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Delacroix Bound with Mike Lane & Crew

TEAM JO-JO…………………….. Big Mike had called and was looking to make a trip, it took a couple of 3 weeks to get one plan, and on a day when we thought we would have good conditions to fish, and catch. So, Big Norm, Big Mike and Oneofthepack were out and about down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, looking to find a few Silverwodners that wanted to come out and play, and play we did.   SIGNS:   Me got me first ever hearing aids Tuesday, now me know all what me been missing in the past, and me think me like the past. Tried to fish canal behind house, no luck, water looked a little dirty, me threw the cast net caught minnows, shiners, shrimp, cat fish, and turtles, and me think when the water clears up me might be able to find some perches and bass. Not to good a night sleep 3 hours, me psyched up to be fishing with Big Mike of rodenreel.com fame and to meet his friend Big Norm. We all met up at Team Jo-Jo official meeting place, Waffle House in Chalmette for 5:00 AM sharp. Had a good breakfast, load all our gear in Big Norm Jeep, and we off to the promise land in search of the elusive Silverwonders. Passed on McDonnell Passed on Last stop food store Check point Abel, water down at junction Check point Bravo, slight water movement at Reggio Canal Gave Big Norm the sign to look out for bight orange / red triangle sign, and a bright green rectangular sing, that be where the By Flat Sr sleep / live, make a right turn park perpendicular to trailer, do not run into trailer, REPEAT do not run into trailer. Bay Flat Sr looked somewhat perplexed to see us, loaded our gear in very quickly. Yamaha Dream Machine fired up with one crank, she ready for a day of fishing Motored over to Lionel (me stopped by and told Lionel hi) for some go juice, and ice, NO BAIT, me tell crew, today we fish like me like to fish. Parking lot empty, not a good sign As we motored to Bayou Gently, me shouted out the words / command, cut everything of you guys lines, everything, gave them some ¼ oz. round white jig heads w/gold hook for them to tie on their lines. Me said no swivels, snaps, etc., tie directly to your line. Gave them each a Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, and 3” H&H purple beetle to tie on to their lines. Very efficient crew they got all that done before me make the turn down Bayou Gently. Now the hard part, no previous Intel, only thing me had was from a trip week plus ago, where to start, where to go, after running the actual (field) conditions through me head, we off to spot # 18 C to start our journey for the day.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect W.N.W wind 8-10 mph steady all day Sunny & clear Cool, mild, warm temps, kept jump suite on all day, started to take it off when we got out of the wind, but was glad me did not cause running around it was still a little cool. Water level down 13” Water temp cool Tide tail end of a falling tie, it never stopped falling and never did come in, when we left Noon it was still falling a very little Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 to a 3 plus, best looking water at Orange Bayou & Oak River Only saw one other fishing boat all day, and only 2 commercial boats   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe (almost) Have fun (We did) Expose Big Mike & Big Norm to the Oak River Troll, give them a crash class on same Take them on our Milk Run tour through zone 1 & 2 of Team Jo-Jo’s fishing map / areas If me every wanted to catch a few fish today was the day. Last time out with Big Mike (he in another boat) filming, (re: how to do the Oak River Toll) Oneofthepack & crew, his best shot of the trip was when he announced now we have the backofhtepack as me turned away from the camera, we did not catch much, and they had to leave due to the rain, but that even we nailed them. Me just wanted the crew today to have a good time, not a great time, but just a good time. Share / experience Delacroix marsh with new and old friends Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching: Wind at your back: (Wind a little problem today, we fished a couple of spots with it at our back but them far and in-between. But for the most part the wind assisted us with the Oak River Troll (ORT) technique, tide and wind going in same direction perfect for (ORT).) Moving water: (Falling all day, had some real nice current lines to fish, current lines where all over Oak River cuts, just needed to find one holding fish.) Water Clarity: (Looked OK, a clarity of 3, surface (3”0 down) was clear, and clean, but after that you lost the lure in the dark brown looking water. Water was very fishable.) Holding fish: (WE found 3 plus spots holding fish, we even had 3 on at one time, and a couple with 2 on at the same time, Silverwonders seem to be out and about, stacked up, but you hit some and they turn off quickly.) Patients: ( Not needed today, 3rd cast nice little red, action was fairly steady today, and the action was evenly shared, all except for one, me don’t want to mention any names, but his initials are Mike Lake) Oak River Troll (20)t Anchor up cast & retrieve, slow retrieve along the bottom with little twitch every now and tend. Big Norm was just reeling in against the current when hit a little mother load of Silverwodners. (10)t Corks, did not try   LURE DU JOUR:   Hands down 3” H&H purple beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook, caught all but 3 fish. Matrix Shad Lemon Drop caught 3t, it too with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook.   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBESR ON THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 18C, D, E, (3)T, 61 C (6) T, 61B, 61A, 60, 20 (8)T, 21, 22, 23, 20 (9)T, 17 (4)T, 2A, stopped fishing at noon, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a long, bumpy ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (30) (NMR) Silverwodners (1) throw back (3) (NMR) missed at boat (1) Red throw back (1) Puppy Drum (1) Crab (2) Oysters (4) Popped lines bottom (1) Stick (1.5) Bushel of grass (3 to 4) tangled lines (see picture) this how Big Mike & Big Norm spent the day, in-between catching Silverwodners. We had another (re: aka Big Ronnie, aka Wildman, aka Dago) roller on board, Big Norm doing (ORT) (sitting (he not to stable in boat) on his ice chest) felt the tap, set the hook, reeled the Silverwonder in, lifted up to get it in the boat, lost balance, sat back down on ice chest, leaning back, ice chest rolled over, and he want down between the ice chest and the Bay Flat Sir gunnel. He main concern was he lost the Silverwonder, once he got pass that he felt the pain. But he got back up and got back to doing the (ORT) that is when he caught the biggest Silverwonder of the day 3 plus# was she. Big Norm was in pain the rest of the day, we offered to go in, but he wanted to kept fishing cause we were in some (NMR’s) at the time. me hope all is well soon, as we parted we agreed to set up another trip down the road to fish Lake P he wants to see how / learn Team Jo-Jo’s technique for the Lake Troll with ¾ oz. jig heads and Matrix Shad Lemon Drops, me tell him it is all about the boat speed, distance of line out, and boat distance from trestles. Me left hearing aids home, so did the other two, so all we did was yell at each other all day, and if we could not hear we would just smile and shake our heads. Big Mike says me could be asking you guys anything ($ %#^&*^%$##) and you guys would agree to that, but me head that one. We talking about the clarity of the water, as we fishing and catching Big Mike says the water don’t look bad, says me when you catching fish water never looks bad, we both laugh and agree on that. Big Mike and Big Norm ganged up on me. Me had to tell two fishing / trip stories to their each one to keep up. Me think me ran out of stories, because these guys go back a long, long, long way, and they have fished all over the country and in some case over the world. In shore / off shore, blue water, Florida flats, just about everywhere you can image. And when it came to horror stories me gave up, me only had 2-3, me think we made it to volume 3 of 50 with these to fisherpersons experience in this department. Me sure we all may have somewhat embellished a little, but they all were very interesting events / trips/ stories to be told and heard. One of the highlights of the trip was a stop at Rocky & Carols on the way back, we each made a comments on the amount of food, and however we each did a pretty good job of disposing of all of it too. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERESON OF THE DAY   It was a very competitive day, (that is in the effort of all) but sometimes it takes a little more than effort, and when it came to catching technique / presentation / experience and luck takes over, some of us where little more lucky than others. Me drew first blood (red) and jumped out to a 0-2-7 lead, (do we need to mention who had 0, may be just initials) Anyways Oneofthepack putting on a class on cast & retrieve, me think me got this one in the bag, no problem with this crew that me can see. And me managed to hold me on as the day went along.   As for Big Mike (initials) he was struggling with cast & retrieve and the Oak River Troll, it took him a good while to catch his first fish, and that he did unconsciously, (se picture for big one, and then bigger one) like me always say better to be lucky than good. Big Mike remind me of a golfer, he tried to apply some fuzzy math to the individual totals, last count he had, he had 18 in the boat, do the math, me don’t think it adds up. But in the stories / trips / events / horror stories he wins hand down, none of us came close.   Now we down to Big Norm, he definitely caught the biggest (see picture), me think he caught the most, me now he lost the most, and me definitely know Big Mike never came close to catching up to him, so me think , me know Big Norm fisherperson of the day.     SUGGESTION:   We had to fish for them, it was not a givme day, but the Silverwodners where challenging and are out and about that is why “YOU HAVE GOT TO GO TO KNOW”   PONDER OF THE DAY:   How do you tell when fishing nothing biting, if you don’t catch anything?   Me think me off the water tomorrow, Friday back on with Big Chris (first time fishing w/ Team Jo-Jo) can hardly wait to have to decide where to go, Delacroix or Lake P, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Capt. Gray Long

The Fishing out of Venice is on fire! We are putting our customers on huge Yellowfin Tuna as close as 20 miles out of the pass! Several options for tuna fishing.  The humps are holding some very big yellowfin as well as blackfin and giant AJs.  On calmer days we are also finding large numbers of yellows at the floaters and drillships offshore.  This time of year live bait is hard to come by some bring plenty of chum and remember those kings make great bait. The wahoo fishing is good at the shelf rigs and especially around the full and new moons.  I’m pulling Russell Lures, X-raps and Bombers. Rig fishing will continue to very good for AJs, grouper and some nice cobia. Plus the State Red Snapper season is open and there a plenty of big snapper in close.  Makes a great way to finish off the day after tuna fishing. Don’t miss this incredible action.  Call today to book your trip! Go Long Charters LLC www.golongcharters.com golongcharters@gmail.com (225) 252-5315

sweetwater marina

504-453-8382
A little bad weather came through last night. After the bad weather came through, the weather got fabulous. So that can only mean one thing for tomorrow, the fishing should be great! Wind report: there is NONE! We have plenty of live shrimp and can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater, where we will do everything we can to help you get on the fish! Getting on them shouldn’t be too hard, the weather will be in your favor, so let’s see who the champs are out there. Come on down; we can’t wait to see everyone pulling up with full ice chest and huge smiles! And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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

504-453-8382
A little bad weather came through last night. After the bad weather came through, the weather got fabulous. So that can only mean one thing for tomorrow, the fishing should be great! Wind report: there is NONE! We have plenty of live shrimp and can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater, where we will do everything we can to help you get on the fish! Getting on them shouldn’t be too hard, the weather will be in your favor, so let’s see who the champs are out there. Come on down; we can’t wait to see everyone pulling up with full ice chest and huge smiles! And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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!

CAPT. KERRY AUDIBERT-OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS, LLC.

(985) 643-5851
GREAT DAY IN THE SOUND…. Had the pleasure of guiding Marty Maley, sons, Martin and William, and their friend Mike. We started out along the edges making a few stops as we were greeted by a chop bigger than we had wanted to see. Killed some time until it started to lay down. We crept out and straight to the battlefield, the further we went the calmer it got. Pulled up and soon as the baits hit the bottom it was fish ON! The bull reds went nuts for us at the first stop, caught our limit and turned loose a bunch. Moved around a few more stops looking for some heads and caught some at every stop. Only problem was there was more redfish at every stop and the heads couldn’t compete. Hit a few more spots and filled the box with heads, reds, a drum, couple trout and a lone flat fish. Headed back in around 11 am with a box slap full of meat and a bunch of tired and sore arms. Great day, great fun, and great memories with Marty and crew as usual! Ought To Be Fishing Charters located just outside of New Orleans in the most versatile and pristine estuary system on the entire Gulf Coast. All fish were caught with 13 Fishing Green and Black Omen Rods teamed up with FINS WINDTAMER BRAID on live shrimp and hybrid flurrys under corks. For reservations call, 504-259-5304 or feel free to email CaptKerry@bellsouth.net WE ARE CURRENTLY BOOKING UP FOR THE 2017 BIG TROUT (most weekends are already taken) and HEAD RUNS…. DON’T PROCRASTINATE AND GET STUCK BOOKING WITH JUST “ANY” GUIDE SERVICE. Come see why we have such a repeat clientele and keep our groups coming back! Some people tell you about all the fish they catch…our pictures prove it. Look at our catches day in day out before you make your next decision! NO FISH NO PAY GUARANTEE!! Also be sure to check out our website @ www.CaptKerry.net Premier Overnight Accommodations, Multiple Boat Trips (NO Group is Too Big), Corporate, and Evening Trips are Available!!! ****WE ACCEPT VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AND AMERICAN EXPRESS**** OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS……it’s what you “OUGHTTA” be doing!!!!

TENNESSEE BOYS INVADE LAFITTE AGAIN

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This past Sunday and yesterday I had the pleasure of guiding good friends and customers from Humboldt Tn, Trent and Jed walker, and their buddy Ronald Jack. We fished the lakes west of Lafitte on Sunday and did pretty decent boating around 50 specks, 4 reds, one sheepshead, one puppy drum, and one freshwater catfish. H&H soft plastics under popping corks did most of the damage on the trout while fresh shrimp on the bottom accounted for the rest of the catch. The water is warm for the time of year and it feels like everything is running ahead of schedule as far as the spring in concerned. The weather controls everything and it seems to have sped things up this year so far. Yesterday we headed east to hopefully find more redfish as the numbers have been better that way as of late. The reds were moody to start, atleast the bigger ones. We were catching fish but most of the redfish were in the “rat” category with only a couple keepers hitting the ice for the morning. The rising tide seemed to turn the bigger ones on later in the day and we began to box some better fish with a handful of trout thrown in the mix. In the end, 17 reds, one puppy drum, and 19 trout were brought to the cleaning table which is a good day any time of year. Good old H&H paddle tails in black and chartreuse did the trick. Thanks again to Trent, Jed, and Jack for 2 fun days on the water spent with good friends. Can’t wait til next time guys!   FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET     IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL 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

GREAT FEBRUARY FISHING AND FRIENDS

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This past Saturday Capt Mike Juhasz and myself had the pleasure of guiding 2 boats for our friends from Minnesota Reid Gronski and his girlfriend Jamie Swenson who invited Jamie’s brother Pat and his girlfriend Holly Richt for the second boat. Capt Mike took Reid and Jamie and I had Pat and Holly on my boat and all 4 are fine young people for sure. They had redfish on their minds like on previous trips so we headed to the marshes east of Lafitte to give it a shot. The reds were hungry and more than willing to bite the black and chartreuse H&H cocahoes and Baby bull Minnows with mullet being the primary forage right now. Both boats boated nice limits of reds and we had 10 or so trout for a bonus so definitely a good day on the water. All on board caught fish and had a great time. Many thanks to Reid, Jamie, Pat, and Holly for supporting our business and we look forward to their return!

fun fishin

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Allen (AGFISH) joined me for a trip to the WALL. We chose a close interior trip in case the high wind prediction turned out to be correct. Started at South Shore harbor at the Chef at 6:30 or so and first cast in a cut off ICW. Allen caught and released a small green trout and we continued to the wall, skipped my usual stop in the corner to try some deep water before the wind made boat handling a chore. Lots of cast and retrieve only produced 1 flounder and 3 keeper specks. Moved down to some rocks near the “no hot water canal“ started catching specks every cast, all 11” long. Kept at it and finally started with keepers till the catching ended, couple of more spots tried at the rocks near the wall and ICW and home we went 1pm. Clarity 7-8 all places we tried, falling tide to start and incoming at go home time, started dead low. ESE Wind 5 early, 10-15 later. Most fish caught on lemonhead matrix on a ¼ oz round white head tight lined. Few nice ones lost to equipment failure, reverse lock failed when I started to haul a speck over the side, unwinding and tangling the line around the reel, tried to hand line him but helplessly watched as he slowly parted ways with the jig head. Best bite of the day ended when the knot broke at the jig head, then the trolling motor seat broke and cheated us out of an hour of fishing, I can’t standup and fish(sciatic nerve or something) Might be time for some maintenance. Bad weather coming is good for something. Finished with 14 specks 12-15” Many 11” specks returned to grow 1 17” flounder.

Sweetwater Marina

504-453-8382
Two great days of fishing out of Sweetwater Marina. Capt. Jack took out his good buddy Ricky Papania. They have been fishing together for over 26 years. They’ve been rabbit hunting, deer hunting, duck hunting, alligator hunting, nutria hunting, catching frogs, you name it they did it. He is one of Captain Jack’s real friends! Yesterday they fished with the kids! Capt. Jack worked with the boys and Mr. Ricky worked with his daughter, Sophia. They ended up with 72 beautiful speckled trout and 6 sheephead. When Capt. Jack and Mr. Ricky went out today,  they came in with 50 trout and 2 sheephead; they made it back in to the marina at around 10 am. Anyways, seems the fishing is getting way better in Delacroix. The water clarity seems to be getting a good bit better, however the fish are still biting in this dirty water. All jokes aside; NO LIVE SHRIMP, no fish! Technique: catching the fish requires popping every 5 seconds! Throwing out a few handfuls of smashed, dead shrimp seems to be getting them going even better.  Weather report: it doesn’t look good for the next couple of days, however you might be able to get in a quick trip in the morning! The water is warming up and it’s getting wayyyyy better. So, can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina. AND DON’T FORGET to pick up some of our beautiful, live shrimp! NOTE: we just had 2 cancellations for this weekend! So, don’t wait around, call and book a room before they get booked up! The weather for the weekend looks great, so come stay here at Sweetwater and make your fishing trip as convenient as possible. And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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

504-453-8382
Two great days of fishing out of Sweetwater Marina. Capt. Jack took out his good buddy Ricky Papania. They have been fishing together for over 26 years. They’ve been rabbit hunting, deer hunting, duck hunting, alligator hunting, nutria hunting, catching frogs, you name it they did it. He is one of Captain Jack’s real friends! Yesterday they fished with the kids! Capt. Jack worked with the boys and Mr. Ricky worked with his daughter, Sophia. They ended up with 72 beautiful speckled trout and 6 sheephead. When Capt. Jack and Mr. Ricky went out today,  they came in with 50 trout and 2 sheephead; they made it back in to the marina at around 10 am. Anyways, seems the fishing is getting way better in Delacroix. The water clarity seems to be getting a good bit better, however the fish are still biting in this dirty water. All jokes aside; NO LIVE SHRIMP, no fish! Technique: catching the fish requires popping every 5 seconds! Throwing out a few handfuls of smashed, dead shrimp seems to be getting them going even better.  Weather report: it doesn’t look good for the next couple of days, however you might be able to get in a quick trip in the morning! The water is warming up and it’s getting wayyyyy better. So, can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina. AND DON’T FORGET to pick up some of our beautiful, live shrimp! NOTE: we just had 2 cancellations for this weekend! So, don’t wait around, call and book a room before they get booked up! The weather for the weekend looks great, so come stay here at Sweetwater and make your fishing trip as convenient as possible. And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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 Team Jo-Jo continuing education

TEAM JO-JO……………………… Fishing just seems to come me way, me thinking about today Sunday, what to do, where to go, when me get an email, you want to go fishing tomorrow in Lake P, Big Andrew offering to take me out in his boat Always is it name. Me shot back an email be at your house at 6:00 Am sharp, meet you at your dock in the rear of the house says me.   SIGNS:   Sunday trip was great, catching was a little off, plus it was a time limit trip, had to be back early. Granddaughterofthepack, did great in her gymnastic meet, Big Ronin took 4 medals, and overall all around trophy, me sure glad me cut fishing trip short and me made the event, it was great. Had a real good night sleep, this not usual, and a good sign Made to big Andrew at 5:58 AM, loaded my gear and we were on our way, had to go through the fog again, no problem did we have. Reached the honey hole around 6:45 AM started our day of trolling Lake P Got to see Big Bob and his crew they too trolling Lake P, we had about 4 boast trolling and catching all day. Loons where out and about waiting for us to show up, another good sign   CONDITIONS:   Perfect East wind 10-12 MPH Over cast morning , sunny & clear later in the day Cool, mild, warm temps, kept jump suite on all day Water temp 61.7 F Water level down 10” Caught the end of a falling tide, tide went slack around 10:00 AM then started to come in, caught fish on the falling and incoming tide, current not that strong either way. Water clarity on a scale of -1-2 was a 6 plus, looked great, green, clear, and wet just like me like it. Had about 8-10 boats out and about   TECHNIQUE / STRATGEY:   Be safe Have fun Get Big Andrew back on the water Get a ride in his new 25 foot Bertram, (see pictures) me thought we to fish out of it, but instead we fished out the Always 18 foot with 115 Yamaha Dream Machine on it Gather intel to share and for future reference on fishing Lake P Moving water: (Tail end of a falling tide, current was light, slowed down a little, turned around 10:00 AM, and caught it just right.) Water Clarity: (Looked good, almost a 7 on the scale, even when the tide came in water still looked great, now is the time to fish Lake P, water condition at its best) Holding fish: (We had one double hook up, other than that they were scattered out along the trestles, all the way out to mile marker 174.) Patient: (None needed today, it was on from the first drop over the side to the last drop over the side, not a slam type trip, but enough action to keep us interested. Either Big Andrew would get one, or Oneofthepack would get one) Trolling was the key, but Always, (our boat name) was a little too fast 2.2 to 2.5 mph, we tried the trolling motor it worked find until the battery went down to all most nothing. Me added weight to me line to get down, used a 1 oz. jig head the rest of the day. Due to our speed it was a lead core line type of day, guess what, me left mind home, (don’t want to sell or swap anymore) but this will not happen again. Big Andrew had his lead core rig, and he was putting a hurting on me in a big way. LURE DU JOUR:   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop matched up with ¾ oz. jig head, even went to a 1 oz. jig head Big Andrew tried the rattle trap, lost it in about 8 minutes caught something on the bottom. They had a skiff with 2 fisherpersons in it they were trolling with mirror lures, with a bright green trailer they seem to be doing real well, they fishing east side of trestles. AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED:   North draw to mile maker 174, back & forth, stopped fishing at 1:20 pm. OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (20) (NMR) Silverwonders (2) Oyster shells (Big Andrew contribution for the day) (4) Hits, hooked, lost reeling in, me think the pressure of the boat going forward, and me trying to real in, it pulled lure right out of their mouth. (6) Hits we missed (3) Pilings, only lost 2 lures all day Got to see a Big Sea turtle in Lake P, its head was about 1 ½” in diameter Got to see Big Bob and his crew, they were doing a number of the Silverwodners, me think them using Rattle traps with a trailer. Got a lesson from the fisherpersons in the skiff, they trolling real fast and close to the pilings on an incoming tide, don’t know how they did not hook up more on the pilings. Their lure looked like a long minnow. Big Andrew feed the crew, we had hot dogs, chips, and drinks upon our return to his abode in Lakeshore Estate, what a way to live. Big Andrew & me made a run to Ace Hardware, there we ran into Big Doc, (They call him Doc) Big Andrew introduce me to him. Big Andrew says he catch BIG trout, we talked fishing for a while, exchange fish stories, and mutual acquaintance, and me think Big Doc was impressed with me fishing attire. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Andrew got us started, he had 2 Silverwodners in the boat, says he me can feel you sweating, but me not worried me been behind before. It took a while but me caught up, and before you know it is 7 to 2 and it is not me sweating. Had a little bit of a dry spell, then Big Andrew makes his run, caught up and we even. WE both kept at it, he one, me one, then Big Andrew caught the monster of the day a 19” Silverwonder.   Big Andrew caught the first, last, biggest, and most Silverwonders to pull off a comeback to gain the honor of fisherperson of today.   Me really think the hot dogs had a lot to do with the decision today.   SUGESTIONS:   Saturday 5 t, Sunday 2 t, today 20 t , this should be a sign that “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW”, cause know this a day can make a difference, and you don’t want to be a “YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE YESTERDAY” type fisherperson.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   The rig that fits one fisherperson fails another; there is no recipe for fishing that suits all cases.   Off the water tomorrow, but back on the water Wednesday with Big Mike Lane, he will be aboard the Bay Flat Sr for a run around our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

For The Girls Lake P. 02.19.17

Date: 02.19.17 Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Weather: Beautiful 55-72° Wind: North 5 MPH Tide: Falling Water Temp: 60° Water Clarity (Scale 1-10 dirty to clear): 3 Location: South End of Lake P. Trestles/Lake P Artificial Reef Technique: Drop Shot with Live Bait/Tried Plastics Lures: Matrix Lemon Head and Matrix Tiger Bait Yield: 5 Specks (3 NMR)(2 Throwbacks), and 1 Catfish I launched at the Dock in Slidell, got to Trestles by 7:15 a.m.  Not too many boats out today.  did however see ONEOFTHEPACK out and about trolling his trusty ¾ oz. jig head with lemonhead matrix shad.  When I saw him he had two in the boat.  I started out just south of the draw bridge with no luck.  I fished every side of the pilings with no luck.  First tried plastics then tried live shrimp. No bites around the bridge.  Moved out to fish where I saw the loons diving.  No fish.  Thought I was going to get skunked. Remembering I had the 2 artificial reefs on my gps for Lake P between hwy 11 and twin span I said why not go try it out.  Made it to the reef and started a drift over it.  I threw out a live shrimp and BAM a 12” Trout (Throwback), same drift and another shrimp BAM 15” Trout.  Went back to where I started drift and tried again.  I pulled in the rest of the trout this same way.  The Problems started when I anchored up.  I had so many snags and popped lines.  I stopped after all of the 1 oz sinkers in my box were gone.  I could have probably squeaked out a few more but had to get home to get ready to go to the parade with the kids. Could not miss this one.  We promised after missing the one the night before. All in all the fish seem scattered.  I did not see anyone reeling the fish in steadily.  I did see people trolling, but they also were not reeling them in.  Great day on the water.   Arrive Alive!!!

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Quickie on Lake P

TEAM JO-JO………………. Quick trip to Lake P had about 3 hours of fishing time  before me had to make it over to Gym meet for Granddaughterofthepack Big Ronin. Talk to Big John C last night told him me may be making an early quick trip to Lake P, says me you want to go, yes says he. Told him me would call him in the AM and confirm if it is a go or not. Made the call at 6 AM, go we go says me, yes go we go says he.   SIGNS:   Saturday trip was very promising with trolling Lake P Stopped for some go juice & ice Made it to the launch, me backing down when Big John shows up, quick load his gear into the Bay Flat Jr Yamaha Nightmare Machine ONE!!! Pull she ready to go Off to our honey hole to start the morning Me hate a time limit trip, but when you can go, and still keep him ladies happy, you got to go and fish your best in a short period of time.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.N.E. wind 6-8 mph perfect Sunny & clear Had a little fog that did not last long Water level down 6” Water temp cool Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a strong 4, starting to look good Tide falling, me thought it would turn around early but still falling when we left, but it did slow down a lot. Had 6-8 boats working the trestles   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Fish as long as me could and still make the gymnastic meet Me thought me missed the feed time Sat, thought it was earlier then me hot out there, but me was a little off on the timing of the change of the tide. Try to get Big John on a few Silverwonders Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching, (this philosophy / thought process applies to fresh water fishing, really any fishing)         Wind at your back: (Not a factor, had no wind today, you could fish any angel, any position with today’s wind.) Moving water: (Tail end of a falling tide, current was strong, slowed down a little but never turned around like it did Saturday) Water Clarity: ((Looking good, showed a lot improvement over Saturday trip, if the winds lay down, Silverwodners will be jumping in the boat soon) Holding fish: (Not much holding today.) Patient: ( Need some today, very slow morning, me think we made (4) trolls from north draw to mile maker 174, did get to talk a lot , me now know the country no in trouble thanks to president & his crew.) Trolling was the key 1.2 to 1.4 MPH LURE DU JOUR:   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop matched up with ¾ oz. jig head Big John tried a hot pink rattle trap nothing AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED:   North draw to mile maker 174, back & forth, stopped fishing at 9:20 AM. OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (2) (NMR) Silverwonders (5) trestles (2) hook ups lost reeling them in (2) hits missed setting hook Got to see Big TJ, he out and about in his new boat, looking good was he, he too was struggling with the Silverwodners, he even had live shrimp Short but very pleasurable morning trip with one of the best fisherpersons me know, Big John C Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   It be a tie, one each   SUGGESTIONS:   We still trying to learn the secrets of Lake P fishing, but the one thing Team Jo-Jo know for sure is “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW”   PONDER OF THE DAY:   In fishing the paradox occurs that two actions, (fishing / catching) become one and yet remain two.   Hope to be back at them in the morning, with more time to fish, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Capt. Jack fished with Bill Dillion and his brother John Dillion and son Jack Dillion. They had a great day. They caught 73 trout, 5 reds and 10 sheep head. Overall, the fishing was tough until the tide started moving. Once the tide started moving, fishing got way better. All Capt. Jack’s fish today was caught on beautiful Sweetwater live shrimp, which we have plenty of. Tomorrow’s fishing should be better due to the tide. There should be more range tomorrow with the tide. So, if you don’t want to go to the goofy parades take the kids out fishing. Water has gotten really clean in lots of great spots in the interior of Delacroix. If you want to go fishing and have nothing to do tomorrow, come on down to Sweetwater Marina with this great, beautiful weather we are about to have the fishing is only going to get better. Can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina. NOTES: -WE DO HAVE LODGING AVAILABLE EXCEPT FOR SUNDAY AND THE REST OF THE WEEK. DON’T PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY CONVENIENTLY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MARINA AND THE WATER. YOU CAN ROLL OUT OF BED, WALK DOWN THE STAIRS AND HOP IN THE BOAT AND TAKE OFF FOR A GREAT FISHING ADVENTURE. -Also, we have a boat shed available. If you are interested, call us at 504-342-2368. I’m sure it will go fast so call quickly. It is only $200 per month to conveniently keep your boat stored right here at Sweetwater Marina. And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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 quest for Silverwonders

TEAM JO-JO……………………….. No plan to fish, no crew, no first mate, me did text Big PJ, he texted back not available, so we do a solo trip to Lake P to see how the water looked and if the Silverwodners wanted to come out and play.   SIGNS:   Wedding last night , (reception at the Tea Room, nice) was a blast, Big Ashley now a married lady like Sadie, Loveofthepack and Oneofthepack wish them well and good luck. Made it too bad around 1:10 AM, up at the crack of 7:54 AM, took a little effort to get out of bed, guess me moves, (dance floor) last night was a little more strenuous then me thought. Had to get out of the house, cleaning lady coming soon. Loveofthepack already up, she prepping for her Saturday run with team in training to run the Hwy 11 bridge run. What to do, what to do, what to do, me guess it coin flipping time, heads go to Delacroix, tails go to Lake P. Flip was tails, not sure the fish god got it right this time, know she sometimes do that, so me flip again. Heads Delacroix, tails Lake P, Lake P it is, was we go. Modified Bay Flat Jr from a fresh water arrangement to a salt water arrangement, me load up all the rods, and reels, off me go As me driving to Tites me thinking all what me have to do, pick up ice, put plug in, secure Bay Flat Jr to truck when launching, me just about at Tites when me look at Bay Flat Jr in rear of me. As me eyes ran down the boat, me saw a HUSTON we have a problem, me have wrong fishing poles, me need trolling rigs, me turn around (me hate turning around, bad sign) Made a stop picked up ice on the way back to the abode Run in get 2 trolling rods, now have 6 rods on the Bay Flat Jr, back on track heading to Tites. No problem launching, Yamaha Nightmare Machine took 1 pull, of me got to start the trolling of Lake P   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Sunny & clear Cool to mild temps Wind calm, around 2:10 shifted to west, (8-10 mph) wind and tide fighting each other, tide coming in strong, slowed down little with the west wind. Water level up 8” Water temp high 60’s Tide falling all morning picked up speed as the day went along Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2, real sandy looking, you could see the lure down 12-14” but very hard to see. Not many boats out, and the ones that where did not stay long Loons where out in full force, this was a good sign, me kept trying because they kept trying to catch something just like me. Me just followed them around, no Loons me not fish that area.   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Get out of the house so it could be clean without me being not in the way Try the lake P and verify conditions, and Silverwonder status re: play / no play Never pass up a light wind day in Lake P, fish or no fish. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching, (this philosophy / thought process applies to fresh water fishing, really any fishing)         Wind at your back: (Not a factor, had no wind today, you could fish any angel, any position with today’s wind. it was real hot with no wind, when west start to blow it got cool real quick.) Moving water: (Caught tail end of falling tide, fish caught early 8:45 to 9:28 AM, current picked up bites stopped.) Water Clarity: (Almost not fishable, look dirty, sandy, kind of water that takes all the confidence away from me.) Holding fish: (Caught early, scattered up and down the trestles, fish caught right pass north Draw Bridge on west side of trestles.) Patient: ( long loving day, but needed some , slow but steady action early then nothing took a nap under the train bridge, check out picture of scenery over me head) Did a little cast and retrieve while me under bridge, nothing Trolling was the key 1.2 to 1.4 MPH LURE DU JOUR:   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop matched up with ¾ oz. jig head Tried purple nothing   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED:   North draw to mile maker 174, back & forth, stopped fishing at 2:45 PM   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (5) (NMR) Silverwonders (2) popped lines on trestles Had a lot of thinking time, soul searching trolling Got to see Big Ron Harris, he also trying his luck at the trestles, when me saw him he just started to fish, we talked a little fishing then we both got back to chasing Silverwodners. Got me a good hour, to hour half nap, it was so cool under the train bridge in the shad, felt like me back was in a cradle, rocking back and forth OH so gentle. Getting cold woke me up, in the shad and the west wind blowing it was cold. Relaxing day on the water Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Oneofthepack once again out fishes the whole crew!   SUGGESTIONS:   If the water every clears up in Lake P, me think the Silverwodners will want to play, and play a lot, get an early start catch the changing of the tide.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   One cannot be deeply responsive to fishing without being saddened very often.   Granddaughterofthepack, Big Ronin (8) will be in a gymnast meet tomorrow, so fishing may be off the table, but it is only a coin flip away, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack.

Still Checkin.

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  Planed trip to the Biloxi marsh Tuesday,2-14-17,ended with a roll over and go back to sleep. Called AGFISH Thursday and made a plan to head to the marsh today, 2-17-17, to see if the specks are still biting. Quick launch at Fort Pike about 6:15 and on to a smooth ride across Lake Borgne. Ducked in at False Mouth and started chunkin at a cut to Bob’s lakes. Tide was light but already coming in, thank goodness, if it had fallen any more the entire area would have been a mud flat, good day to know where to not go. Most consistent bite was the GNATS, deep woods off solved the biting problem, BUT had to breath with teeth clenched to keep from choking to death, light to no wind all day made repeated spray downs a necessity. Tried several , points, passes, Bayous and a duck pond in the Bob’s lakes area and only managed 1 red too big to keep. Gave up on the idea to fish our way to Crooked Byu where the only trout bite has been for me in the past few trips. Barely moving incoming tide made for a slow catching day, making filling the box that much slower was the 2-1 throw back to keeper ratio. Stuck it out making repeated drifts till 1 or so , then called it a day when the rain persisted to wet us down slow but steady. Discovered that my wife is not the only person I lie to when I say ”first sign of rain we outta here”. Commented to Allen, ohoh, “here comes the rain“, BAM 15” speck in the box, next comment, “better get the rain gear out, we aint goin nowhere”, no argument as he reeled in a nice speck. Biloxi marsh is still a fun trip if 15-20 specks satisfies the gotta goes for ya, works for me. Pretty much had the entire marsh to ourselves, looking forward to the next nice weather opportunity to Check For Specks again. Allen fished with a double rig ,Tiger bait on top Limbo Slice trailing, tight lined .I started with a Tiger Bait then switched to lemon head and finally a Holy Joely, lost without a bite to a oyster hangup, picked up another rod rigged with lemonhead on ¼ oz head and between that tight lined and a tiger bait under a poppin cork managed to stay busy catching(mostly throwbacks.) Water temp 55-58, , clarity , Lake Borgne at Rigolets, 4, Lake Borgne at Byu Biloxi, 8, Bob’s lakes spotty, 5 some spots ,8 others, crooked byu 8. Really light incoming tide all day. Finished with 19 specks 12-16” Twice that many throwbacks 2 reds 27-36” returned to beat up another old man 1 big Sheepshead (Allen caught it and said “in the box, I’ll clean it”)

RAINY DAY TROUT

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Today I had the pleasure of guiding good friends and customers Rudy Troyer and his dad Mr Larry. The guys like to catch trout so we went in search of decent water and hopefully some trout. After a slow morning of basically casting practice,  we found some of both in the Little Lake area but unfortunately the rain found us as well. We toughed it out and endured the steady rain for a good while to box 68 speckled trout and one green trout, pretty good for a tough weather day that was not supposed to be. Many thanks to Rudy and Mr Larry for a good day on the water spent with good friends. We look forward to their return! THE FISHING IS GOOD RIGHT NOW AND CAN BE BETTER ON GOOD WEATHER DAYS. WE HAVE TONS OF OPENINGS AND WOULD BE HAPPY TO TAKE CARE OF ANY OF YOUR GUIDING NEEDS. WE ARE BOOKING NOW FOR THE PEAK SPRING SEASON BUT GOOD FISHING IS HAPPENING NOW SO DON’T MISS OUT!   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

Sweetwater Marina

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This is a quick report from yesterday and today’s action down here in Delacroix. Yesterday, the water was extremely, extremely low. However, we managed to launch around 15 boats. There wasn’t much success. Yesterday, one angler had 25 trout; he was alone and fishing by the Spider. The water wasn’t as low today as it was yesterday morning. Today we launched about the same amount of boats, however anglers seemed to be more successful. As far as tomorrow, the weather should be nice. There should be low winds with the tide coming up. Prior to the last weather change, they were catching trout on the interior of Delacroix at all the normal hotspots. The water has cleared up considerably and getting better every day, and the river is going down. If you are ready to get on to some good action, come on down to Sweetwater, where the fishing is getting better each day. As soon as the weather gets stable for a couple of days, the fishing goes back to being great again. So, tomorrow seems promising for greater action. We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina, where we have plenty of beautiful live shrimp for everyone. You don’ have to launch here to purchase live bait. So, see yall tomorrow for what seems like a great day to be on the water! NOTES: -WE DO HAVE LODGING AVAILABLE EXCEPT FOR FRIDAY THE 17TH AND SATURDAY THE 18TH. DON’T PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY CONVENIENTLY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MARINA AND THE WATER. YOU CAN ROLL OUT OF BED, WALK DOWN THE STAIRS AND HOP IN THE BOAT AND TAKE OFF FOR A GREAT FISHING ADVENTURE. -Also, we have a boat shed available. If you are interested, call us at 504-342-2368. I’m sure it will go fast so call quickly. It is only $200 per month to conveniently keep your boat stored right here at Sweetwater Marina. And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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!

Fish Win

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Well it looks like I should have gone snapper fishing this morning instead of looking for big snapper with Mike Lane and Norman. We looked at the weather and opted out of the offshore run. Needless to say we didn’t find any big trout, and I missed the little bite there was on the numbers game with trout. My good friend caught 31 before I got there and the bite was over when we did get there. 5 Trout to show for our efforts and a 50MPH run across Terrebonne Bay to beat the rain. I think I was back at the dock for 10am, and Thanking God that we made it in minutes before the rain started. Good job Capt Chris Venable and Capt Austin Lacour for braving the weather and catching some great looking snapper. One day y’all might get as good as me at those snappers. LOL  –   Yeah and I need to know how and where you caught them so I can get them next time before you.

Pearl River Journey w/ Capt Don aka Perchwhisper

TEAM JO-JO………………… Today’s trip was a scale of a different color, Big Don along with Oneofthepack was aboard the Bay Flat Jr, in the Pearl River waterway in search of some Sacalait and perch.   SIGNS:   Took grandkidsofthepack to Mississippi to the discovery center, real nice place for kids to spend the day. Me go the chance to show Big William how to use a trawl, and how to tie the tail so you don’t lose all your catch. They even got to practice with a crane, lifting the load, moving the load and lowering the load down to the hole of the ship. They had many other interesting / learning experience on many other trades & business they could explore and try, recommend as a good day trip for the kids. Big Don had called wanted to know if me wanted to go chase some Sacalait, me says yes, for the best Met up at our humble anode in Grand Champions for 6:00 AM sharp When Big Don shows up Bay Flat Jr loaded, and waiting on start for him and his gear We off to various options: A             Hwy 11 bar Pitts B             Palm Lake C             Big Don’s top secret spot D            Big Don’s secret spot *             Launching in river not my cup of tea *             Running down river also not my cup of tea *             Launching in river, running down river, and running in the fog not my cup of tea *             Yamaha Dream Machine took 10 pulls to get her to fire up and run, not bad, good work out for me. *             Big Capt Don (as he is called) was guiding us down river, we made it to a slow sign, says         me can me open her up, no says wait sand bars ahead. Then me see all the longs, tress, etc. in the middle of the river, so me take it easy. *             Once we pass all that Big Don says you can go, me open her up, go about 2 blocks, and the Yamaha Dream Machine if trying to jump in the back of the boat, gave her more gas and we made it off the sand bar with no problem. *             We find the right canal we looking for, from then on all was well *             Battery for trolling motor dead, Big Capt Don not to happy, me just another challenge, him paddle, me paddle, it all worked out find, but me promise him it will never happen again. Me went to auto store to have them look at battery, First they told me it does no need water, and when they checked he said it had 11 volts, me thought that as enough, what me know about batteries!!   CONDITIONS: No wind Over cast day Cool to mild day, kept jump suite on all day, still not wash it Tide running to river Water level down Water temp cold Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was: River a 2 Canal a 10 plus, dark, clean, clear, black looking water perfect Saw (4) boats in secret spot   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Make a choice on what option to choose, A, B, C, or D, based on Big Don’s past experience in fishing the 4 options in the pass, and the conditions for the day, Big Don talked me into option D. But me and my heart was thinking option C, because that is where we caught some real nice Sacalait slabs last tine out. Locate and catch some Sacalait & perch Continue my learning education of running and fishing the Pear River, with Big Capt Don as the teacher of all his knowledge he has gain over the years fishing the river. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching, (this philosophy / thought process applies to fresh water fishing, really any fishing)         Wind at your back: (Not a factor, had no wind today, could have used some to push us along, as the trolling motor battery was / is dead) Moving water: (Falling to river, but not much current in canal.) Water Clarity: (If only Lake P and Delacroix had this great looking water, it would be a Silverwonder slam every day.) Holding fish: (Most we caught at one spot was (2), you had to move to catch them, was hoping we could find a school of fat Sacalait hanging around under the trees over hanging the bayou.) Patient: Needed some slow but steady action was at hand, we just creeping up the shoreline looking for the ideal strike zone.) Ultra-light rods, and reels was the rig of choice for fishing Sacalait today Trolled / drifted No cast & retrieve tight line caught a few No corks. Caught a bunch No live / dead bait   LURE DU JOUR:   See picture a very small tail with a 1/64th oz. head, like me said small, me used this all day, 2 foot under a cork. Big Capt Don, kept changing up colors, technique, presentation, (i.e. tight line, cork, etc.)   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED:   West Pearl water way   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (15) Sacalait (5) Perch (1) Bass (2) bottoms (4) popped lines (3) shoreline (5) sticks (2) bushels of grass We ran into Big Cadillac and his fishing partner, me never would have thought me would ever see him fishing fish water, and then even in a boat. Many time me on my way to Delacroix, Big Cadillac on bridge fishing, jump in says me let’s make a trip to Delacroix, always next times say him. Peanut butter sandwich & drinks as provided by Big Capt Don, what a host he be Me know it is about fishing & catching, but for me it is also about the scenery, me took a few pictures of what me now have locked into me memory bank, and it was just such a beautiful day in a very beautiful place. Loveofthepack and Oneofthepack traveled up / off the east coast all the way to Quebec to see the colors of the trees as winter took over. Me think me saw just as many today Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Me think Big Capt Don (as he is called) don’t like the idea of having a fisherperson of the day, as he conceded this honor early in the day. Me think the pressure gets to him, and he cannot concentrate on the task of catching.   Me know the score, me always know the score, and the score BE, Big Don does it again, me gave him a run for his money, but me think no fisherperson can out fish him, and/or out catch him. But me will keep trying, that is another fun part of the trip for me.   SUGGESTIONS:   Got to give this ultra-rig fishing a try, I love to see that cork take a dive, and then the immediate pull of the Sacalait, then comes the fight to get her to the boat and into the box for sweet enjoyment later.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Pessimism leads to optimism box empty ice chest, of fish!   Wedding tonight, (no fish tomorrow) another journey for 2, that they know not what lie ahead, me just hope they buy a boat so they can share some quality time together doing something that last longer than 3 minutes.   Guess me be off the water till Monday, hope all you weekend worriers have a great trip and catch a few Silverwodners, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack  

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I posted a report … It obviously didn’t make it to the report board. WHY?  Was is deleted?  If it was deleted, please place it back on the board.   Feel free to call me and I will be more than happy to explain. Mike Lane (504) 858-0484

CCA Fishing Seminar with Capt. Mike Gallo Angling Adventures of Louisiana

985-781-7811
Come out to Boat City USA tonight at 6:00 4113 W.Club Deluxe Rd, Hammond LA.   We will be talking spring fishing with tips & fish stories. Hope to see you there.   Thanks Capt. Mike Gallo

CAPT. KERRY AUDIBERT-OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS, LLC.

(985) 643-5851
NOT ALL DAYS ARE CAKE WALKS…. I had the pleasure of fishing with a new regular client for the second time in a year, Bobby Brister from Madison, MS. They came in for two days stayed down at the lodge and cooked out both nights. Day one we had his cousin Jimmy Ocain, and friend Wesley. Day two was just Bobby and Wes. Action both days was much like the story of have been lately. We had to put our time in to get on the trout, but got it done nonetheless. Having had another outstanding trip, fishing just outside downtown New Orleans, Bobby is already on the books with a big multi boat gig this coming March. See ya soon Bobby! All fish were caught with 13 Fishing Green and Black Omen Rods teamed up with FINS WINDTAMER BRAID on live shrimp and hybrid flurrys under corks. For reservations call, 504-259-5304 or feel free to email CaptKerry@bellsouth.net WE ARE CURRENTLY BOOKING UP FOR THE 2017 BIG TROUT (most weekends are already taken) and HEAD RUNS…. DON’T PROCRASTINATE AND GET STUCK BOOKING WITH JUST “ANY” GUIDE SERVICE. Come see why we have such a repeat clientele and keep our groups coming back! Some people tell you about all the fish they catch…our pictures prove it. Look at our catches day in day out before you make your next decision! NO FISH NO PAY GUARANTEE!! Also be sure to check out our website @ www.CaptKerry.net Premier Overnight Accommodations, Multiple Boat Trips (NO Group is Too Big), Corporate, and Evening Trips are Available!!! ****WE ACCEPT VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AND AMERICAN EXPRESS**** OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS……it’s what you “OUGHTTA” be doing!!!!

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tiger pass update

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I forgot   to  tell    our  trip  last   week    we   hit  bottom    in  tiger  pass  about   1 mile  from    the    end  of   pass  heading   out from  the  marina     there  were  no   green or red  markers  showing   the  channel     I was  on  my  gps only    and  it  marked  as 5 ft in the channel     the  channel   was   2 ft     repete    2 ft       I will   not  go  out  tiger pass  anymore  until   the  corp.  does  some  dredging      just   a  heads  up   on  tiger       tj   out

Spring Fishing (catching)

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Capt. Mike Gallo   Angling Adventures of Louisiana   Every spring for as long as I can remember (45+ years) I have looked forward to fishing. Longer photo period, warmer weather and hungry fish. What else can you ask for? When I started my charter service in 1997 friends and family told me “fishing will become work”.  Well I do work long hours. Booking trips, keeping the boat & lodge ready for clients, TV shows, seminars, magazine articles, internet post, etc, etc. But putting my clients on FISH !!!  In SPORTSMANS PARADISE. I still look forward to spring as if I we 10 again.  Last year  at AAofLA.com we enjoyed a great spring.  Plenty of fish and plenty above average fish.  Call, Click, or text me to book your ANGLING ADVENTURE. 985-781-7811  GUARANTEED FISH & FUN ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS Thanks Capt. Mike Gallo

Great bite Continues

(985) 851-3304
Another great day on the water. Jimmy Gravois of Metal Shark Boats and formally Gravois Boats was on board the Skeeter for a day of catching. There was going to be not much tide so we decided to go offshore and see if we could catch some snapper and white trout before the specks would turn on. Well the white trout didn’t want to bite and neither did the bull reds. The Lowrance was lit up with fish but nothing wanted to bite with absolutely no water movement. We ran around looking for some fish but nothing would want to bite. I finally decided to get right next to the rig and give it a try thinking the snapper would hold tight with not much movement in the water and we finally got 4 snapper. Also while fishing close to the rigs I found some pompano willing to take a shrimp under a sliding cork worked about 7 or 8 feet down. What a nice surprize to add to the fish box. Now ask me what in the hell was I thinking to throw a sliding cork rig 8 feet down in 40 feet of water. I use this saying a lot – Divine Intervention. Not the fast and furious bite we wanted but we got them anyway. It took till 11 o’clock to get 4 snapper OH MY, but now its time for the specks. I was headed to the same place I have been catching but a little divine intervention told me to give another reef a try. Holy Crap, it was fish on from the very first cast. Jimmy had a fat 2.5 pounder on his first cast and a nice 2 pound fish on his second cast. I was tossing the big Rib Shad that had produced the other day but got nothing, and Jimmy was tossing the Havoc Grass Pig in California color hooking up every cast. It didn’t take long for me to change. These trout wanted the smaller 3.5″ version. We fished the California color and the Green Pumpkin/watermelon color bouncing it on the bottom. We did get hung up a lot and left lots of jig heads in the junk but it was worth it. 50 nice trout caught as fast as we could throw. Most of the trout were 14 to 18 inches with a few big ones mixed in. No real huge ones like the other place. Probably why they didn’t want the big baits. Its trout time if you can get good weather, so give me a call and lets get on these great fish. Capt. Tommy Pellegrin

Spending Valentines Day with some SHEEP LOVIN MEN

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Capt Matt has still been on his 2017 streak, on the near shore trips. He has consistently been coming in with full fish boxes of sheepshead, drum and a couple of reds, specks and whites. We had just about enough of seeing his pictures and hearing his stories. We saw a nice warm day with calm seas coming on the extended forecast, but we had a few chores to take of first. We needed to run out to the Cat Island House to drop off a few things, so Me and Capt Kenny took advantage of the nice weather on Tuesday(Valentines Day). Could not have been more thrilled to learn that the The Great Capt Kyle Jarreau(retired) would be joining us! Capt Kyle spent many hundreds of days on the water with us in the many years he worked with Shore Thing Fishing Charters. Kyle has always been a key factor in helping us build STFC into what it is today. Our man Kyle was all smiles, while we were loading up our supplies, to bring out to the island. The smile was from a bucket of “secret bait” he had brought along. He had hooked up with his buddy Paul Webster to get a pile of live fiddler crabs! This time of year, those little suckers are like air to an astronaut, for sheepshead, puppy drum and red fish. I thought this was gonna be a quick supply run, but I should have known something was up. I just didn’t put 2 and 2 together when Kenny told me to pick up some ice before we met up at the dock. I made a promise to my daughter that I would drop off our “rainy day” stepping stone project we had made together. It has old fishing lures we found washed up on the beaches of Cat Island. We made our delivery of supplies and gifts to “The Mayor” Mr Walter Gaudin, the only resident of Cat Island. Was great to see our good friend, and see all the projects he has going out there. The visit, was also to start getting things ready for a very very busy season of our overnight all inclusive trips we do at the Cat Island House. When the work was done, it was time to play, and play we did. In years past, when Kyle was guiding with Shore Thing, we would all make a few fun/scouting trips(just us guides). Since everyone’s bookings, land life, and family schedules always kept getting busier, we hardly every get to fish together anymore. It has literally been years since me, Kenny and Kyle have fished together, on the same boat. We took full of our time together. We busted each other chops from start to finish. Not taking a break from the shenanigans, we still went after the sheepshead with extreme vengeance. We fished our way back from the island, and the bite just got better and better as the day went on. Those freakin fiddler crabs worked like a charm! We had them rigged on about a foot and a half dropper loops, with 1/2 ounce bell sinkers, and small live bait hooks. We missed our fair share of bites, but that is kinda par for the course with sheepshead fishing. When we were able to set up correctly with the faster moving tide, those poor sheeps didn’t stand a chance. Who ever had a bare hook, was immediately in charge of net, plier, or re-baiting duties. The boat kind of took on its own rhythm, and we filled the box with big ole tasty sheeps. If you have never eaten sheepshead, you really have no clue what you are missing. If you think sheepshead are hard to clean, LEARN HOW TO CLEAN THEM. It really is a piece of cake, with a serrated knife and the proper technique. We ran out of bait with 30 sheeps, 4 puppy drum and 2 ground mullet. We cleaned our pile o fish in no time, and probably spent more time fighting over who was gonna get the bigger bag of fillets. This is one of our favorite times of year to fish. Had we not have had to run to the island, our boat ride would have taken minutes to the fishing grounds. After we got everything put away, Kyle and I dropped by Capt Matts fishing store in Pass Christian, BRUSH ISLAND OUTFITTERS. We just wanted to rub in that we were the ones catching while he was doing “land work”, but he got the last laugh. This store is gonna be the death of me. Buyer beware, if you guy in that place, and you are a fisherman, you are gonna buy something. Im in there several times a week, and he still has new stuff coming in daily. Since Capt Matt personally ordered all the tackle and clothing in there, it is a fishermans paradise, and a checking accounts worst nightmare. Very cool place, and worth a good once over. We did get to spend an awesome weather day, with great friends. Not to mention, we all got a pile of fish to take home. If you have never done this type of fishing, or are looking for something to do, especially during the Mardi Gras Break, you gotta give this try. The sheeps should be thick till mid to late March, and then the black drum take over. On the prettier days, we can still roll to the marsh, but its hard to leave this much fun, that is so close to the dock. When the trout, reds and triple tails are more consistent, and the weather is stable, we will spend more of time down south. Until then, its hard to pass up this much fun in the front yard. Give us a holler if yall wanna have a go at it. Thanks ****SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS**** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out some of our Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4

Time to Fish!!!

(504) 427-4973
The action has been fantastic down in Delacroix, and we’d love for you to come down! The warm weather we are having are turning the fish on big time, its basically a typical Spring bite, which is some of the best fishing of the year. The trout are starting to move into the interior bays again which lets us have short boat rides and easy fishing. The redfish bite has been outstanding, quick limits and one stop shops. With this weather we are having, dont miss out on this early spring bite, its one of the best in the country. We are extremely excited about this year and can’t wait until April/May. We have some great things happening here at Cast and Blast Charters and cant wait to see you! We provide first-class lodging with an incredible scenic view of the marsh, as well as all inclusive. Meals are offered and all the amenities you need. Dont delay, our calendar starts to fill up this time of year, so dont wait to book your trip today! Please visit our website at www.LaSaltwaterFishing.com and Call Now at 5044274973! Follow us on Facebook!

Sweetwater Marina

504-453-8382
More great news, lots of fish caught today at Sweetwater! All the same places that we have been reporting are still hot! One new HOTSPOT: Little Lake! We aren’t saying that the action out in Little Lake is like years prior, but there is a little action happening! Within this past week there has been around 4 to 5 limits of speckled trout come out of Little Lake! The fishing has really gotten way better in the last week and a half due to the water clarity! So, Captain Jack is thinking there should be a lot of speckled trout on the interior! Once the water gets a little clearer, fishing should REALLY pick up again! You have a good window of opportunity tomorrow until around 3pm, when the weather will set it. However, around Thursday the fishing should definitely be back on track and running good for a spectacular weekend of fishing! Although, we aren’t trying to say that Wednesday you won’t be able to catch some fish! Plenty, plenty of live shrimp here at Sweetwater! If you launch here or not, we will still sell you live shrimp! Lodging availability: We have rooms available during the week along with one opening left for this weekend! So, give us a call at 504-342-2368, if you’re interested! NOTES: -WE DO HAVE LODGING AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND. DON’T PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY CONVENIENTLY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MARINA AND THE WATER. YOU CAN ROLL OUT OF BED, WALK DOWN THE STAIRS AND HOP IN THE BOAT AND TAKE OFF FOR A GREAT FISHING ADVENTURE.  -Also, we have a boat shed available. If you are interested, call us at 504-342-2368. I’m sure it will go fast so call quickly. It is only $200 per month to conveniently keep your boat stored right here at Sweetwater Marina. And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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!

Delacroix Intel & Good News

TEAM JO-JO…………………… Me begin to like these no plan trips, me can decide when me get up if me want to go. No post for first mate because me did not expect much catching to take place, so me did a solo trip to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island.   SIGNS:   No fish over the weekend, not a good sign Made to parades with grand kinds, Saturday night and Sunday during the day, another sing of the times. Relaxing , laid back weekend When me was working and could only fish weekends, me never check weather, tide, wind, me just go, and do it, and make it happen no matter what the conditions. Now that me retired, me started to look at weather, tide, wind, and me start to try and pick good day. Me think me go back to old way, just do it!!!!!!! No wild life sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Stopped at car wash to wash ice chest, it needed it very much, me short one quarter, it cost $1.25 Run over to gas station fill up and get some change Head back t car wash, did a good job on ice chest Sopped for some ice $1.50 for 16# Passed on Waffle House, McDonnel, and Last Stop food store, me running late Check point Abel (canal at junction) water down 18 to 24”, me feel this not good Check point Bravo (Reggio Canal) no tide movement, nog good sign Made it to the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she hanging high and dry in her slings, just looking bored to death Dropped her in the water, Yamaha Dream Machine stuck in bud, water so low, motor got planted in the bottom of the canal, me trimmed up and backed out. Passed on Lionel’s, me have all me needed aboard / in the Bay Flat Sr Took a picture of Lionel’s parking lot, only 2 boat out and about not a good sign Saw a white bird feeding along the shoreline, this a very good sign, me like when me see this cause me fell bird feeding fish feeding AS me motoring down the bayou al slow speed, me thinking on where to go, low water, windy day, where do me start me day, spot # 64 jumped in me head, off me went to # 64.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect E.N.E. wind 10-15 MPH steady all day Over cast day, see picture that what me looking at when me made turn down Bayou Gently heading to Little Lake Cool to mild temps, kept jump suite on all day Water level down 18 – 24” Water temp cool Tide low, (see pictures) was falling in the morning, turned and started to come in around 1:00 PM, could have been the wind pushing it Water clarity, best me have seen in months: Spot # 64 a 3 Spot # 61 C a 3 plus Spot # 61 a 3 Spot # 60 a 3 plus Spot # 20 a 4 Skippy Lake a 4 Spot # 17 (Point Fienne) a 5 plus Spot # 2 C a 3 plus Only saw one boat out fishing, had a couple of commercial ones out too   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Run the milk run to see what each spot looked like Gather Intel for future trips. Have committed to take a few fisherperson out to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island Get me head back on straight, let loose of some of the things / items / thoughts that have been flowing freely in me mind, just loose myself in the marsh. Put some run time on the Yamaha Dream Machine Wind at your back: (Wind was little challenge today, but we have a number of spots to fish with the wind at our back with a N.E. wind. First spot no bites, second spot no bites, wind was at me back, tide going the same way as the wind, me ran up wind turned and did the Oak River Troll, BINGO, it was on, only drifted may be a ¼ of a block, kept going back and forth over that section of the canal.) Moving water: (me think it was slack at the start then falling, then coming in, the wind may have had the water moving, me know at 12:40 pm tide was coming in at spot # 2c.) Water Clarity: (Not to good today, but BB 16 was very fish able for sure) Holding fish: (Spot 61 C, 20, and 2C had a few of them their Silverwodners that wanted to play, each spot produced enough action to keep me interested.) Patient: (Did not need much, a pretty good active / action day, never got bored.) Cast & retrieve with a little twitch (12) t Corks nothing Oak River Troll all fish caught this way (14) t   LURE DU JOUR:   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop matched up with H&H round white head w/gold hook ¼ oz. head drew first blood, but the purple beetle matched up with H&H 1/4 oz. round white head w/gold hook held its own, probable a 16 to 8 ratio. Purple caught the bigger Silverwonders.   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 64, 63, 61 C (8) T, B, A, 61, 60, 20 (7)T, 17 (2)T, # 2C (9)T, stopped fishing around 1:40 PM, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (26) NMR Silverwodners # bottoms, popped lines (1) extra poles (1/8) bushel of grass Got me some me time, relaxing day on the water Took a picture of the Pelicans on the way back in, me think the Delacroix Pelicans are getting lazy, the sit on the boat slip roofs, and are in the water, they follow you back to your slip, in the hopes that they can get the waste from your cleaning of the fish. Me had (13) following me back to me slip, but surprise, surprise, me no clean fish, maybe next time. Best fishing trip of me life, until the next one   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   One of three, me, myself, or I, me like the competition, and the company a lot   SUGGESTIONS:   Delacroix water it at its beast, looking real good all over, me don’t know if it was because of such a low tide, and it sucked all the clan water out of the marsh, but it is looking real good.   Me think if water stays clean, Feb, March, April, and even mid-May will make up for the past 5-6 weeks of dirty water and catching down in / at our Disney World known as Delacroix Island.   Best get ready just in case, have plenty Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, & Purple beetles on hand, also the H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook, head can be use with either lure.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Fishing is catching and vice versa.   Word is Lake P back on, but me be off the water for a couple days, meeting, and cooking but when Tuesday comes around, and then Friday, rest assured me be back at them Silverwodners, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

wahoo report

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fished   2 days  out  of   4     2 days  we  got   winded out    very  rough  seas   5 ft   most  all   day  and   heavy  fog   in  the river  coming and going     day   1  we  went  east   with    monstor  KINGS  skying    ( I was  in  heaven)   no  joke   we  saw    kings   jumping  for    3 hours     of  coarse   the  kings   ran  off  all  other   tuna in  the  area  I did  see  2 tuna   jump        we  got   10   KINGS   biggest at   44 lbs   all  the  others  at  30 lb  ave.      no  tuna    we     jigged  up   1  aj   at   40 lbs   but  the current  was  rippin       day 2 and 3  were   a  bust   we  fished   the  last  day  on   Saturday      and  went  west   for  wahoo   we   got   10  hits   6  hooks ups   and  landed  3     45    50  and  60 lbs      we  worked  hard  to  get   what  we   got        my  buddy  went   back to  the  tuna grounds  and  got   4   yellows   1 went  97lbs   the 3 others were around  80 lbs     so  he   had   a  very  good   day    he  also  fished  sunday  and  got   a  111 lb  tuna  and  lost   a  big  boy  est.  at   150    sunday  was   my   drive  day      weather  was   mild    cold    going  down  the river   but    when   you  hit  the  gulf    you  had   to  strip   down  to   shorts       one   of   my  friends   got   some    video action   and   I hope   to   be able  to  share  an  epic   KING bite       tj   tired and out

Capt.John Haller’s RIGOLETS FISHING HIGHLIGHTS!!!

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www.fishinglouisiana.net NO BOAT SHOWS!!!   I picked up Richard Duncan,daughter Jenifer, and son Austin who were from Georgia down visiting relatives at the Rigolets Marina.We loaded up my bait tank with Rigolets Live Shrimps.I decided to stay local so we headed into Lake P.bright and early with high hopes.Richard informed me that his family were having a fish fry for around 30 people to feed.The weather was beautiful with slick calm conditions , outgoing tide, full moon, and clean water.All I needed to do was to find a few fish for fish fry.Well after a couple of moves I found a good bite with a mixed bag going in the cooler.All fish were caught of drop shot rigs in 12 ft. ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS!!!!   The catching is only 35 minutes North from downtown New Orleans and West of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Casino’s and just minutes by boat to the fishing grounds the world famous RIGOLETS!!! Home of several state and world record fish. The boat rides are short, no bugs eating you up, modern lodging available, clean restrooms,  and restaurants serving great local seafood with wet bars serving cold beverages waiting for you just minutes away. “You got to go to know” so get in on the none stop action by calling or email me to secure the best days !!! *****1 CHASING TAIL Charters LLC**** SINCE 2002 Welcome aboard to fish with one of the oldest and most experience charter boat fishing company and guide service on the entire northern Gulf Coast region. We simply go to the best fishing grounds for each season and the species of fish you desire to catch. Several boats with veteran captains on stand by year around for LARGE GROUPS with SPECIAL PRICING and CORPORATE DISCOUNT RATES(no groups are to big) !!! Modern LODGING and RESTAURANTS with great local SEAFOOD just minutes away from The Marina!!! CUSTOM and AFTERNOON TRIPS available at customer request!!! *****ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ARE NOW ACCEPTED VISA – MASTER CARD – AMERICAN EXPRESS – DISCOVERY – VIA PAY PAL***** Please visit my website for addition information www.fishinglouisiana.net Like and follow me on www.facebook @1chasingtailcharters and www.twitter @1chasingtail FOR RESERVATIONS CALL TO BOOK YOUR TRIP 601-799-6193 or email 1chasingtail@att.net and I will PERSONALLY put you on the FISH and FUN guaranteed!!! Thank You , Capt. John Haller        

If you’re not Fishing you’re Missing out

(985) 851-3304
Yesterday was a great day with my son Capt Eric Pellegrin, we took advantage of the suddenly calm weather and went looking for some snapper close to home. First off we needed fresh bait for the snapper so it was the white trout rigs to start with. Armed with double rigs with green Cocodrie Cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jig head we commenced putting trout in the boat as fast as we could get down 12 seconds. this presented another problem though, the white trout were 14 to 16 inches and we were having too much fun pulling doubles of these nice fish to leave and go snapper fishing. Then it happened like last time, the big bull reds started eating the trout and we got tired of fighting the bulls so we left for the snapper. It took a couple of stops to find red snapper in state water but when we did it was fast and quick. Cut white trout and very old spanish sardines. They were still in the freezer from my offshore days. Now after all of this it was finally time to go after some big specks, I was waiting on the right tide. It didn’t take long when we got there it was hook ups all around right away and then it slowed to a normal pace. Slow and steady bite on a very slow retrieve. We were using Berkley Power Bait Rib Shad in 4.5″ Swamp Gas color. This is a huge bait. Also working was the 5″ Havoc Grass Pig in Swamp Gas color. We fished specks for about and hour and put around 18 to 20 hammer trout in the box. It would be nice to show off a limit of these big trout but to me that would be a waste. Besides 12 to 15 inch trout are much better eating. I put a picture of the bait we are using with a matrix next to it to give you an idea of the size. If you want in on some great fish catching give me a call. Capt Tommy Pellegrin

Super Fishing

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I got a call late yesterday evening from Capt. Anthony Kyzar asking if I could run a trip, so I did. Not knowing who I would have I made the call to Brad Gavit and made the arrangements for the trip. Never knowing that I had some of the greatest customers of all time. Brad and Connie came down from Alaska to enjoy some of south Louisiana’s best stuff. I thought it only right that I show them the time of their lives fishing. They wanted to try out the bull reds and drum first so off we went to Cocodrie and out to the bay. I was headed to one of my favorite spots but divine intervention came through and I made a stop at one of the first wells I was getting to. Well it was a great stop as reds and drum bit their lines right of the bat. Only problem was the fish would pull lots of drag but not get hooked up. I don’t know if it was 4 or 5 hookups before Connie finally got a red to the boat. After that it was game on as redfish and drum were coming to the boat very quickly, only it was only Connie catching. Brad couldn’t get a bite. Then the luck changed and both were catching almost every cast. We were using sliding cork rigs with dead shrimp. We stayed steady on the fish till 11am and decided that after, red fish, drum, sheepshead, catfish, channel mullet, white trout, and a sting ray that wanted to finish the slam with a speckled trout. I took off and make it to the only place I know out in the bay that had trout at this time of year. I had Brad and Connie start of with rattle shrimp and I started tossing that same no name bait I had last week. Right away I caught a trout and then another one. I switched them to this 5″ bait and the trout started to come in slowly. In the beginning of the week I got some new Berkley Power Baits called Rib Shad in 4.5 inch, swamp gas color. All I can say is these baits are huge. I started testing one to see if the trout would hit it. Well they not only hit it they annihilated this bait. I would have never though that the trout would hit such a huge bait. We fished just long enough to catch 15 really nice trout. Using a real slow retrieve. If you are ready to get in on these nice trout give me a call. I would have had more pictures but I lost them in my computer somewhere.

Boat slip for rent

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Boat slip for rent in Delacroix by the year only just passed Lake Leary

Sweetwater Marina

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Fishing has really picked up! We heard some reports from some customers fishing in Forehorse that did exceptionally well but many limits coming from Skippy today! During the week, the hotspots seemed to be poto Caballo, Point Fienne and Lake Robin; nobody reported fishing from those areas today, however I think it’s worth a shot to see if those spots are still HOT, HOT, HOT! The weekend weather is looking good, so don’t be afraid to make the trip over to Sweetwater Marina and catch your limit! REMINDER: Don’t go out without what makes the fish bite and that’s LIVE SHRIMP, which just in case you were wondering, Sweetwater is fully stocked and ready to fill up your bait wells! So, this weekend don’t make any other plans than to come on over to Sweetwater, and let us hook you up with the best marina service around! We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater, the marina that loves and appreciates their customers! Also, If you need to book any rooms or charters please call us at 5043422368. NOTES: -WE DO HAVE LODGING AVAILABLE THIS SUNDAY AND DURING THE WEEK. DON’T PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY CONVENIENTLY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MARINA AND THE WATER. YOU CAN ROLL OUT OF BED, WALK DOWN THE STAIRS AND HOP IN THE BOAT AND TAKE OFF FOR A GREAT FISHING ADVENTURE. -Also, we have a boat shed available. If you are interested, call us at 504-342-2368. I’m sure it will go fast so call quickly. It is only $200 per month to conveniently keep your boat stored right here at Sweetwater Marina. And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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!

CAPT. KERRY AUDIBERT-OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS, LLC.

(985) 643-5851
ONE STOP IS ALL IT TAKES….. I had the pleasure of guiding long time regular Bill Davies. He brought along his son Parker and daughter in law, Sovia. We fished Lake Borgne and the surrounding marsh with little to show for our efforts. We kept at it, plugging away, and by noonish stumbled on paydirt. Deep bayou between two shallow ponds and the trout were stacked in it like cardwood! Every cast, lemon drop hybids were the ticket. Sovia schooled the old boys and pulled her weight like a champ. She had Bill and Parker trying their best to get in on the action. In short order they boxed 75 trout and we headed to the barn, having had another outstanding day fishing just outside downtown New Orleans. All fish were caught with 13 Fishing Green and Black Omen Rods teamed up with FINS WINDTAMER BRAID on hybrid flurrys under corks. For reservations call, 504-259-5304 or feel free to email CaptKerry@bellsouth.net WE ARE CURRENTLY BOOKING UP FOR THE 2017 BIG TROUT (most weekends are already taken) and HEAD RUNS…. DON’T PROCRASTINATE AND GET STUCK BOOKING WITH JUST “ANY” GUIDE SERVICE. Come see why we have such a repeat clientele and keep our groups coming back! Some people tell you about all the fish they catch…our pictures prove it. Look at our catches day in day out before you make your next decision! NO FISH NO PAY GUARANTEE!! Also be sure to check out our website @ www.CaptKerry.net Premier Overnight Accommodations, Multiple Boat Trips (NO Group is Too Big), Corporate, and Evening Trips are Available!!! ****WE ACCEPT VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AND AMERICAN EXPRESS**** OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS……it’s what you “OUGHTTA” be doing!!!!

Best of Bayou Bienvenue

TEAM JO-JO………………………. Had no plans to go fishing, Big Pablo called said they going to Delacroix, me not to high on Delacroix at present so passed on trip Text Big PJ around 9 PM no response, went to bed work up around 7 AM, checked phone, Big PJ text back he ready to go. Big PJ calls me, me says pick you up at 8:15 AM we heading to Bayou Bienvenue to chase the Silverwodners.   SIGNS:   Good night sleep Up late, now this a sign Text / text trip a go Loaded up the Bay Flat Jr, arranged the boat for Bayou Bienvenue fishing, put trolling motor on and made sure me had some lite tackle. Quick stop at Big PJ, off to BB town Only 1 bot launched at Gulf Outlet Mariner  CONDITIONS: Perfect S.E wind 15-18 MPH steady all day, had no problem finding fresh air, cause it was blowing by us about 12 MPH Sunny & clear Cool to mild temps, kept jump suite on all day Water level up 10-12” Water temp 60 – 61*F Tide falling all day Water clarity: BB 3 a 2 plus BB 13 a 2 BB 16 a 3 , very fish able Had 6-8 boats out and about   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Try to find some clean water to fish, me hate dirty water See if we could temp the Silverwonders into biting our Matrix Shad Lemon Drop Find a lee shore to fish Check out the whole area of spot # BB 16, find all the drop offs, and edges of the channel. Check out all the rock shorelines, find drop off associated with each row of rocks. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching: Wind at your back: (Wind was little challenge today, the shoreline we wanted to troll wind was heading straight into it at 15-20 MPH. If you could anchor off and cast to shore it would have been directly at you back, We tried to use the wind to push us, and using the trolling motor to keep us off the rocks, but wind too much for trolling motor.) Moving water: (me think it falling, we fishing a dead end, so water movement hard to see / notice in such a big body of water.) Water Clarity: (Not to good today, but BB 16 was very fish able for sure) Holding fish: (If they were we did not know it and / or find the spot. But Pablo and crew Big Adrian, had (30) all caught in one spot. They about 3 blocks away from us, right spot, right time.) Patient: (We need a plenty today, slow day, slow way, we just kept trolling at them in hopes they might give us a crazy 15 minutes.) Cast & retrieve with a little twitch every now and then nothing Corks nothing, did not try Oak River Troll all fish caught this way   LURE DU JOUR:   We started out at BB 13 with 3” H&H purple beetle, matched up with ¼ oz. round H&H white head w/gold hook. At BB 16 we switched to the Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, we matched up with various size heads, ¼ to ¾ oz. to try and get the right feel of the lure, wind had a 3 foot bow in our lines kind of hard to feel the bites, if we evet got a bite.   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED:   Reached Spot BB 3 at 9:10 AM, BB 13 next (1) t, BB 16 up next (3) t, stopped fishing around 1:10 pm, made a quick stop at BB 3 to see if the reds wanted to play, no body home.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (4) Silverwonders, 2 throw backs (1) Big catfish (see picture) (2) bottoms (2) popped lines We had some company, Big Pelican eye us up all morning, he posed for picture Wind burn on our faces Learn some more intel for area BB 16 Relaxing morning on the water with Big PJ, says he, me broke me new pole (Shimano tip) you got for me, says to he, see GUS and don’t cuss. Got a lot of fresh air Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Might been Big PJ, might been Oneofthepack, but it has to be Big Pablo & Big Adreian, they had (30) Silverwonders, and 3-4 reds, they be fisherpersons of the day.   Me need to call Big Pablo and get the Intel of, what, when, where, why, how of his catching today. We saw them when we came into the slip, they stayed in one spot all morning. We did not know it was them, because they were supposed to be at Delacroix.   Me guess plan “B” was better than plan “A”!     SUGGESTIONS:   Fish where Big Pablo fished at.   As for Oneofthepack, me about ready to hang it up for a while, Bayou Bienvenue, Lake P, and Delacroix, me cannot get away from the dirty water. On our way home looked over into the lake, looked worst then chocolate milk, and me feel Delacroix had not cleared up either.   Call out to Capt Don, (as he is known) you ready to go chase some perch & Sacalait, please call me.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to fish & catch.   Me think me go try fishing at the casino, all me have to do is make sure me not fish at end of day.   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack     P.S.   Big PJ & Oneofthepack had a conversation about the conditions of the pilings (see picture) me says the barnacle did that, Big PJ says no. Can any of you fisherpersons enlighten us on how that got in such bad conditions????????????????

Boat Show Special

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Hope to see everyone at The Boat Show this weekend in the Superdome.  We will be there running our Boat Show Special 14 months for $179 (2 FREE months)  If you can’t make it this weekend, just give us a call and ask for the special.  As always new and existing members can take advantage of the special as the time will be added to your current expiration date.  Hope to see you all there! Sea Tow New Orleans (504) 301-4545

Lake P after the bad weather

TEAM JO-JO…………………… Once again no plan to go fishing, late to bed, late to rise (8 AM), only took for me to check out rodnreel.com to know me was going fishing. Sent a text to Big PJ, can you go now??? He text back at dentist be home at 10, OK says me, we going says he, yes says me. He must have paid the dentist to work double time because he was home for 9 AM, 9:05 we loading all the gear in the Bay Flat Jr, 9:20 we launching at Tites Place, 9:30 we at honey hole to start the day morning of trolling Lake P trestles.   SIGNS:   Made a very wise decision to cut trip short Tuesday, as me missed the few tornados touching down in the close area me fishing. Even with just catching 2 real nice NMR Silverwodners, me shut it down and headed in. Me was fishing, (out of Hopedale area) the Sunday before Katrina, me had the same feeling then, and then too me headed back in to the house quick time. Had tough relaxing Tuesday, so headed to gym at 10 PM, steam room & hot tub seems to get me in a relaxed mood, got home and to bed around midnight, sleep like a baby. Had to switch the Bay Flat Jr from the Bayou Bienvenue arrangement (remove trolling motor & put rods with 3/4oz jig heads in boat) to the Lake P arrangement. Once we entered Lake P first thing me notice water clarity was not good Next thing me notice the absent of the Loons, not one on the water, this not good No boats another not good sign Stopped fishing around 10:40 am, dirty water did me in Made a stop at GUS, Big PJ bought another rod, me keep telling him it not the gear, but it be the fisherperson. Big PJ bought lunch at Chinese buffet Got the call from Big Andrew, spent the evening helping him get his new boat set up the way he wanted it. Got the chance to wash it, and me not even fish out of it yet, Big Andrew says we make a trip soon, says me not me, don’t want to have to come home, wash & wax boat after trip., me stick to Bay Flat Sr or Jr, they like the way they look and smell, just like me.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect S.S.W. wind 6-8 Little chop on water Sunny & clear Mild to warm temps, no jump suite needed Water level down 12” Water temp warm Tide falling pretty hard, once again the current slamming lures against trestles Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 1 plus, see pictures Only saw (3) boast out and about and they did not stay long No Loons (2) Pelicans (1) Train   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Verify / challenge the water clarity after the tornados and high winds See how bad the Silverwonders wanted to eat, because me don’t think they could even see the lures, me think you would have to hit them in / on the head to get their attention. Try out Big PJ new trolling rig Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching: Wind at your back: (Not a factor, heading into a S.S.W. wind help slow the Bay Flat Jr down, and when going north, it moved the boat where motor almost not needed, we could have done the Oak River Troll.) Moving water: (Caught the start of a falling tide, current was strong, it kept slamming me lure against the trestles, had a few hook ups on trestles) Water Clarity: (This was the missing criteria, and the most challenging component of the morning trip. Unlike Delacroix which you can run around and possibly find better looking water, water quality is for the most part the same from north to south shore on a day like today. To Oneofthepack this item is the most important one of the 6 criteria listed, bar none.) Holding fish: (Caught one, guess you can say it was holding one for sure.) Patient: Needed some slow (2) hours on the water, kept alive by one lonely little Silverwonder, who committed suicide.) Trolled morning back & forth on west side of trestles heading south No cast & retrieve No corks No live / dead bait   LURE DU JOUR:   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched with ¾ oz. head   Check out picture of me rigs, see if you can tell what current favorite lure is? Note have rigged with H&H ¼ oz. jig head, 3/8, and (2) ¾ oz. jig head, like this me ready for any action any place, anywhere, any condition.   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED: North draw to mile makers 174 and beyond too FB 9 OUR REWARD:   Live to fish another day (1) (NMR) big girl, threw her back (4) Pilings (2) popped lines (1) Yamaha Nightmare Machine (Which by the way started with one pull) Pulled out 50 yards of 30 # power pro, Big PJ at it again Got a good zinger on Big PJ, says he this the first time me very got skunked, even the first time me came out (when me not know what me doing) and we caught all those Silverwodners me caught some,……….Me could not resist it says me “ Anybody can catch them when they biting” BAM one for the uneducated plumber. Trailer adjustment working great, keeps Bay Flat Jr off the fenders, like me knew what me was doing. Big PJ and Oneofthepack will be back at them again in the morning. We be chasing them Silverwodners down Bayou Bienvenue way. Big PJ just called said he bought another reel, he keep buying rods & reels sooner or later he will find one / some that will give him the confidence he is looking for, after all that is what it is all about, CONDIFIENCE!!! Best fishing trip of me life, until the next one   FISHERPESON OF THE DAY:   After me caught the one and only Silverwodners, me says does that fish light a fire under you for fishing, says Big PJ, you throwing that fish back did, and don’t expect me to throw any of mind back, me only keeping 13” Silverwonders today.   SUGGESTIONS:   Give Lake P another day or two, let the water settle down, once it clears up me think they will be back on,on,on,on, we hope to see you fisherpersons back at them soon.   Don’t forget you Matrix Shad Lemon Drops, and you ¾ oz. jig heads, see GUS   PONDER OF THE DAY:   No fisherperson creature can give orders to catch, but to fish or not to fish is the question.   Back at them in the AM, looking for the mother load of Silverwonders, will settle for one nice one, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

504-453-8382
Believe it or not, the fishing in Delacroix has gotten tremendously better. Capt. Jack fished with C.T. William for the big fish report on Thursday night. They caught around 15 or so trout before the weather set in, and when we say set in, it SET IN! But some people fished Point Fienne yesterday and had some nice limits of speckled trout. Capt. Jack and C.T. fished in Lake Robin then in Forehorse for around 15 minutes and as soon as the fish started to bite they had to head in due to the weather. The good news is: FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY we are going to have a nice weekend for fishing! This weekend will probably be one of the best in the last month. So….don’t waste any more time; head on over to Sweetwater Marina, the marina that loves their customers, and let our employees get your fishing trip started successfully. We can’t wait to see all of you this weekend to set out on a spectacular fishing adventure with the help of all of us here at Sweetwater Marina! NOTES: -WE DO HAVE LODGING AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND. DON’T PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY CONVENIENTLY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MARINA AND THE WATER. YOU CAN ROLL OUT OF BED, WALK DOWN THE STAIRS AND HOP IN THE BOAT AND TAKE OFF FOR A GREAT FISHING ADVENTURE. -Also, we have a boat shed available. If you are interested, call us at 504-342-2368. I’m sure it will go fast so call quickly. It is only $200 per month to conveniently keep your boat stored right here at Sweetwater Marina. And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), free cable and Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom. We also have our two-bedroom lodge that sleeps up to 8 guest, however instead of a galley kitchen it has a full kitchen. 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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!

CAPT. KERRY AUDIBERT-OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS, LLC.

(985) 643-5851
GREAT DAY AT THE BEACH….. I had the pleasure of fishing with long time regulars, the Matherne family. Brandan, Marguerite, Marshall, and nephew, Dale Klibert, Jr. on his first trip ever. Capt. Steve jumped in and deck-handed. We headed to the northeastern most edges of the marsh. Things started out slow and the fish seemed to be scattered with a bunch of throwbacks. We kept bouncing getting on 2 outstanding trout bites on flats near adjacent deep water. Dale caught on quicker than anyone I’ve ever seen and Marguerite, as usual, batted clean up for the crew. 100 trout later we took it to the house around noon and had a fish cleaning party and cold adult beverages. All fish were caught with 13 Fishing Green and Black Omen Rods teamed up with FINS WINDTAMER BRAID on hybrid flurrys under corks. For reservations call, 504-259-5304 or feel free to email CaptKerry@bellsouth.net WE ARE CURRENTLY BOOKING UP FOR THE 2017 BIG TROUT (most weekends are already taken) and HEAD RUNS…. DON’T PROCRASTINATE AND GET STUCK BOOKING WITH JUST “ANY” GUIDE SERVICE. Come see why we have such a repeat clientele and keep our groups coming back! Some people tell you about all the fish they catch…our pictures prove it. Look at our catches day in day out before you make your next decision! NO FISH NO PAY GUARANTEE!! Also be sure to check out our website @ www.CaptKerry.net Premier Overnight Accommodations, Multiple Boat Trips (NO Group is Too Big), Corporate, and Evening Trips are Available!!! ****WE ACCEPT VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AND AMERICAN EXPRESS**** OUGHT TO BE FISHING CHARTERS……it’s what you “OUGHTTA” be doing!!!!

Red Snapper Lords

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Lake P almost wet one

TEAM JO-JO………… Big PJ canceled out (something came up) texted Big John but he already had plans, which he latter cancelled due to predicted weather, he sent me info on predicted weather conditions, based prediction me no post for first mate.   SIGNS:   Adjusted side pole on trailer to keep Bay Flat Jr off trailer fenders Had a restless night of sleep, went to bed at 1:30 AM got up at 6 AM, Lake P on me mind plenty Got up check rodnreel.com, wind web site. Tide web site, radar web site, State wide stream flow table site to see high & lows of tides in various areas, it all indicated DON’T GO!!! But me think me saw a window of opportunity from 6:30 AM to 9:20 AM, couple that with our motto, “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” and me off on a solo trip to Lake P to see if the Silverwodners wanted to come out and play before all hell broke loose. Only stop needed to be made was for a small bag of ice, JUST IN CASE Made it to Tites at 6:32 AM Trailer worked perfect, except for one thing, (see picture) me did a quick fix when me return from fishing. Bu it kept the Bay Flat Jr off the fenders. At the start of honey hole, fishing at 6:40 AM, a trolling we go. Only saw 3 boats out and about, and they did no stay long   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Overcast day, (see picture) it was hard to see the horizon, sun came out for a second Cool temps, kept jump suite all morning for comfort, and in case it rained East wind 6-8 mph, shifted to S.S.E. 10-12 mph Looked like tide just started to fall, bit it was strong current, and we had that foam /trash looking water (see picture) all the way out past mile marker 174. Water level down 10” Water temp cool Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, did not look good. No many Loons out and about (4) Pelicans (see picture) where have a meeting to discuss their technique & strategy for the day, me think they waiting for Silverwodners to be in a feeding mode. TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Fish to 8 Am and come in, decided to troll me way in on north side of draw bridge, me seen a REAL GOOD SIGN, saw the black boat, (this be the Lake P KING of trolling) heading out, me know this is where me need to return too, so me head back out to mile marker 174, picked up 2 quickly, once again good / bad judgement came over me, me decided to head back n and beat the weather. Try trailer adjustment out, all is well Gather some intel for tomorrow trip Play catch and release today Get some wet fresh air Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching: Wind at your back: (Not a factor, later in the morning some waves where developing, me did not like some headed in, did not want to temp Mother Nature.) Moving water: (Caught the start of a falling tide, current was strong, it kept slamming me lure against the trestles, had a few hook ups on trestles) Water Clarity: (Not so bad this time, it got to looking real good late in the evening, me think the Lake P staring to clear up a little, good fishing to be had) Holding fish: (No find today, but right before mile marker 174, and out to FP 8 was the action spots). Patient: Needed some at first but action picked up pretty quickly, but not enough for me to challenge Mother Nature and the weather me could see coming.) Trolled morning back & forth on west side of trestles heading south No cast & retrieve No corks No live / dead bait   LURE DU JOUR:   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched with ¾ oz. head   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED: North draw to mile makers 17 and beyond too FB 9 OUR REWARD:   Live to fish another day (3) Real nice (NMR) Silverwodners, threw them back, Loveofthepack & me did not want any, and we had no first mate to take them. (4) hits set hook, loose fish reeling it, me think that power pro has no stretch, and me trying to horse them in, (me in a hurry), that coupled with current & the boat moving forward, me think pulled the hooks out of their mouth. Got 3 hits missed the sets (7) pilings current slamming lure up against them, but me just backed up and got each one, no popped lines Me was a little anxious and a little uncomfortable about the weather, but could not relax that much, first fish made it easier, but still had concerns, me just took the Bay Flat Jr at a slow past and worked our way in. Wonderful morning on Lake P, doing what me love doing most FISHING Did not get wet Have the rest of the day to relax and look forward to next trip Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Mother Nature she came through with flying colors, no rain, little wind, overcast, and even produce a few Silverwodners.   SUGGESTIONS:   Take a look see at picture notice how far we away from trestles> It takes me 30- 45 minutes to keep adjusting our presentation / technique when trolling, boat speed, distance from trestles, distance of line let out, angel of boat in relationship to trestles, all this in an effort to get as close to the trestles as we can, without hanging up every time. Like me said a number of time it is a game of Russian roulette, but it is game you will have to play if you want to catch. Think Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, and ¾ oz. round Jig, see GUS.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Hell hath no fury like a hooker with a boat.   Me think me will temp the weather again tomorrow, that be if Mike Lane willing to do the same, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack   P.S.   Take a look see at attach picture (re: trestles, the trestles that has steel filings, me been looking at them for years, but cannot come up with one idea of what they for, and why they there, any of you more educated fisherpersons know the answers???????????????????

Lion fish – our enemy!

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Look at this video to see how bad the lion fish  invasion is!

GREAT WEATHER AND GOOD FISHING

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of guiding Justin Peak and his girlfriend Danica from the Houston area. Justin was in New Orleans for job training and snuck in a fishing trip while he was in the area. The guys fish the Galveston Bay estuary back home and catch a lot of trout so redfish was the main target for the charter. We started out fishing the lakes east of Lafitte throwing black and chartreuse H&H cocahoes on 1/4 oz jgheads. We stayed on the main lake shorelines as the tide was pretty low early to fish the ponds. It was low but the clarity was good and baitfish was present. Justin struck first with a nice 24 inch red so we decided to cover some more water in that area picking up a fish here and there including some rats that kept things interesting. Danica got in on the act landing fish including a solid 20 inch keeper that will be enjoyed on the grill. We were catching some fish up to 27 inches and Justin thought it best to release some of the larger ones that were going to be breeders in another year or so. We did keep a couple more of the smaller keepers bringing the total of redfish in the box to a dozen. We hit a drain that had some tide moving in it for trout and the corks were going down quickly. It looked like we might catch a bunch but the action stopped at about 10 fish. That was the only place we tried for trout but it looks like catching some numbers is possible if you cover some water. All in all it was a great day on the water spent with some really nice folks and we definitely look forward to their return!! DON’T LET THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY FOOL YOU! THE WEATHER IS NICE AND IS PROJECTED TO STAY THAT WAY AND THE FISHING WILL BE GOOD AS A RESULT. WE HAVE TONS OF OPENINGS AND WOULD LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF ANY OF YOUR GUIDING NEEDS!   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

Lake P & We

TEAM JO-JO……………………….. Another not plan trip to Lake P, me running around buying thing for and in the Bay Flat Jr, contemplating trying to adjust runners on trailer. Around 10 AM me get a call from Big John, he happen to be at Dockside, and wanted to know if me need help working on the trailer, yes says me , meet you there at 1:30. Like clockwork we arrive at same time, launch the Bay flat Jr, park the trailer, me brake out tools, Big John breaks out his. In no time we adjusted runners, but me then notice not to the location me wanted. So we did it again, this time me think, we got it.   Time now 2:30 PM, wants to go fishing says me, have no poles says he, no problems says me, have all we need. We jump in the Bay Flat Jr and head out, trolling for only a minute and me get a call from Big Bob, giving me some intel on their trip in the morning. He and his crew caught 14, some 3 pounders in the mix, me thank him and says we out here right now doing out thing, me thank him and it was back to fishing.   SIGNS: Opportunity came up and me took it Me was a little up tight, don’t know why but me was a little frustrated when thing where not the way me wanted them to be, but after Big John caught the first one, me settled down little. Got a lot better as the evening went along Big John had to be back at the launch for 5:30, we made it for 5:00 to give Big John a little extra time to get home. One pull and the Yamaha Dream Machine was ready to go   CONDITIONS:   Perfect No wind, lake P like glass Sunny & clear Mild to warm temps, short sleeve shirt on. No jump suite required Only had a few boats out, trolling open from north to south shore without any boat effecting our troll Water level down 12-14” Water temp cool Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, still a little brown looking and sandy Tide looked to be slack, then it started to come in slowly Loons where all over the place   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:   Be safe Have fun Fix/ adjust runners on trailer Make a quick evening trip to see if the Silverwonders wanted to come out and play Verify existing conditions, confirm they still a few fish out and about Reward Big john & Oneofthepack for our hard work on trailer, not so hard was it. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching: Wind at your back: (No wind, could fish anywhere, any angel, perfect was it. Moving water: (Caught the end of a falling tide, and the begging of a rising tide, perfect timing, changing of the tides.) Water Clarity: (Not so bad this time, it got to looking real good late in the evening, me think the Lake P staring to clear up a little, good fishing to be had) Holding fish: (not going to happen today, caught 2 doubles ups (Big John & me at the same time) FB 7 -11 was the most active this evening). Patient: Needed some , but late in the evening things heated up pretty good, and kept us interested in the game of catching) Trolled morning back & forth on west & east side of trestles No cast & retrieve No corks No live / dead bait   LURE DU JOUR:   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched with ¾ oz. head   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS ON THE MAP FISHED: North draw to mile makers 175 OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (12) NMR Silverwonders (2) Popped lines (1) Lost a gold & silver Rattle Trap (1) Caught a Badge & hot pink Rattle trap, had about 30 yards of heavy power pro on it. Tried my lead line rig, don’t like it, don’t want it, just down like the feel of the rod, and the action, looking to swap or trade same, any of you fisherperson interested please call me 504-915-4896, lest make a deal. Nice sun set, caught Big Joh taking a picture of it Took picture of fish in me sink, me back to cleaning fish, Loveofthepack really enjoy the last batch, so she say bring some home for now on. Also took a picture of me kind of house boat, me call it a Tiny House Boat, me think it built for 2. Spending the evening on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, and me looking forward to next trip. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Me think Big Joh at a disadvantage, he using mw rigs, but me did give him the one me always use, but still a distraction. May be next time he come our way he keep poles in the car.   SUGGESTIONS:   Me suggest you be thinning Lake P, as long as the wind stay down, me think catching will be good. Look for the Loons, they mark the strike zone & hot spot along trestle in Lake P.   Don’t forget you’re Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, and your ¾ oz. jig heads, see Gus!   PONDER OF THE DAY:   I like intelligent women. When you go fishing, it shouldn’t be a staring contest.   Tomorrow Big PJ & Oneofthepack will be back at them along the trestles, trolling with our Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, rigged on a ¾ oz. jig head. WE both still looking for that REAL BIG GIRL, who knows it may be tomorrow. until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack   P.S.   Big Dwayne, you ready to make a troll trip, me owe you a rain check from last trip, please advise!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Reports

23Feb

Delacroix Bound with Mike Lane & Crew

TEAM JO-JO…………………….. Big Mike had called and was looking to make a trip, it took a couple of 3 weeks to get one plan, and on a day when we thought we would have good conditions to fish, and catch. So, Big Norm, Big Mike and Oneofthepack were out and about down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, looking to find a few Silverwodners that wanted to come out and play, and play we did.   SIGNS:  
  • Me got me first ever hearing aids Tuesday, now me know all what me been missing in the past, and me think me like the past.
  • Tried to fish canal behind house, no luck, water looked a little dirty, me threw the cast net caught minnows, shiners, shrimp, cat fish, and turtles, and me think when the water clears up me might be able to find some perches and bass.
  • Not to good a night sleep 3 hours, me psyched up to be fishing with Big Mike of rodenreel.com fame and to meet his friend Big Norm.
  • We all met up at Team Jo-Jo official meeting place, Waffle House in Chalmette for 5:00 AM sharp.
  • Had a good breakfast, load all our gear in Big Norm Jeep, and we off to the promise land in search of the elusive Silverwonders.
  • Passed on McDonnell
  • Passed on Last stop food store
  • Check point Abel, water down at junction
  • Check point Bravo, slight water movement at Reggio Canal
  • Gave Big Norm the sign to look out for bight orange / red triangle sign, and a bright green rectangular sing, that be where the By Flat Sr sleep / live, make a right turn park perpendicular to trailer, do not run into trailer, REPEAT do not run into trailer.
  • Bay Flat Sr looked somewhat perplexed to see us, loaded our gear in very quickly.
  • Yamaha Dream Machine fired up with one crank, she ready for a day of fishing
  • Motored over to Lionel (me stopped by and told Lionel hi) for some go juice, and ice, NO BAIT, me tell crew, today we fish like me like to fish.
  • Parking lot empty, not a good sign
  • As we motored to Bayou Gently, me shouted out the words / command, cut everything of you guys lines, everything, gave them some ¼ oz. round white jig heads w/gold hook for them to tie on their lines. Me said no swivels, snaps, etc., tie directly to your line. Gave them each a Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, and 3” H&H purple beetle to tie on to their lines. Very efficient crew they got all that done before me make the turn down Bayou Gently.
  • Now the hard part, no previous Intel, only thing me had was from a trip week plus ago, where to start, where to go, after running the actual (field) conditions through me head, we off to spot # 18 C to start our journey for the day.
  CONDITIONS:  
  • Perfect
  • W.N.W wind 8-10 mph steady all day
  • Sunny & clear
  • Cool, mild, warm temps, kept jump suite on all day, started to take it off when we got out of the wind, but was glad me did not cause running around it was still a little cool.
  • Water level down 13”
  • Water temp cool
  • Tide tail end of a falling tie, it never stopped falling and never did come in, when we left Noon it was still falling a very little
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 to a 3 plus, best looking water at Orange Bayou & Oak River
  • Only saw one other fishing boat all day, and only 2 commercial boats
  TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY:  
  • Be safe (almost)
  • Have fun (We did)
  • Expose Big Mike & Big Norm to the Oak River Troll, give them a crash class on same
  • Take them on our Milk Run tour through zone 1 & 2 of Team Jo-Jo’s fishing map / areas
  • If me every wanted to catch a few fish today was the day. Last time out with Big Mike (he in another boat) filming, (re: how to do the Oak River Toll) Oneofthepack & crew, his best shot of the trip was when he announced now we have the backofhtepack as me turned away from the camera, we did not catch much, and they had to leave due to the rain, but that even we nailed them. Me just wanted the crew today to have a good time, not a great time, but just a good time.
  • Share / experience Delacroix marsh with new and old friends
  • Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:
  1. Wind at your back: (Wind a little problem today, we fished a couple of spots with it at our back but them far and in-between. But for the most part the wind assisted us with the Oak River Troll (ORT) technique, tide and wind going in same direction perfect for (ORT).)
  2. Moving water: (Falling all day, had some real nice current lines to fish, current lines where all over Oak River cuts, just needed to find one holding fish.)
  3. Water Clarity: (Looked OK, a clarity of 3, surface (3”0 down) was clear, and clean, but after that you lost the lure in the dark brown looking water. Water was very fishable.)
  4. Holding fish: (WE found 3 plus spots holding fish, we even had 3 on at one time, and a couple with 2 on at the same time, Silverwonders seem to be out and about, stacked up, but you hit some and they turn off quickly.)
  5. Patients: ( Not needed today, 3rd cast nice little red, action was fairly steady today, and the action was evenly shared, all except for one, me don’t want to mention any names, but his initials are Mike Lake)
  • Oak River Troll (20)t
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve, slow retrieve along the bottom with little twitch every now and tend. Big Norm was just reeling in against the current when hit a little mother load of Silverwodners. (10)t
  • Corks, did not try
  LURE DU JOUR:  
  • Hands down 3” H&H purple beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook, caught all but 3 fish.
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop caught 3t, it too with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook.
  AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBESR ON THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 18C, D, E, (3)T, 61 C (6) T, 61B, 61A, 60, 20 (8)T, 21, 22, 23, 20 (9)T, 17 (4)T, 2A, stopped fishing at noon, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a long, bumpy ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:  
  • Lived to fish another day
  • (30) (NMR) Silverwodners (1) throw back
  • (3) (NMR) missed at boat
  • (1) Red throw back
  • (1) Puppy Drum
  • (1) Crab
  • (2) Oysters
  • (4) Popped lines bottom
  • (1) Stick
  • (1.5) Bushel of grass
  • (3 to 4) tangled lines (see picture) this how Big Mike & Big Norm spent the day, in-between catching Silverwodners.
  • We had another (re: aka Big Ronnie, aka Wildman, aka Dago) roller on board, Big Norm doing (ORT) (sitting (he not to stable in boat) on his ice chest) felt the tap, set the hook, reeled the Silverwonder in, lifted up to get it in the boat, lost balance, sat back down on ice chest, leaning back, ice chest rolled over, and he want down between the ice chest and the Bay Flat Sir gunnel. He main concern was he lost the Silverwonder, once he got pass that he felt the pain. But he got back up and got back to doing the (ORT) that is when he caught the biggest Silverwonder of the day 3 plus# was she.
  • Big Norm was in pain the rest of the day, we offered to go in, but he wanted to kept fishing cause we were in some (NMR’s) at the time. me hope all is well soon, as we parted we agreed to set up another trip down the road to fish Lake P he wants to see how / learn Team Jo-Jo’s technique for the Lake Troll with ¾ oz. jig heads and Matrix Shad Lemon Drops, me tell him it is all about the boat speed, distance of line out, and boat distance from trestles.
  • Me left hearing aids home, so did the other two, so all we did was yell at each other all day, and if we could not hear we would just smile and shake our heads. Big Mike says me could be asking you guys anything ($ %#^&*^%$##) and you guys would agree to that, but me head that one.
  • We talking about the clarity of the water, as we fishing and catching Big Mike says the water don’t look bad, says me when you catching fish water never looks bad, we both laugh and agree on that.
  • Big Mike and Big Norm ganged up on me. Me had to tell two fishing / trip stories to their each one to keep up. Me think me ran out of stories, because these guys go back a long, long, long way, and they have fished all over the country and in some case over the world. In shore / off shore, blue water, Florida flats, just about everywhere you can image. And when it came to horror stories me gave up, me only had 2-3, me think we made it to volume 3 of 50 with these to fisherpersons experience in this department. Me sure we all may have somewhat embellished a little, but they all were very interesting events / trips/ stories to be told and heard.
  • One of the highlights of the trip was a stop at Rocky & Carols on the way back, we each made a comments on the amount of food, and however we each did a pretty good job of disposing of all of it too.
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.
  FISHERESON OF THE DAY   It was a very competitive day, (that is in the effort of all) but sometimes it takes a little more than effort, and when it came to catching technique / presentation / experience and luck takes over, some of us where little more lucky than others. Me drew first blood (red) and jumped out to a 0-2-7 lead, (do we need to mention who had 0, may be just initials) Anyways Oneofthepack putting on a class on cast & retrieve, me think me got this one in the bag, no problem with this crew that me can see. And me managed to hold me on as the day went along.   As for Big Mike (initials) he was struggling with cast & retrieve and the Oak River Troll, it took him a good while to catch his first fish, and that he did unconsciously, (se picture for big one, and then bigger one) like me always say better to be lucky than good. Big Mike remind me of a golfer, he tried to apply some fuzzy math to the individual totals, last count he had, he had 18 in the boat, do the math, me don’t think it adds up. But in the stories / trips / events / horror stories he wins hand down, none of us came close.   Now we down to Big Norm, he definitely caught the biggest (see picture), me think he caught the most, me now he lost the most, and me definitely know Big Mike never came close to catching up to him, so me think , me know Big Norm fisherperson of the day.     SUGGESTION:   We had to fish for them, it was not a givme day, but the Silverwodners where challenging and are out and about that is why “YOU HAVE GOT TO GO TO KNOW”   PONDER OF THE DAY:   How do you tell when fishing nothing biting, if you don’t catch anything?   Me think me off the water tomorrow, Friday back on with Big Chris (first time fishing w/ Team Jo-Jo) can hardly wait to have to decide where to go, Delacroix or Lake P, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
22Feb

Capt. Gray Long

The Fishing out of Venice is on fire! We are putting our customers on huge Yellowfin Tuna as close as 20 miles out of the pass! Several options for tuna fishing.  The humps are holding some very big yellowfin as well as blackfin and giant AJs.  On calmer days we are also finding large numbers of yellows at the floaters and drillships offshore.  This time of year live bait is hard to come by some bring plenty of chum and remember those kings make great bait. The wahoo fishing is good at the shelf rigs and especially around the full and new moons.  I'm pulling Russell Lures, X-raps and Bombers. Rig fishing will continue to very good for AJs, grouper and some nice cobia. Plus the State Red Snapper season is open and there a plenty of big snapper in close.  Makes a great way to finish off the day after tuna fishing. Don't miss this incredible action.  Call today to book your trip! Go Long Charters LLC www.golongcharters.com golongcharters@gmail.com (225) 252-5315
22Feb

sweetwater marina

A little bad weather came through last night. After the bad weather came through, the weather got fabulous. So that can only mean one thing for tomorrow, the fishing should be great! Wind report: there is NONE! We have plenty of live shrimp and can't wait to see you here at Sweetwater, where we will do everything we can to help you get on the fish! Getting on them shouldn't be too hard, the weather will be in your favor, so let's see who the champs are out there. Come on down; we can't wait to see everyone pulling up with full ice chest and huge smiles! And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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!
22Feb

sweetwater marina

A little bad weather came through last night. After the bad weather came through, the weather got fabulous. So that can only mean one thing for tomorrow, the fishing should be great! Wind report: there is NONE! We have plenty of live shrimp and can't wait to see you here at Sweetwater, where we will do everything we can to help you get on the fish! Getting on them shouldn't be too hard, the weather will be in your favor, so let's see who the champs are out there. Come on down; we can't wait to see everyone pulling up with full ice chest and huge smiles! And don’t forget we are the second launch in Delacroix. We will help launch your boat, give as much advice on how to make your fishing trip the best it can possibly be, load you up with live bait and any tackle you desire, we provide our services for fish cleaning or you can use our fish cleaning tables for all the do-it-yourselfers, we can fuel you up with some of our non-ethanol gas and DO NOT FORGET to pick up a Sweetwater Shirt or Hoody. Our shirts and Hoody’s are $25 each, I would say that’s pretty cheap to represent the best marina around. We also have lodging and charters available (if you are interested, just give us a call at 504-342-2368). So head on over to Sweetwater Marina, and let the friendliest employees set you up on the right path for a spectacular fishing adventure! LODGING INFORMATION: Our one bedroom lodges sleep up to 6 guest; it includes a galley kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, griddle, bbq pit, dining area, living room area (with 2 full sized sofas’, one being a sofa sleeper), 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 lodging and charters or 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, Mr. Ronnie, Tony, and Jesse 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!
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