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    By todd j stephens on December 5, 2017
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    did  my  year end  boat   repairs this  past weekend    but  got   to   wet   a  line  in  my  buddys  boat  we   got   61 trout   and 10 or  12  sheephead    day 2   was     48 specks     that  were  a  little smaller  than  the  day  before    all  caught  on  live    bait     the  bite  was  hot   for  about  2 hours    lots  of  throw backs    not  many  reds  to  speak of       I heard   the   tuna capts   all   did  well  in  venice    we  fished    in   buras        out  until   wahoo  season   in    feb 2018    can not  wait !!!    caught  lots  of  fish  this  year   but   had   to  work  hard   for  them

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    Sweetwater Marina

    Some good fishing the last few days out of Sweetwater! Seems like the customers have been catching lots of reds. There are scattered trout reports. Overall, I think there is enough action with the reds to make it all worth while. Captain Jack fished the last two days with his 6 buddies from a Georgia and Florida. The last two days they caught 60 reds and released BUNCHES !!! Here we go again. Not even June..and our first tropical threat of the year. Hopefully, the lord will spare us here in Saint Bernard Parish. We pray for everyone in the storms path. We want to give a shout to Rummel students that chartered 4 boats yesterday! Attached is a pic from Captain Jack's charter today and pics of the Rummel students from yesterday! Come see what the fishing is doing here in Delacroix. You won't regret it. We can't wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina! Need to rent lodging or book a charter? Call the number above. We have newly renovated, clean, comfy lodges with a great can BBQ, on the porch that overlooks the bayou. We also 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. You stay with us..and you can leave your boat in the water. Also, we work with amazing captains. Captain Jack, owner of Sweetwater, is our main captain; he is absolutely amazing...he has been in the business many of years, great with children, with anyone really. He had a wonderful, funny personality. Book asap. We do have some captains available Friday and Saturday..they became available. Don't pass up on these 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. 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.


    MEAT HAUL This past Wednesday and Thursday I had the pleasure of guiding good friends and customers from Indiana Mr Fred Rude, Dr Jerry McClarren, and their buddies Mick and Billy. We gave the speckled trout a try on day 1 and worked hard to put a decent box of fish together for the guys. We fished the Barataria Bay area hitting a bunch of spots to put 50 specks on ice. We used Capt Lane's Ghost Minnows in limetreuse under popping corks to catch the silver wonders. Day 2 was more of a meat trip as we fished the marshes east and west of Lafitte in search of redfish and puppy drum. We used fresh shrimp under a popping cork to do most of the damage on the hard pullers. A couple nice reds were caught on H&H gold spoons fished in grassy areas. All in all it was another great 2 days on the water for me and my good friends from Indiana. Many thanks to Mr Fred and all on the trip for their repeat business and for all they do for our service. I look forward to their return! WE HAVE BOATS OPEN FOR THE REST OF THIS MONTH AND FOR JUNE AND LOTS OF OPENINGS FOR FISHING AND LODGING FOR JULY. GIVE US A CALL AND GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS WITH LAFITTE'S HARDEST WORKING FISHING TEAM. YOU WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCE!   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 to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT 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    

    Capt. Jody Donewar

    ARKANSAS CREW HAVE ANOTHER GOOD MORNING! We left out very early from Delta Marina. Made one stop but the bite was slower due to the tide slacking for the next couple days. Joe, Matt and Cody put a nice catch on the deck. BIG THANKS TO JOE, MATT & CODY! We will be off the water for the flip flop tide today and tomorrow.  Also will be off the water a bit longer due to this storm threatening the Gulf Coast. FISHING WILL BE GREAT AFTER THIS STORM! WE STILL HAVE SOME OPEN DAYS IN JULY THROUGH NOVEMBER! Capt. Jody 504 453 1519

    Lake P evening journey


    Another one of those trips that just came together, somewhat, as Big Andrew, (plan)  bought (20) 15-18 count live shrimp, this be the biggest live shrimp me ever saw, and called me to see if me wanted to make an evening trip to his new honey hole. When me down Delacroix way, Serigne’s would not keep the BIG shrimp, not good for bait was their contention. But me know Big Andrew has a story of when he met a fisherperson at Seabrook, and this fisherperson told him/ showed him what it took to catch BIG Silverwodners at Seabrook, and that be BIG live shrimp, me guess whatever it takes to build your confidence level up.


    • Had a 7 AM meeting, no can go to Delacroix
    • Dentist at noon, me don’t like this outing for sure
    • Got the call around 2:30 you go says he, me go says me, we go meet up at 4:30 be his abode


    • Perfect
    • S.E. wind 6-8 mph perfect
    • Sunny & clear
    • Warm temps, wind and shade kept us cool
    • Water level up 4-6”
    • Water Temp 86.3F
    • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus
    • Tide pouring in, strong current
    • Top secrete spot had (5) boats in the area, in close proximity


    • Be safe
    • Have fun
    • This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments
    • Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders.
    • Confirm the BIG shrimp theory
    • Verify hot spot hot
    • Improve our hand line fishing for little croakers
    • Watch the sun set in the west
    • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
    • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not a problem, cast / work lure in any direction, liked wind cause it kept us cool)
    • MOVING WATER: (Had plenty, incoming tide, might have been a little too strong, but we fished it, had no other choice)
    • WATER CALRITY: (This was the challenge for the day, it be a little muddy looking, but fishable, however catchable was the true challenge)
    • HOLDING FISH: (Top secrete spot)
    • PATIENTS: ( Action when we first got there, slowed down a little, but enough to keep us interested all evening)
    • SKILL: (The ability to work the H&H purple beetle along the bottom and mot get hooked up on the trash among the bottom, this took some skill to accomplish and still catch Silverwonders in their strike zone)
    • LUCK: (Having a fisherperson friend with a boat in Lakeshore Estate, hanging in the slip ready to go on a moment’s notice)
    • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………85% CUAGHT THIS WAY
    • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY
    • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
    • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
    • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
    • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
    • Dead bait………Hand line fishing (2) croakers, (2) Pin fish, one Silverwonder, and 4 hardheads
    • Live bait…………………(1) Silverwonder, and all the other trash fish,

    ·      LURE DU JOURE:

    • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….CAUGHT 11 OF THE SILVERWONDERS
    • 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


    Top secrete spot, fished from 4:30 to 7:30 PM


    • Lived to fish another day
    • (12)Silverwonders 11 throw backs
    • (2) small croakers
    • (2) Pin fish
    • (1) Sheepshead
    • (1) Gaff Top
    • (9) Hardheads
    • (5) Bottoms
    • (5) Popped lines
    • Saw a big shark swimming around us, kept breaking the water
    • Watching the 8” Silverwonders running from the 6” live shrimp
    • Improving our technique on catching little croakers, caught 2, when we use to fish trestles a long time ago, during slack tides we would drift and catch croakers for the next tide use. We used 6# test hand line, BB sinkers, and a small perch hook, our shrimp was mixed with salt to harden it up and make hard for eh croakers to get off the hook. Would Catch anywhere from 20 to 30 croakers, put them in skiff live well and then fish the change of the tide with them, that is when the BIG girls came out and wanted to play.
    • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.


    Not the shrimp fishing fisherperson for sure!!! But the purple beetle fisherperson did pretty well with the nursery Silverwodners.


    Me like these real easy relaxing trips, close to home, easy to go to know, might want to try your area too.


    A catch less trip is proof that someone was at least trying to consummate something.

    O & A:

    Have you ever stopped to think…..and forgot to start again?

    FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S next foray AGENDA:

    Off the water for a while, rest up Silverwonders, enjoy your free range, because pack will be back, until then: Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
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