Crabs (2) shorelines (1) Bottom (1) Bushels of grass Big Dave brought a banana on the Bay Fat Sr, we enjoyed him throwing it overboard, that be when we starting catching See Big Dave stop fishing with the spinning reel upside down, me was having a hard time adjusting to this on previous trips. Being out & about in me second home Seeing Big Dave’s face with his BIG Redworrier, made the trip for Big Don & meself Being on the water with (2) of the best fisherpersons me know, Big Dave, & Big Don Fishing with Big Don, having him show / share his expertise, techniques, presentations, &  guiding us to the Redworries Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Me thought me had a shot with me Big Redworrier, but my size did not hold up. Big Don took a while to get on the board, but once he did he was on, on, on, but me think he was one ON short. As for Big Dave, he caught the first, biggest, and was on, on, on, on, for a Yankee he had a good showing, and he be fisherperson of the day for sure. SUGGESTIONS: Redworries are on, on, suggest you buy fresh dead shrimp bait, select the size you like before you go down, as we had a hard time keeping ours on the hook, both from catching and casting. PONDER OF THE DAY: Never test how deep the water is with both feet. O & A: Why do fisherpersons have such a strong urge to distract ourselves from the journey? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Still planning, me thinking Lake P and/or Bayou Bienvenue Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Capt. Jody Donewar

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Took a doe yesterday evening here at Rock Hill Hunting Club. The wind was howling out the south. But the wind was in my face just the way I like it as I hunted a field favorable with a south wind. Figured if I was going to see any deer it would be late. Sure enough a doe came out on the green field at 5 pm. She presented me with a broad side shot at about 75 yards and the Tikka 308 did the job. Put the 150 grain bullet just behind the shoulder and she ran about 30 yards and piled up. Going to turn her and the buck into some good sausage and hamburger. The rut will start in about 3 weeks and the big bucks will be on the move. Capt. Jody  

Foreign Affair

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TEAM JO-JO: This journey was afar, some 6,000 plus total developed miles over a 15 day period, Loveofthepack and Oneofthepack, made our way across the open seas in quest of  knowledge, culture, architecture, people watching and the various fish & shell fish that dwell across the pond. SIGNS: A much needed vacation away from realty Trip was put together by Loveofthepack, no problems had we, she be on top of it all Plains / flights long but time passed by as we had our own TV set at each seat Customs coming back was a little stress full in New York Viking Star was an excellent ship in all the possible way you would measure a ships performances to, (I.e. ship, staff, personnel, excursions, entrainments, food, drinks, snacks, passengers, room size, shower size, (big one for me) etc., etc.) Star be the very, above the top of the line. All was good, good time by all CONDITIONS: Perfect Sunny most days (3) Ports we had a little rain in the AM, but after that it be sunny all round us. Temperatures mid 50’s, to mid-60’s, real nice it be Ship comfort zone was off the chart, well controlled   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun One on One quality time with Loveofthepack Put some run time on our vintage bodies This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Expand our comfort zone Gather Intel for future trips Meet and make new friends Expand our culture & education See how the other countries live & play The seven fundamentals / criteria a journey like this:   Have the time, (i.e. retired) to have an extended vacation Have good health, take note of the degree of difficulty for each excursions Be free of youngings, they be out the nest Take that bold step and put yourself out their Review / plan your trip, dot the I’s & cross the T’s, Loveofthepack did one excellent job of bring the trip together Be open-minded, patient, & courteous at all times Save, save, save & save. LURE DU JOURE: The unknown Curiosity Excitement Anxious Expectations Ability Resolve Be able to say me been their AREAS / SPOTS / stops on the map: Venice, Italy Split Croatia Confu Greece Cruise the Lionian Sea Naples, Italy Civitavwcchia (Rome) Italy Florence / Pisa (Livorno) Italy Monte Carlo, Monaco Barcelona Spain OUR REWARDS: Lived to cruise another day Learned that US Navy cruise and pleasure cruise are a lot different in many ways. Lost in time No problems / no worries Learned Loveofthepack and Oneofthepack can handle more then (1) martini, seems we had no limit of the dirty, and/or Lemon Drop martins, as we had no fear of a DWI, we were not driving the ship. Expanded me taste for various foods, me tried them all Gain some weight, no good Beat Loveofthepack at Texas Holdem challenge Seeing the various markets places, it had me go back in time when the French Quarter had its market place, with fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, and many other products that could be bought at the market, now it be a flea market. Arrived home safe & sound, with a great health improvement, both mentally & physically. Best cruise trip of my life, until the next one. CRUIESPERSON OF THE DAYS: Big Mille from New Iberia, her and Big Simone, (met both of the ladies on cruise) help keep Loveofthepack and Oneofthepack on track, with our partying, eating, drinking, and socializing throughout the ship & journey. SUGGESTIONS: If and when you can, “JUST DO IT”!!!!! PONDER OF THE DAY: Living is- Living is a thing you do now or never- which do you? O & A: How important is a journey in living a healthy and fulfilling life? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:   In planning stage!!   Good Travels Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweet Water Marina

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Fishing Reports

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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I went back to first mate duty today as I launched with my neighbor Ray in Reggio.  We toiled up in Lake Amedee all cloudy/misty morning.  Tide was ripping again, maybe a little too much.  A handful of trout bites was all we could muster, even live shrimp was no match for the elusive silver-wonder stinginess.  Learned a new route to Amedee from Delacroix as I’m still working on a internal auto-pilot.  A few small reds closed the show, it was tough pickings most of the day.  Probably be back in Delacroix in the am, my redfish hole is calling with these SE winds. What hit the boat: 2 keeper specks 2 throw back reds 1 throw back bass

TomL – Fishing Report – 28Nov 2018

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Safe Floor can make your old boat deck look new

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Capt. Jody Donewar

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THE BIG BUCKS ARE STARTING TO MOVE! Yesterday evening I got in a nice shooting house here at Rock Hill Hunting Club. It was over looking a beautiful green field with two lanes planted in wheat. At 4:30 pm two bucks and a doe made their way out in the plot to my left. The bigger buck kept going back into the woods not presenting me with a shot. Finally the big buck stepped out of the woods giving me a neck shot. I took the shot with my Tikka 308 and he hit the ground. This is the second deer I have taken in two weeks as I took a doe last week along with two hogs. Plenty Deer, Turkey and Hogs here at Rock Hill Hunting Club. Capt. Jody          

specks and long range trip to cally

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a  buddy of mine    is  wacking  the  specks in  venice  on  live  shrimp    bigger trout  than  normal   got  his  2  man  limit  quick           I made   a   11 day  long range trip   to   cally   we  fished  in  Mexican  waters  approx.  400  miles  from  san diego        the  boat  got  102  wahoo    from  35 to  60  lbs   120    yellowfin tuna  most were 25  to  30 lbs     biggest  on   board was  141 lbs   I got  1  at  86 lbs   we  landed 120  mahi   5   yellow tails and   5   queen  trigger fish        I got   9 tuna   6  wahoo    8 mahi and    1 trigger    about  500 lbs  of  fish  for   me      I got   2  wahoo   on  bait  sardine  and  4  on   a wahoo warrior jig    I  make  in  water mellon  color    they   torn  the  paint  off  that   poor  jig   I will   have  to  put  more clear coat  on   them   before   I  take  them  back   to    cally   next  year        we  fished  6  days   hard   and   the  bite   was  steady     but   not   wide  open    we  had   to  work  hard  for  the  fish   we   caught      1  day   we   got   17  hoo   with   approx.  50  mahi    the  next   day  we  got   42   hoo  the  next day  43  hoo      there  were  21  fisherman  on  the  boat       one  guy  caught   a  100 lb  blue  marlin   that  came   right  in   not  much  fight  at  all     another  caught  a   150 lb   mako   on  the  troll   which  we   did not   keep      the  weather   was  almost  perfect  72 degrees  and  a  light  breeze     seas  were   1 ft  or  less   and   the  food   was  fantastic      if   you   have   never   been   on   a  long  range  trip       you   need  to  put   in  in   your  bucket      I have  been  on  4 trips  now    5 day   8  day  and  2   11 day trips  all  were  very good   2  were  steller  and  2 were  good   a super  group  of  guys    all  seasoned  veterens of  off shore fishing   it  did not  take   me  long   to   fit   in          cant wait   for  wahoo  season  to  start  in  venice      capt   todd

“LIVE LIKE KEITH”

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I first learned of Dr. Keith’s cancer diagnosis in 2015 when I received a call from a family friend asking me to help Dr. Keith check off his bucket list- a fishing trip with his son. With two phone calls, two boats and the Faux Pas lodge were arranged and immediately ready. Unfortunately, chemo took precedence, and we never made the trip. Dr. Keith passed away 3-1/2 months later at the age of 45. I later learned that his sportsman was Kyle, now age 12, the youngest of his six children. Last Saturday morning, Kyle and I left the dock at 4am, headed out for our first duck hunt together. Halfway to the lease, with just the two of us under the near full moon, a sudden, overwhelming sense of responsiblity for another man’s son sent chills down my spine and left tears in my eyes. Although I take plenty kids in the outdoors, it’s usually not under these circumstances. As we continued down the bayou and knowing Dr. Keith was watching from above, I responded with 2 q-beam blasts and a wink towards heaven. The q-beam was to let Dr. Keith know I would take care of Kyle like a son of my own, and the wink was to ask him for a little help with the ducks. After all, this has been the slowest South Louisiana duck season of my life. Anyone that knew Dr. Keith will tell you, he loved God and his Family and lived with the conviction that life was meant to be enjoyed today. As one family friend said, “Of all the things he’d accomplished in his life, there was nothing that gave him more joy than being a dad.” Hence, the “Live Like Keith” magnets that you can still find today on cars all around New Orleans. There we sat in the blind with decoys set, safety talk finished, and laughing about how imitating a monkey can scare away coyotes. Then it got real quiet as we watched the sunrise wondering if any ducks would show up. What Kyle did not know was how dismal the hunt had been the day before and the day before that. Then 8 teal appeared in the decoys 15 yards in front of Kyle. Then 2 more right in the same spot, one of which Kyle killed on the first shot. Then 10 more, a single, and after the “satsuma trick” and 2 breakfast bars, 12 more landed so close it made for easy shooting. I later described the hunt to my own sons and friends,who haven’t seen action like that this year, as “magical”. As the hunt was coming to an end, I realized I had just had the pleasure to “Live Like Keith.”  I spent the day with his son, Kyle, a son that he and his wife raised to be cheerful, well-mannered, intelligent, and enthusiastic about each and every day — especially one where Dad was along the whole way. I enjoyed the hunt, Keith. Thanks for letting me come along. Team Whaler

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Back out, me/Lucy today.  Water is finally up a bit in Delacroix.  Felt like 2 trips in one.  Trip one we searched for trout around 4 Horse/Round Lake and such.  Found some decent water and the tide/current was ripping, but one bite all morning and a skunking was on.  Afternoon Trip two seemed like a good time to switch to red targeting.  The water finally came up enough for me to comfortably slide back into my favorite 2 foot deep red pond.  And that saved the day, as 10 nice ones climbed aboard, and one other big one provided a show. What hit the boat: 10 Redfish (4 throwbacks and 1 release) 0 Everything else  

Sweetwater’s Marina

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Today was captain Jacks first trip this winter with his dad and Chef Richie (our old food trailer cook). They went scouting for trout and ended up catching some really big ones! They found some clean water, and that’s where they found the big trout. Captain Jack caught the biggest trout he’s caught in 2 and a half years. It was 25.25 inches long. We have been hearing some great reports coming out of Fourhorse. There are a lot of reds and trout on the South shore of Fourhorse Lake. If I were going trout fishing, I would concentrate in Lake Robin and Lake Amadee. If I were going redfishing,I would go anywhere I want to go. They have been cleaning reds since 10am today. So..when you get a chance, come on down. The weather is looking beautiful for tomorrow. We have beautiful live shrimp. Nicole just picked up a load of shrimp. All that being said..we can’t wait to see ya here at Sweetwater Marina.  #Delacroix #louisianafishing #delacroixisland #sweetwatermaria #sweetwatermarinadelacroix #troutfishing #trout #redfishing #louisianatrout #louisianareds 

Black Friday Special 1 stop shop

Scott and his 7 year old son Preston joined me yesterday for a good ole Dularge meat haul. First stop #Powerpole went down and it was on. Preston caught his first ever sheepshead, black drum, redfish, flounder and trout. Can’t beat that!!!! Fun times watching father son making memories that will last forever. Fishing is on fire. Give me a call to create your own life long memories this holiday season (985) 714-3987 #Jusgrabitglove #Pugliassportinggoods #GetEmShads #Highwaterfishinglures

Schooling Redfish

Doug, Karen, Kayla and Pauline came down from Missouri and got to experience a South LA redfish massacre Dularge style! All 25 fish caught on #Highwaterfishinglures and #GetEmShads! Captain Casey Lombard to book your trip 🎣📞(985) 714-3987📞🎣 #Jusgrabitglove #Pugliassportinggoods #Powerpole #Vudushrimp

Redfish Chaos

I was one of three boats fishing with this San Diego, California crew. All 3 days Jerry, Mark and Brad had the cooler overflowing with limits of redfish. They also caught all these species over their trip: Sheepshead(tons😂), Speckled trout(very few), Bass, flounder, Black drum and 1 freshwater catfish. Great crew and LOTS of fun. Thank you Captain Lloyd Landry with Outcast Fishing Charters for setting all this up. If you want in on this incredible bite give me a call and let’s get em! Captain Casey Lombard (985) 714-3987 #HighwaterFishingLures and #GetEmShads responsible for the carnage. #Filletzall blades made cleaning a breeze. #Powerpole kept us on da spot. #Jusgrabitglove protected my hands🙏. #Pugliassportinggoods sells all these fine products.

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Been going out here and there, and its been mostly uneventful with 1/2 suicidal fish a trip.  Today was going to be a bit of the same as far as I was concerned out by 4 Horse and all that dirty water, but my slip mate owner Charlie saved me from myself and I followed him trying to learn a new route.  Sweet little route, its going to take a bit more time for me to navigate like that.  He had a few friends down, still took the time to show me around and let me fish with them.  Nice group, we all yucked it up and fished hard.  Kept picking away at them around Pt Fienne, and by noon we had a five person limit of reds.  Good fishing, good company, it was good. What hit the boats: 25 Redfish (only about 5 throwbacks) 2 Bass 1 Sheepshead 1 Sail Catfish 1 Hardhead 2 bushels of grass

TomL – Fishing Report – 20 Nov 2018

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Sweetwater Marina

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Capt. Jack had a lot of success with red fish on his charters yesterday & today. “Dr. George” (Capt. Jacks personal hook extractor) and guest caught 25 reds, in the Lake Batola area, then went trout fishing in Lake Amadee and got 26 trout. With the weather conditions today, they only wanted to fish for reds and they limited out. Redfish are everywhere in the interior marshes of Delacroix. We’ve been hearing great reports of red fish in Grand Lake. Four Horse seems to be the place to fish on the south bank, for speckle trout mixed with a lot of nice red fish. Over all the trout are showing up in Delacroix, but we are having color issues with dirty water in the great trout fishing areas. The water needs to clear up, it’s too fresh, and the dredging of the pipeline seems to be an issue also. Weather is looking better, and the winds are laying down. It should be great fishing for the Thanksgiving holidays. Come visit us at Sweetwater Marina. We will have plenty Fresh Live Beautiful Shrimp. Please call Kelly @ 504-342-2368 to book rooms, charters or for more info. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am till 5pm! Thanks in advance! We have newly renovated, clean, comfy lodges with a great view…you can BBQ, on the porch that overlooks the bayou. We have brand new mobile home trailers that we rent, as well. One bedrooms& two bedrooms available. Very reasonable rates. Convenient location. Right across from our Marina. If you stay with us, you can leave your boat in the water. Also, we work with amazing charter captains. Captain Jack, owner of Sweetwater, is our main captain; he is amazing…he has been in the business many of years, great with children, with anyone really. He has a wonderful, funny personality. Book asap! Don’t pass up on limited weekends that are still available! Remember…we offer non-ethanol fuel, maps, gps chips, live bait, tackle, propane, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, nets and anything else you may need to have a wonderful day out on the water. Also…it would be greatly appreciated, if you tagged us in pictures/post about your experience here in Delacroix/at Sweetwater. Or you can send in your pictures and we will post them! We love to see our customers happy with our service. We try super hard to please everyone. Rate our Facebook, as well. Leave comments about your stay, your charter, your experience…we would love to hear about it. Can’t wait to see ya at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves their customers. BOAT SHED INFORMATION: We do have boat sheds available. If you would like to rent one, please call 504-342-2368 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm. They are $200 per month, include water and electricity and your boat launches are FREE! You will have to pay the first month upfront and keep a credit card on file. LODGING INFORMATION: Our One-bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guests; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, BBQ pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized futons sofas’), free cable and Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom. Our Two-bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guests; it includes a full kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, BBQ pit, dining area, living room area (with a full sized sofa), free cable and Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom CHARTER INFORMATION: The charters run up to $750.00 for up to 4 anglers for a full day. On the charter, we provide equipment, bait, licenses, if necessary, fish cleaning and the packaging of the fish. The only thing you need to bring is your food, drinks, sunglasses, sunscreen and an empty ice chest to bring home your catch. Our captains specialize in in-shore fishing; usually, the catch consists mostly of Speckled Trout, Reds, and Bass. For more information on, boatshed rental, charters or lodging to make reservations, please call us at 504-342-2368. A small deposit will hold your reservation. So, come on down to the second launch in Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina, and let Capt. Jack, Tony, and put you in the water and put you on the fish. Anything we can do to help make your trip fun, successful and safe, just ask! We would love to see you at Sweetwater Marina, the marina that loves their customers!

Sweetwater Marina

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There was some great fishing today at the marina. Mostly all redfish. The trout reports haven’t been that great lately, however today they got a bit better. One group was fishing in Round Lake and caught 30. Lake Amadee and Lake Robin seem to be action packed. On Captain Jacks charter today, they caught their limit of reds..then, they caught a BUNCH more that they threw back. We don’t know how many were thrown back..it’s crazy how many reds there are. The water is clean in Lake Batola, and the redfish action is pretty high in that area. It is ashame that we aren’t catching the number of trout we normally catch this time of the year. That would be due to the Mardi Gras pass and all the fresh water coming through. We won’t get onto that subject again. We are expecting even better reports tomorrow..for trout. The weather will be great tomorrow, light winds, good temperature and the water has already warmed up a bit. If you are a trout fisherman, tomorrow is looking good. Also, they are definitely doing work in the Twin pipeline. The pipeline has floated up in several places in the pipeline canal, so they are dredging underneath the pipeline, resinking the pipeline and then putting mud on top of the pipeline. They are almost finished. They are almost all the way past Lake John. Once they get finished with that mess, the water should clear up beautifully. Then, you all can get back in your fav fishing spot here in Delacroix. If you are going trout fishing tomorrow, head towards Round Lake, Lake Amadee and Lake Robin..those waters seem to have a few more fish. As far as live shrimp, we ended up getting a delivery this morning. We still had a few people that didn’t get to get live shrimp. We are very sorry to those customers. Nicole is on her way to pick up a load! We will have plenty for tomorrow. All that being said.. We can’t wait to see ya here at Sweetwater Marina, the marina that loves their customers!  #delacroixfishing #captainjack #sweetwatermarina

Sweetwater Marina

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Once again, some great fishing down here in Delacroix! Captain Jack went out on a charter, again, today! He took out Mrs. Shannon & Mrs. Melinda. They had a blast reeling in the reds. They went fishing from spot to spot from around 8am till 11am. It took a bit for the fish to start biting. When they hit their third spot, the reds were on fire! However, Captain Jack told them some good advice…”it wasn’t the spot..it was just when the fish decided they were going to bite.” To prove himself and betting the two gals..they went back to their original spot, and the fish were biting! His theory proved correct. Obviously, we aren’t surprised. Captain Jack knows what he is doing, when it comes to fishing!  We’ve heard some crazy news today. A customer came in and said it looked like they were taking out the center portion of the Twin pipeline (dredging) with heavy equipment. He said the water was muddy all around there. We haven’t heard that from anyone else. Captain Jack has not been fishing that way, so we don’t know how true this is.  Captain Jack wants to say “what a shame..all this fresh water coming through the Mardi Gras pass. The river is 12.2 ft tall. It has been coming through all summer long and now all fall. It’s just destroying the saltwater estuary. It is destroying all fishing in Delacroix. The real sad thing is it is destroying trout populations! Not only trout..Crabbers are suffering, fisherman are suffering and shrimpers are suffering. Someone put an end to this! It’s so sad riding down Oak river..marsh that used to be 4-5 ft tall..now 1.5ft tall with little yellow flowers growing on vines(sure there is a name for it..that we don’t know) smothering the life out of our Marsh because of all this fresh water. This will only result in major coastal erosion problems in the very near future! We need to use the marsh land we have left to create new marsh…take sediment from the river, pumping it through pipelines up to the existing marsh that is left and rebuild from there…Instead of wiping what we have left now  off the face of the earth..and then trying to create new land with sediment from the river from these new diversion projects..which will take years upon years..my children and yours will not see this land built..I guess I’m just venting. It’s just truly sad. It doesn’t matter what any of us say..the government is going to do what they want to do. It just sucks that us sportsman’s that enjoy our great outdoors and/or make a living off of it..just have to watch it go away so rapidly..it’s scary! I hate writing things like this. I just hope someone reads it that can do something about it and helps us out..we matter too!”  IMPORTANT-READ THIS IF NOTHING ELSE: We have some bad news for our customers. Our shrimp supplier skipped out on us today. That being said..we will have limited live shrimp tomorrow. We advise you to stop and pick some up on the way. We tried buying some shrimp from places around, and they all said they have limited live shrimp for themselves. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some of our customers. We try our very best to have it all for you guys, but not everyone is 100 percent 100 percent of the time. We are still trying to get in contact with our shrimp man and hope to get some live shrimp sometime tomorrow. We do have SOME shrimp. We are going to try to be fair with everyone and spread the shrimp among our customers. When we run out, there is nothing we can do. We are very sorry.  One last tip: As far as speckled trout, no large number can in today. I would advise you, if you are going trout fishing tomorrow, to try lake Amadee and Lake Robin areas.  Remember, can’t wait to see ya here at Sweetwater Marina!  Picture is from Captain Jacks charter today!   

Safe Floor of La can make your old boat look new

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This week we helped an owner of an older Triton Fisn N Ski model. It had old, torment up carpet in it and he was looking to upgrade his deck. We added a whit/gray/red combination to match his boat colors and it came out great. Since Safe Floor is guaranteed for as long as you own your boat, he’ll never have any concerns again about his deck. If you have a new or used boat and are interested in a slip resistant surface, even when wet, give us a call for a free estimate. 985-789-5598

Sweetwater Marina

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Phenomenal red fishing today, despite the frigid cold 33 degree weather! Captain Jack went out this morning with his charter, and they caught their limit! Then, he went back out for Captain Chris with a different group of guys in a spur of the moment trip, and they caught their limit again! Both groups caught plenty of extras that they threw back! Tomorrow is looking like it’s going to be a great day for fishing. The winds are looking light..around 5-10 mph. If you are coming trout fishing, I would advise coming after 9am. The water will warm up a bit and clear up. So, the trout fishing should be great mid day. This weekend is looking awesome, as well. It’s supposed to be sunny, pretty and a lot warmer. The water chilled down with this last front and probably pushed trout deeper into the interior of Delacroix, which should make for some awesome fishing! If you get an opportunity to come, come on down! We will write another fishing report tomorrow, after Captain Jack gets back in from his charter! We have plenty of live shrimp for tomorrow and the weekend! Nicole is on her way to pick up a load, as we speak! Stay tuned for tomorrow nights report. We will update you on hotspots! Some hotspots for speckled trout, prior to the cold front, was Fourhorse Lake, Round Lake, Lake Campo, Potto Cabalo, Bay Shallow and heard some out of Lake John. They were catching LOTS of trout on the other side of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs..Lake Amadee, Lake Robin..etc. all the areas mentioned should be good fishing tomorrow. See you tomorrow after 9am! Pictures are from Captain Jacks charters today! 

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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FALL IN FULL SWING We have been busy down here in Lafitte and the reports have not been coming as they should but I plan to do better in the coming weeks. Thankfully the fishing has been very good for trout and reds as usual for late October and thus far in November. Even the record cold from the last 2 days hasn’t kept us off the water and the redfish were hungry. This major front has stopped the trout bite for a few days but we expect them to rejoin the party when the temperatures moderate and the water clears up. We have been blessed to see many of our friends who fish with us this time of year and have enjoyed our time on the water with them catching fish. Of course, we want to thank them very much for all they do for us! I am including some photos from some recent trips so hope you enjoy! WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER SO GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS TO ENJOY SOME OF THE BEST FISHING OF THE YEAR!   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  

Get’Em Shad

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Get’Em Shad,This is one of our new colors coming out this morning we call it the Golden Meadows. It has Gold glitter on top silver glitter on the Bottom it will give off a awesome flash in the water as the bait swims through it .We will have a lot of different color options for your fishing needs and water colors. We here at High Water Fishing Lures strive each and every day to produce high-quality tackle and a lot of options for the future anglers. www.highwaterfishinglures.com 985-398-0006 Family-owned and operated USA 🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.2'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Posted by George Spivey on Wednesday, November 14, 2018    

Holiday Special!

Make this holiday season one that you and your family will remember for a lifetime! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.2'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); 🎣Make this holiday season one that you and your family will remember for a lifetime!🎣 Posted by Precision Fishing Charters LLC on Monday, November 12, 2018

Redfish Limits

Very low water due to the high northern winds made it tough getting around today but the guys from Farm Bureau Insurance put a hurting on the reds. Thanks Capt Lloyd Landry for setting up the trip. Captain Casey Lombard (985) 714-3987 #Jusgrabitglove #Pugliassportinggoods #Powerpole #Highwaterfishinglureshttps://m.facebook.com/precisionfishingcharters/

SAFEFLOOR IS A RECYCLED GRANULATED RUBBER

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SAFEFLOOR IS A RECYCLED GRANULATED RUBBER FLOORING THAT IS CHEMICALLY BONDED TO YOUR BOAT DECK, PATIO, OR ANY OTHER SURFACE TO CREATE AN EASY TO CLEAN, DURABLE, GREAT LOOKING CUSTOM SURFACE WITH UNRIVALED SLIP-RESISTANCE. Contact John Morise jmorise@outlook.com http://9857895598       A slip and Fall on a boat and the legal liability! Get Safefloor, don’t take chances!