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    By Oneofthepack on February 13, 2018
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    TEAM JO-JO:

    Nothing plan, got home early from casino, called Big Pablo about a Monday trip, work say he, say he Big T—Doc want to go, might call him say he. Made the call Big T-Doc did not even think about it, go we go says he, meet up at Waffle House in Oak Harbor for 6:00 AM says me, trip we have now it got to be.

    SIGNS:

    • Saturday did me workout routine, than laid around the house all day
    • Me know Sunday me no lay around, off to casino, to seek other fish species, and donate a few bucks to the poker players, Loveofthepack joined in and she broke even with the slots.
    • Early to bed, early to rise, loaded all gear into the FORD transporter, short ride to Waffle House, it decided that Big T-Doc would drive his truck down to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island.
    • Big T-Doc & Oneofthepack thinking the same thing, let’s just eat breakfast and call it a day, wind, rain, mist, fog, all not inclusive for a trip it be.
    • But we be from the same cloth, “YOU GO TO GO TO KNOW” so off we be
    • No Hwy 11 or 90, I-10 to 5-10 all it be
    • No spot along the way made the run with no interruptions.
    • No boats on Hwy, gas stations, and / or launches, not a good sign
    • Check Point Able, water level looked normal
    • Check pint Bravo, hardly no water moving at Reggio canal.
    • Hwy down to and all around Delacroix Island looked very much deserted, no activity at all, lonely it be
    • Reached the home of the Bay Flat Sr, had trouble opening truck door, wind force to deal with
    • Very misty, some call it wet
    • Loaded up eh Bay Flat Sr, with all our gear, stored all in the correct places we ready to go, looked for boat key in tackle box…..HUSTON!!! we have a problem, no key to be found.
    • Then me remembered me did not dock Bay Flat Sr last time, Big Bud did, now me hoping key still ignition, their it be.
    • One turn and done, off run to Lionel’s for some go juice, ice, and dead shrimp, Big T-Doc needed some insurance on the confidence side.
    • Off to spot # 17C to start our day……Huston we have a problem….FOG it be, me liking me 2 GPS more and more, go us to 17C with a little stress and concern, but we made it.

    CONDITIONS:

    • Perfect
    • North wind 18 to 25 mph steady she blew, moved around to N.N.E but same speed it be.
    • Waves 2-3 feet in Little Lake as we crossed it going out and coming back, real bumpy ride back going into the wind.
    • Overcast day, low clouds
    • Fog
    • Misty all day
    • Cold temps, me had jump suite on all day, later in the day added rain coat to break the wind from me bod.
    • Water temp 62.3 at dock, 66.1 F spot # 17C
    • Water level about normal
    • Tide falling all day, real hard in some spots, making it almost impossible to fish
    • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7, average a 3 minus, lost sight of the lure 6-8” below surface, Bay Batola had the best looking water, with Point Fienne having a close second.
    • Saw 3 boats out and about, and they did not come out to late

    TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:

    • Be safe
    • Have fun
    • Make sure me SeaTwo coverage up to date, makes for a more relaxing/ enjoying trip, knowing me have, and that SeaTwo have me back, especially on late evening trips, and not to good weather days.
    • 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 spot # 17C to see if the Silverwodners where still there.
    • Try to put some fish in the box for Big T-Doc and Big Carol, (Big T-doc better half)
    • Learn to fish / catch in the conditions we had today, nothing like a challenge to make the day go by fast
    • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
    • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind was a problem, but we solved it, had the wind at our back most of the day. Oak River Troll was out of the question for 2 reasons, 1 wind & water going in opposite direction, and 2 wind has us moving at 2 to 2.5 mph as we drifted along the canals, and Oak River. Other good thing about the wind no bugs or nats, nat season is coming up fast, when you have nats, the Silverwodners will bite.)

     

    • MOVING WATER: (No problem moving all day, cuts and chocked down canals water moving to strong, made it hard to fish with lures. Big T-Doc had a 7/16 oz. sinker and his line / rig just blew by us right to left, could not even feel the bottom, but once again we kept running a round to found the conditions / combination we were looking for)

     

    • WATER CALRITY: (Not really bad, not really good, clarity was pretty consistent form Little Lake, Grand Lake, Bay Batola, Skippy Bay, and Oak River and North / South pipeline, it was very fishable, but catching was our challenge of the day.)

     

    • HOLDING FISH: (Spot 61C, the one and only)

     

    • PATIENTS: ( We did not catch our first fish until 10:05, so me think we need some patients, but like me always say, “anybody can catch them when they biting”. Me think Big T-Doc was almost ready to throw in the towel, said front may have shut them down, says me you got to believe, and be / have perseverance like Big Bud (aka Eastofmrgo) .

     

    • SKILL: (Was actually knowledge, knowledge from past recent trips, knowing where we caught them last time and where they might be this time. This knowledge lead us to the spot, but in this case the spot moved a block and half away, we had to set up totally different this time, but knowledge brought us to the area.)

     

    • LUCK: (Boy did we have luck today. We licked into the best spot, location position of Bay Flat Sr to catch a few fish, without luck we would have got skunked today for sure)
    • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY, CAST UP CURRENT LET LURE GO DONW TO BOTTOM, BOUNCE ALONG THE BOTTM, GIVE A TWICH EVERY NOW AND THEN, DON’T LET LURE GOT PASS MIDSHIP OF YOU, CAST UP CURRENT AND REPEAT PRESENTIAON.

     

    • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTING TO WINDY

     

    • 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………BIG T-DOC DID SOME DMAGE CAROLINA RIG, BUT HIS MAIN TECHNIQUE WAS THE H&H PURPEL BEETEL MACTEH UP WITH H&H ¼ OZ. ROUND WHITE HEAD WITH GOLD HOOK, TIPPED WITH DED SHRIMP. BIG T-DOC COULD NOT MASTER LURE FISHING, NOR DID HE WANT TO TRY IT THAT MUCH, HAD HE MORE CONDFIDNCE IN 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…………….ALL FSIH CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE AND RIG

     

     

    • 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….NOTHING

     

    • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING

     

    • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY

     

    • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY

     

     

    • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A

    AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

    Spot # 17C, B, C, 17, 2A, 21, 20, 61A, B, C, 20, 17C, called it a day at 2:10 PM me think, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a real bumpy ride across Little Lake

    OUR REMUNERATIONS:

    • Lived to fish another day
    • (0) NMR Silverwonders, me thought me had them figured out, but not to be
    • (30) Reds, only kept 4 most 14-15 ½” next trip they be just right
    • Big T-Doc lost 6 reeling in
    • Me had one pop line, and missed a 27” at the boat
    • 2 bottoms
    • 2 popped lines
    • 2 clams
    • 3 sticks
    • (2) bushel of grass
    • Wildlife all around us
    • Ducks all over the place
    • Saw two American Bald Eagles playing around Oak River and North / South pipeline, they sitting on top of pipeline signs, very beautiful they be.
    • Exposing our bods to the cool fresh air cooing from up north, me know our lungs appreciated it
    • Best food, drinks, snacks had on the Bay Flat Sr, thanks to Big T-Doc for providing same.
    • Relaxing, challenging day on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, Big T-Doc it be.
    • Lost another fishing partner, Big Al, Big Al and me met on rodnreel.com 2-3 years ago, over the years we made a couple trips with he and his daughter, had a lunch are two, shopped for fishing tackle, and he would call and we would always talk about family, friends and fishing. Sad to see such a nice farther, man, fisherperson, travel on past life, me hope it’s a pleasant journey for him.
    • Me guess me getting into that vintage in life, (Lost 2 fisherpersons in 6 months) when it be like fine wine, don’t go till it time
    • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

    FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

    Me think it was a tie, we both caught plenty, we both caught big reds, we both like to froze, and we both was especially happy to be back in the nice warm truck, so it be a tie, we both fisherperson of the day.

    SUGGESTIONS:

    Try fishing a challenging day, (re: weather conditions, etc.) you might just learn new spots, new techniques, perseverance, and most important you can make it happen on those days too.

    If you go and you like dead bait, you might want to buy before you go down, nothing like fresh bait.

    Don’t know that you need live bait, but if it is what makes you more confident got for it.

    PONDER OF THE DAY:

    I realize that every trip isn’t a work of catching.

    O & A:

     

    Why do fish do things that they know will get them into trouble?

     

    FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S next foray AGENDA:

     

    Nothing plan, tomorrow Loveoftheapck day trip to French Quarter, Thursday a possibility, funereal Friday, may have to work Friday evening & possible Saturday, Sunday grandparent duty, ball games & Gymnastics, may have to wait to next week to search for the elusive Silverwodners.

     

    Plus me running out of first mates, not all are believers in “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW”, hope to see all you fisherpersons out and about, until then:

     

    Good Fishing

     

    Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

     

     

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    21Feb

    Bayou Bievenue Bass on fire!

    We have been fishing Bayou Bievenue for the last few weeks. The bass have been going wild. We made 3 trips and slaughtered the bass each time. I have been fishing with my son. We have been catching over 100 bass per trip. We do keep our limit only. I attached a picture of our catch from Thursday and Sunday. Yellow Spinner Baits have been killer. we have been catching the fish on a outgoing tide.  The harder the wind the better they seem to bite!  Fish any place with openings in the grass. I had never fished this area before for Bass.
    21Feb

    Fresh water Intel

    TEAM JO-JO:

    Big Don (aka Capt Don) called gave me some options for fishing, Bass off ICW, Sacalait in Bar Pits off Hwy 11, or his top secrete spot. Me think we both have been having a yearning to fish the bar pits, so that won the draw for our fun day on the water.

    SIGNS:

    • No fishing over the weekend, that be a sign
    • Had a great Sunday dinner red gravy & meatballs, brother from Tennessee in with some of his clan, had neighbor over, and Daughterofthepack and her clan, all total (13) for a impromptu visit and dinner, this was one of those moments you could not duplicate, even if you tired.
    • Monday off the water
    • Got the call from Big Don, yessum says me ready to go, meet up at our abode for 5:45 AM
    • Early to bed , early to rise
    • Hooked up the Bay Flat Jr, all gear already in her, Big Don drives up loaded up his gear, me think we almost needed another boat for his gear.
    • No wild life sightings on Hwy 11 bridge
    • No boast fishing along trestles, looked a little rough and dirty
    • Made it to launch on Hwy 11, no boats in parking lot, told Big Don me no see any boats there for a while when me pass by many times, this be a sign for sure.
    • Launch the Bay Flat Jr, one pull on eh Yamaha Nightmare Machine that’s all, now that is a sign
    • Down we run the bayou at almost top speed, get down 2 -3 block growth in bayou, not look bad so we continue
    • Growth turns in to full blown football field of plant life.
    • Also notice that water looks worst then river water, must be from all that sand they pumped in from the lake P.
    • On to plan “B”

    CONDITIONS:

    • Perfect
    • S.E. wind 15-20 mph, steady it be
    • Some clouds, mostly sunny & clear
    • Mild temps
    • Water level up
    • Water temp 68 – 70F
    • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7:
      • Bar Pit 1 plus, real bad in canal before bar pit
      • Bar Pit canal to Hwy I-10 3 plus
      • Carr canal 2 plus
      • Seems me cannot get away from the dirty water
    • Tide, don’t think we had any at Bar Pit, but water was pouring into canal out of the marsh, and at Carr drive it looked to be coming in, because the Bay Flat Jr was standing still wind gong one way water the other.
    • We had all areas to ourselves, not other boats out and bout
    • Saw one boat in Lake P trolling as we was going from plan “A” to plan “B”.

    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 Sacalait & Bass.
    • Calm the desire to fish the Bar Pits for a while to come.
    • Big Don wanted to fish canal along Hwy 11, mw mention me would like to fish Carr Drive but no place to launch, you want to fish their says he, yessum says me, let’s go says he, he knew of a nice back down launch to launch us.
    • Next outing we will try canal that runs parallel to Hwy 11, but me think that will be dirty too.
    • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:      
     
    • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind diffidently at our back, we used it to push us along the bayou as we fished the shoreline, it would have been too windy to anchor up and cast & retrieve.)
     
    • MOVING WATER: (WE think we had some in Carr canal, we could see what looked like a current line, but we not sure wind blowing too hard to make it out.)
     
    • WATER CALRITY: (Challenge of the day, me think it is following me around, but me know one day me will find clean water to fish & catch)
     
    • HOLDING FISH: (Shore line of Carr canal, all fish caught their)
     
    • PATIENTS: (None needed, with plan “A” going down the tubes, and plan “B” up next there was no time to get bored, through in a few fish and it made our day)
     
    • SKILL: (Had to resurrect me fresh water fishing skills, worm fishing, have not done that in a while, but like riding a bike, you don’t forget.)
     
    • LUCK: (Luck was with us today, did not get wet, only a little dry sprinkle here and there, and additional luck was that Big Don left his worm pole in the truck)
    • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT DRIFTING ALONG THE SHROE LINE CASTING AND RETIREIVING.
     
    • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY
     
    • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
     
    • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
     
    • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
       
    • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
     
    • Dead bait………NONE
     
    • Live bait…………………NONE
     

    ·      LURE DU JOURE:

     
    • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….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 ……………N/A
    • 6” CURTLY TAIL Tequila Sunrise worm, matched up with light worm hook and 1/16 on sliding worm sinker, caught them all.

    AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

    Bar Pit off Hwy 11, Carr drive, stopped fishing around 11:15 AM, picked up the Bay Flat Jr and we were on our return trip back the abode.

    OUR REMUNERATIONS:

     
    • Lived to fish another day
    • (0) NMR Silverwonders
    • (6) Bass
    • (2) Bass missed at boat
    • (1) tiny perch
    • (1) Gar missed at boat
    • (1) Hat
    • (3) Bottoms
    • (2) Bushels of grass
    • (4) Tangled lines
    • Conquered the desire to fish Bar Pit and Carr drive
    • Put a few fish in the box to celebrate lent
    • Peanut butter sandwiches and ice cold water, thanks to Big Don, you the man
    • Spending the day on the water with one of the best fisherpersons me know, Big Don (Capt Don as he likes to be called)
    • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.

    FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

    Big Don was in the game, however having to operate the trolling motor by hand, (his boat as foot control) not having his worm pole, (left in truck) in the BAY Flat Jr, no plastic worms, no worm hooks, no sliding sinkers, but to his credit he had some Grass Shrimp he’s been keeping alive for 3-4 days. All of this info / Intel to say he not fisherperson of the day, notice me did not say excuses, because he say he had none. He had to bring up the past, ask he did you hear what happen to Big Bud (aka Eastofmrgo)….No says me what happen, (this after me already lost two fishing partners in a short period of time) says he got inducted into the fisherperson of the day hall of fame, cause every time he goes with you (Oneofthepack) he out fishes you and he be fisherperson of the day……Not today me said.

    SUGGESTIONS:

    Fine clean water, and when you do let me / us know. Silverwodners have to turn on by mid-March, thy just have to, so be ready.

    PONDER OF THE DAY:

    Nature is never finished.

    O & A:

    What is the biggest waste of fisherpersons potential?

    FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S next foray AGENDA:

    Delacroix, Delacroix, Delacroix, and me going to need some first mates to help bring in the Silverwodners, stay tune, until then: Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
    21Feb

    Sweetwater Marina

    Quick report from here at Sweetwater. The fishing seems to be pretty steady on the speckled trout for the guys that know how to fish Delacroix. In fact, some of them have been catching limits. The guys that don't know much about Delacroix seem to be catching at least a dozen or so trout, with some reds, black drum and bass. Some people have been catching plenty of sheephead. The wind is making it tough. However, at least we are getting some warm weather. Its not miserably cold anymore. We have plenty of live shrimp for those that want to fish with live bait. If you don't launch here at Sweetwater, of course we will still sell you live bait. If you get a chance and want to come fishing, watch the weather and head down. The hotspots seems to be Lake Amadee, Lake John area, FourHorse, Lake Campo and even heard a few other spots. With the river water seeping through certain areas, you have to find a clear pocket of water, which is where the fish are usually piled up. As far as the redfishing guys that have been practicing, they have been giving some decent reports here and there. We know how that goes with redfishing guys though. They may or may not be telling the truth. If you can make it down, come on down. There is no better place to fish than in the east and Saint Bernard parish marshes. It's one of the last places left that still have inland bays, inland lakes, and inland bayous that you can target redfish and speckled trout in. Other spots are washed wide open. We can't wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don't have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there are two sofas (one's a sofa sleeper) and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So..don't pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. We do now offer two bedroom lodging with a full kitchen. They are set up a little bit differently. They are a bit more spacious. Call with any questions or to reserve your dates!!!
    20Feb

    my personal best fishing trip

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