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Bayou Bandits Outfitters

Redfish, trout come get in on the action down here in Hopedale la. Giving winter deals on charters. Call for more information5049151884

rough start to season

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fished  for  wahoo   my  first  trip    this  year    very disappointed   seas  were   3 to 5   cold  windy   no  bites  no  fish   we  did  manage  to  get   a few  deep drop  fish   and   of  coarse  red snapper  that  were   released    we  lost   some   big  ajs  60 to  80 lbers   just  to  have    a   pull     got  winded  out   on  the  last  day  fishing  with  6 to  8 to  seas     going   back   in   a few  weeks   hope  to  do  better   the  tuna   should  show  on  the  lump   any day now    tj  cold tired wind blown  and  out

Safe Floor of Louisiana completes deck for Capt. Jody Donewar

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Safe Floor is excited to say we re-did the deck on Capt. Jody Donewar’s 24’ Ranger today. So why would a busy charter captain take the time to have the Safe Floor team come do this job for him? Easy! Adding Safe Floor provides him piece of mind that his charter will enjoy their experience on his boat with little to no concerns about slipping on his deck even when it’s wet or covered in fish slime. Additionally, Safe Floor will reduce the noise, heat and glare associated with fishing in south Louisiana. Important to Capt. Donewar also is that Safe Floor makes keeping his boat clean much easier and will really dressed up his boat and give it a fresh new look. If you’re interested in upgrading your new or used boat, consider giving us a call for a free Our service is 100% mobile, so we come to you to the job and best of all, Safe Floor is guaranteed for as long as you own your boat. Call http://John at 985-789-5598 #safefloor #marineflooring #boatdecks #rubberboatflooring #guaranteedboatdecks

Friday night trip/BIG DOG Bowfishing

Windy and high water was the conditions Friday night. We still managed to find fish and the guys from Jena La, had a great time. Still have a few opening in March. Give us a call to get in on the action. https://www.facebook.com/bigdogbowfishing/?tn-str=k*F     http://bigdogbowfishing.com/ BIG DOG Bowfishing Angie DeBlieux-Bryan  Booking Manager (985) 637-6074 or (818) 371-5407 cell bigdog@viscom.net Thanks and GOD Bless!  CAPTAIN DAN BRYAN, “BIG DOG” has 30 years experience as a licensed  Captain with the Coast Guard and licensed Fishing Guide with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Capt. Dan started out entering Bass Tournaments and selling his hand made fishing tackle in the LA, AR, TX and MS. In 2000, he then moved to Leeville, LA near Grand Isle and opened his own charter guide service, Dan Bryan Guide Service, LLC. and started his own day fishing business.  Capt. Dan would day fish and then night bowfish. In 2014, he started BIG DOG Bowfishing, a division of Dan Bryan Guide Service, LLC. Growing up in Northeast Louisiana (Downsville, LA) on a family owned catfish farm (Bryan’s Catfish Farm), fishing in tournaments, plus making and selling his own lures has given Capt. Dan plenty of experience and knowledge about fishing. Capt. Dan also owns B&B Boat Lifts, LLC. He sells, installs and services boat lifts for all Louisiana and the Central Coast of Mississippi. www.facebook.com/bbboatliftsllc. Book a trip with Big Dog Bow Fishing TODAY!

Bull Redfish bite Cocodrie LA

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The Redfish Charter Company Hi Folks just a quick report with a few photos from the Bull Redfish bite in the Chauvin Cocodrie area of South Louisiana. We’re catching them consistently with a falling or rising tide on cracked crab and market shrimp along the passes. When the wind cooperates we can sight fish them off the front deck of the Skiff and they’re pretty easy to spot in 2 foot of water. Bull Redfish look like a big bronze submarine when they annihilate the bait and it gets pretty exciting after that happens trust me. Check out the photos from this weekend and if would like to please look us up online to book your next fishing charter. Capt Damien Melancon The Redfish Charter Company https://redfishcharterco.com/

Weather not right/ Road Trip

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2-18-19 Team Jo-Jo Road trip south Big Andrew & Oneofthepack planed a road trip for today, just wanted to see others areas of our fishing opportunities, (both salt & fresh water fishes) and see how the other half fished & lived. We had no route plan, but we did have a final destination we wanted to accomplish and that be the end of Hwy 57 / Hwy 56 junction and the surrounding areas. Our round trip journey even out at 242 plus miles, started out at 8:30 AM made it home for 4:00 PM, the FORD transporter made the trip without and mishaps or interruptions of the various conversations that Big Andrew & Oneofthepack where discussing, of which 98%, (other 2% X-rated and on a need to know bases)  of the conversations was that of fishing, past 1960 years, 70’s years, 80’s, 90’s 2000’s, present days, and more important future days. We went over the evolution of Silverwonders size limit & quantity limits, from when there was no limit, than 50, than 25, we even discussed the possibility of lower the quantity limit, but me think we both agreed this not a good idea. As being told / wrote we know the average fisherperson only catches 7 fish, don’t think that ratio will hurt the stock. As for the Redworries, not sure how size & limit came about, for as me know it has been 16” with a limit of 1 over 27” and a total of 5 per person. Was the Redworries every 10 per Peron? Me did not fish reds that much in 1962, relay just started to focus on that species in the last 2-3 years. Our conversation moved on to areas we fished. Big Andrew was a Pointe a La Hache area fisherperson, with Oneofthepack being out and about the Delacroix area, our boundaries intertwine, and we both have seen the marsh slowly change & disappear over the years. Areas, cuts, canals, drop offs are gone and or have been filled in by the various storms. We talked about each of our hots spots that no longer resemble what they use to, and that they do not produce like they use too. It is getting so it’s like you starting all over again, and having to learn a whole new environment / new fish pattern, new underwater terrane, new hot spots to fish / catch your quest of the Silverwodners & Redworries. We got into a conversation of today’s world, and what is impacting the Silverwodners in both our areas, seems we both agree. The number one was/is the Caernarvon siphon, (my diary indicates 1993 it came into operation) this one of the major contributors to the pass / present water conditions (re: salinity) we also feel it has contributed to the loss of marsh by the constant flow of river water when siphon is open full bore, (Me fuzzy math @5,000 cu ft/sec equates to 54,000,000 gallons every 24 hours) and to the growth of Salvinia & Hyacinths in our areas. Next up we exchanged thoughts on Mardi Gras Pass, this Mother Nature made, (me think) and is dumping more river water into both our fishing areas, it has no control at all 24/7 365 days a year it saturates both areas with river water, don’t know if anyone can quantify the amount of river water being introduced through Mardi Gras Pass, but me guess would be 10 times or more of that of the Caernarvon Siphon One other contributor me think is the dam built in the MRGO by Hopedale (Bayou La Loutre) me think this somehow is effecting the flow / circulation of water in and out of Delacroix. When tide falling it goes out, when it comes in, same water comes back in, water components / composition does not change , basically same water in & out, just me thoughts on this. Anyways we had a lengthy conversation on all the above as we travel to our destination which took us through: Bayou Cane Houma Dulac Chauvin Hwy 57 4-6 miles of a two lane Hwy through the marsh, would love to know how they built that on top of the marsh. Made a stop at Cecil Lapeyrouse store (Est. 1914 junction Hay 57 & 56) this was the highlight of the trip, because this store had it all from antiques to food, fishing gear, & hardware items. In talking to the owner he indicated to us it was their off season, as we did not see much activity in the area. Also indicated they not doing much with Silverwodners either, but the Redworrier where around at this time of year. Continued our journey on to Montegut, made a stop at Big Al for some seafood, Big Andrew craving crayfish, (we called 2-3 restaurants) but none where to be found , me had oyster sandwich he a sausage sandwich, we both had the turtle soup, all was pretty good. On the way back me asked Big Andrew if he be in a hurry, no says he, let’s take a side trip, me had went fishing (50) yeasr ago, (we in a truck with flat boat in back just riding around looking for places to fish) in a place called Karemer Louisiana, me and me partner stopped in at a bar, but our reception was not what we expected so we high tailed it out of there, bar still their but vacated and run down, drove around the little  town and then headed back to Hwy 90 to complete our ride home. Our journey was great, scenery & conversations was of interest to both of us, we both agreed we may never make our way back down to the little towns we explored and passed through, but it was one more bucket list item we could check off, and we looking forward to our next road trip, Big Andrew gets to pick this one.   Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Bayou Bandits Outfitters

Trout trout trout. U want to catch trout give me a call. 5049151884. Book soon why they are still around. This was the last four days. https://bayoubanditsoutfitters.com/

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Another awesome day on the the water. 75 trout on high water lures black and chartreuse lures was the ticket. Dirty water high winds. Didn’t matter. Check out my website for more details. https://bayoubanditsoutfitters.com/ Better yet, see us in person! We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours. 4601 Hopedale Hwy Saint Bernard Louisiana 5049151884 Bayou Bandits Outfitters Better yet, see us in person! We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours. 4601 Hopedale Hwy Saint Bernard Louisiana 5049151884 Fishing Charters All fishing poles, bait and expenses Two person charter 500 Additional price per person 100 Duck Hunting Trips Hunting trips 150 The price is per person. Two man minimum. Frogging trips 300 Trips are for up to three people.   /5049151884   https://highwaterfishinglures.com/

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Lucy’s Nephew Justin looking for a trip, and we looking to rebound in our boat, so we set out today with little confidence, but plenty of will.  With the fairly clear conditions (as it initially appeared), we set out for the N/S pipeline, 3/4 of the way across Little Lake some of the thickest fog I’ve encountered was moving in.  Me and a few boats around us turned around and headed back to safer waters until the thick stuff burned off.  I got a bit disoriented on the way back in (thanks to the crew we met in Alligator Pass) that helped re-orient us.  Sat at the edge of Bayou Gentilly until it burned off around 9:30 or so, and caught a nice red and a few other small fish.  My emergency fog spots work better than my regular spots.  Fished our spots in Oak River and found a few fish here and there, nothing stacked.  Tied into a Oak River monster twice only to have it pull pole straight down and run away.  Wind was a beast closing in on noon, 20+.  Mercury crap machine acting up.  The wettest roughest ride I’ve had in my boat on the way back.  Tough day that accidentally turned into a good trip. What hit the boat: 4 Redfish (11 throwbacks) 1 Sheepshead 1 Drum 1 Sail Catfish 1 Stingray 3 Shells

Not so Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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TEAM JO-JO: Me was informed last night me had to vacate, (cleaning lady coming) our abode in the AM Saturday morning, me had many activities to choose from on how to spend me Saturday. Up at 3 AM, back to bed, up at 6 am, checked our RNR to see if they had any post nothing, saw a post on La Sportsman about fisherperson catching 40 Silverwodners in Four Horse area, now me awake for sure. Shower up, load the FORD transporter up and me off, but before me leave me text Big Capt Don, he already out fishing and has a few reds & bass in the box. Next up me text (Just leaving house 4 Delacroix solo call me if u like a challenge”) Big Don, took all of 30 seconds for him to respond “On My Way”. We met up at Waffle House in Chalmette, this when me find out me text interrupted a late Valentines encounter, but me first mate called a time out if you will and took off to meet me at Waffle House, now that be a fisherperson who likes fishing. SIGNS: Great trip with Big Ronnie Friday Good night sleep for a change Late start left the house around 7:27 No wildlife sightings long Hwy 11 or 90 Had a few boats on the Hwy and in the gas stations, Saturday guess weekend worries had to get out the house too. Had breakfast at Waffle House for Big Don to show up, he was about 15 minutes behind me. Passed om McDonnel & Last Stop food store, did not even stop for biscuit Check point Able water level down 12-14” Check Bravo tide falling in Reggio canal Home of the Bay Flat Sr had a little activity, we loaded up pretty quick Yamaha Dream Machine fired right up Made at stop at Lionel’s for some go juice and dead shrimp. Off to…..very slowly spot # 21 to start our day. CONDITIONS: Perfect Wind W.S.W 3-4, then S.E. 8-10 mph, perfect wind day for us Fog, Fog, Fog, lifted around 10:30 AM Cloudy with a little sun light than back to cloudy Mild temps, took jump suite off, but put it back oin for ride back in. Water Temp 66.1 F Water level down 10-12” Tide end of a falling tide, water started to come in around 1 PM Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 minus, not good Had 8-10 boats running around the area we fished Some staked up at Oak River & North / South pipeline One boat was collecting old crab traps, he had a boat load of them   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Try to have Big Don catch a fish, it has been awhile, he been out in his boat a number of times and not much happing Continue to learn how to fish with bait Learn the patients it takes to fish with dead bait Learn hot to catch in all that dirty water Practice technique to sue dead bait in various ways, & presentations Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:          WIND AT YOUR BACK: (We found a couple of spots to fish with wind at our backs, but could not fish THE SPOT we wanted in some areas, wind was a little challenge) MOVING WATER: (Falling than came in, perfect it be) WATER CALRITY: (Still the same, this be the one criteria me cannot conquer, it be what it be) HOLDING FISH: (# 25 (16)r PATIENTS: (Needed some, slow action day, but both of us never put our rod down for a minute, we just love to fish the challenge of making it happen) SKILL: (Decided to change it up and go to Lake John, but fog had me concern, so me asked Big Don to flip a coin, heads we go to Lake John, tails we go look for reds, reds it be. Based on Friday trip decided to think outside of the box, and try areas me have not fished for a long time, spot # 25 be one of them.) LUCK: (Making it through the fog safely) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………SHRIMP OM JIG HEAD. ON JIG HEAD WITH SHRIMP & LURE, CAROLINA RIG TOO. Live bait…………………NONE ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHING!!!!!!! 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING!!!!!!!! Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………DID NOT TRY Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # 2A, 21, 60A (5)R, MOVED ALL AROUDN  60A, 22, 23, 24, 25 (16)R, 21 (3)R, 2A, stopped fishing at 3:350 PM turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (24) Redworries, 20 Ratworriers (1) Sheepsheads (1) Fresh water cat (3) Crabs (2) Oyster Shells (2) Bottoms (2) popped lines (3) bushels of grass Fishing, fishing, fishing Big T-Doc and his crew (Delacroix) (2) NMR Silverwonders (this be a very good sign) (60) Redworries (1) Drum (1) Sheepsheads Big Capt Don and his crew (off ICW): (9) Redworries (20) Bass Spending the day on the water with Big Don, he be the man to give it up for a fishing trip. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Big Pablo, he caught 2 and missed an 18” NMR Silverwonder, that be the best news me hear in long time, a Silverwodners caught in one of our spot numbers. SUGGESTIONS: For the last few trips the combination for the Redworries has been areas with a good oyster bottom and in water 3- 3 ½ feet, we fishing bottom no corks, tight line. PONDER OF THE DAY: Being catch less is merely anger without enthusiasm. Q&A: Why is it called tourist season if we can’t catch them? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: May be Lake P in the AM Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Delacroix NOT so Red Event

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TEAM JO-JO: Once again opportunity presented itself, fresh with Wednesday trip in me memory banks, me had just the right first mate for Friday, (me posted me might need one, got 2-3 calls to fill the billet) but Big Ronnie was up first) and me know Big Ronnie, he has the skills, luck, and perseverance (Perseverance, secret of all Trump) make it happen. So, so it be, Big Ron and Oneofthepack running around all Disney World known as Delacroix Island in search of (1) ONE Silverwonder, and as many Redworries we can / could catch. SIGNS: Had a great dinner , (with our Familyofthepack) Thursday night at Sal & Judy’s, Loveoftheapck and Oneofthepack celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary & our 53rd year of being a couple, seems like it was only 53 years ago. Tough time sleeping, alarm set for 4 AM, toss & turn up at 3 AM, potty break, laid back down and went into a very deep sleep, next thing it 4:30 AM Loveoftheapck yelling at me get up your alarm has been going off for 30 minutes, did you not hear it, me did not even hear her wake me up, not for shoving me, me still would be asleep. This not be a good sign Now late me hurry up and load up the FORD transporter for our 5:30 AM meet up at Waffle House in Chalmette, go almost to I-10 entrance and me realized me forgot the dead shrimp, (even though me left a note for me on the table) now have to turn around, (me never like having to turn around, BAD LUCK) and go back and get bait, this very, very not a good sign. No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90, another not good sign Saw one boat on Hwy, and one in gas station, not good sign Passed on McDonnel, Last Stop food store, and big A_ _ egg, sausage, biscuit, not a good sign this be either. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late for a very important date with Mr. Red & his family was me cry for the morning. Check point Able, water level down 8-10” Check pint Bravo, not much water moving in Reggio canal, not good. No traffic on road to Delacroix, not good sign Make it to the home of the Bay Flat Sr, give Big Ronnie sort safety briefing As a well-oiled team we had the Bay Flat Sr loaded up very quickly, we late Yamaha Dream Machine took 2 turns of the key to fire up, not a good sign. Off to spot # 21 to start our day, passed on Lionel’s Big Ron had all we needed on board the Bay Flat Sr. CONDITIONS: Perfect S.E. wind 18-22 MPH, she be blowing real good and steady, hard to find a good spot to fish Choppy water with some white caps Cloudy heavy overcast day Cool temps, in the wind it was cold temps, but me jumpsuit stayed on all day, just like me like it Water temp 58.2 F Water level down 8-10” Tide fell all day, don’t know if it was a true tide or the wind that had it moving, it was hard to keep our jig heads on the bottom, and from moving so fast along the bottom. Tide & wind going in opposite directions, not good makes for dirty water Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 minus, not good Saw to boats out fishing Saw 2 boats collecting old crab traps Today’s conditions was the opposite of Wednesday S.E wind vs. north, overcast vs. sunny & clear, tide fell all day vs, tail end of a falling tide with a quick turnaround coming in, muddy looking water vs, dark water clear 2-3” down, tide & wind opposite direction vs. going the same way, and even more important and more to the point fish not biting vs. them on a feeding frenzy.   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Confirm Silverwonders still MIA See if the Redworries still in their honey holes Get Big Ronnie out of the house, back on the water, and spend some quality time reminiscing about old times, and to see him back in action with the fishes. Learn how to fish with bait & be patient, definitely not like fishing with lures, action, action it be. Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:          WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Fishing with bait, wind not to much of a factory, but all the places we fished Wednesday was good for a north sine, but spots not so good for a south wind, we fished the same spots, but had to fish opposite shorelines so wind would be at our back, we be not in THE correct SPOT!!!!) MOVING WATER: (Falling when we got there, falling when we left, wind picked up current picked up, had plenty moving water today, this criteria not a problem.) WATER CALRITY: (This be our challenge, water not looking good at all, not just sandy, but mud looking, like something was churning it up.) HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 21 & 60A had 6 anyway) PATIENTS: (Needed a lot, me patients was thin, along with me temper, when things not going right, (we had had plenty, staring with bait go back, tangled line, boat positon hard to hold set-up even with 2 anchors, grass, grass, on ever cast, me think Wednesday was the best of the best and today was the worst of the worst, but Wednesday would have been a hard act to follow anytime.) SKILL: (Me could not make it happen, had all the skill on board, all combine 141 years of it) LUCK: ( Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………ALL 100% FSIH CAUGHT WITH DEAD BAIT, JIG HEAD WITH SHRIMP, JIG HEAD WIHT BETTEL & SHRIMP, AND CAROLINA RIG. Live bait…………………NONE ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHING!!!!!!! 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING!!!!!!!! Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………DID NOT TRY Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # 20, 21 1R, 62A 1R, 60, 21 2R, 62A (2)R, stopped fishing at noon called it a day, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a bumpy ride back to the slip. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (6) Redworries, (2) Ratworriers (2) Big A _ _ oyster clusters (2) Bottoms 2 popped lines (3) Bushels of grass (4) Tangled lines Enjoyed Big Mel’s (Big Ron best half) sandwiches, snacks, & drinks. Big Mel still has the knack for proving the fixings of a great trip. LW&F buzzed by us in Oak River, their boats must have been on the north side of 45 mph heading east, did not stop and check us, me was surprised as we were the only ones out and boat in that area. Finally got to talk to a fisherperson who caught Silverwodners in Little Lake last week, on lures fishing with a cork, creole shrimp lure, mention the H&H shad rig small clear minnows did the best, so their still may be some hope for a few Silverwodners this winter in our future. Pelicans once again put a show on for us, they be feeding , but fishes not Spending the morning on the water with me longtime friend & fishing partner, who be the best fisherperson me know Big Ronnie. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Big Ronnie had 3, Oneofthepack had 3, tie it be, not bad for Big Ronnie, he be off the water for a month or so, he just feel right back to his knowledge & skill of catching. SUGGESTIONS: One day always be different from another, which be why “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” PONDER OF THE DAY: Me can totally keep secrets spots, it’s the people me tell them to that can’t. Q & A: If you didn’t get caught, did you really do it? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Off in the AM, have to vacate abode till evening time, not sure where me going but me be going. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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With no better offers and confidence level of fishing Delacroix between 0 and -1, what could go wrong?  Absolutely nothing.  With the wind picking up thru the day and Pack out fishing the same 7 spots we would fish before us, we headed to Lake John/4 Horse.  Water down a bit, too low to fish our red hole, but we tried it anyway out of desperation, lucky to not get stuck.  The one bite I did get caught me off guard as I forgot what that felt like, and that was it for the day.  With nothing to keep us going we were back to the house at noon for the second trip in a row.    DOD is on a lean run, hope something gives, anything.  Geesh.  

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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REDS STILL BITING IN LAFITTE… I had the pleasure of guiding Chris Reed and his dad on a recent trip. The guys are from the Jackson, Tn area and were wanting to try some fishing for redfish. They actually fished for 2 days and had a good trip boating a limit of reds and a limit of drum on day 1 and a limit of reds and several drum on day 2. Fresh shrimp under popping corks was the ticket for the hard fighters. Many thanks again to Chris and his dad for 2 great days on the water spent with good people and for supporting our service. We look forward to their return! WE HAVE TONS OF OPENINGS RIGHT NOW AND ARE HAPPY TO TAKE CARE OF ANY OF YOUR GUIDING AND LODGING NEEDS. GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS!   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER    

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NICE DAY ON THE WATER Today I had the pleasure of guiding Mr Larry Federico and his son Skip. The guys were referred to us by our good friend and customer Judge Jacob Karno. The tide was low as we departed from Nick’s Marina so we knew the reds would be out of the shallow ponds and in a little deeper water. We found them on the wind blown shoreline of a lake east of Lafitte in the Myrtle Grove area near the entrance to a series of duck ponds. Kind of a typical situation for a low tide scenario. The guys put a nice limit of reds in the boat using fresh shrimp under popping corks. All on board caught fish and had a large time. Thanks again to Mr Larry and Skip for booking with us and for an enjoyable day on the water. We look forward to their return! THE WEATHER IS  NICE FOR FEBRUARY THIS YEAR AND THE FISHING REMAINS STEADY. THE WATERS AREN’T CROWDED AND WE HAVE LOTS OF OPENINGS SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND PASS A GOOD TIME!   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    

Delacroix Red event

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TEAM JO-JO: Nothing plan, just waiting for the opportunity to prevail itself, and had to confirm no meetings Wednesday, when 8:30 PM rolled last night took a chance me clear for a trip, texted Big PJ 5 AM. Went to bed around 9:10 PM still no response from Big PJ, not sure what to do, so set the alarm for 4:30 AM, but woke up at 3 AM, check me phone, Big PJ text he will be ready and waiting in the AM, now me know we have a go. SIGNS: Monday made a lunch date with Big Ron, (owed him one) called Big Andrew he in, we meet up at Southside for noon, Big Steve also joined us for nice relaxing lunch, of course fishing was the topic of discussion. Me was glad me is from Missouri, some of the tales told, me think, me needed them to show me! Tuesday met up with brother # 5 and Big Peggy his better half, they in town for a short visit, pick up king cakes, and ice chest of shrimp to bring back with them to Tennessee. Day was kind of a wasted fishing trip, could have went in the evening, but did not have the heart to go. Up early 3AM for a 5 AM meet up with Big PJ Loaded up the FORD transporter and got ready for that real long 1 minute ride to Big PJ abode No wildlife sightings along Hay 11 or 90. Only thing wild we saw was the cars / trucks on Hwy 11 passing us up, me doing 60 and they still passing me up, did 60 to see if they would keep passing me up, found out quick me not a leader. No boats on Hwy, gas stations, launches, none, this be not a good sign Passed on Waffle House, McDonnel, and Last Stop food store, but had to stop and get one of those big a _ _ biscuit, egg, & sausage biscuits. Check pint Abel, water level in canal at junction 12-14” down Check point Bravo not much tide in Reggio canal Once again Delacroix & Delacroix Hwy looked deserted, only had one truck pass me up Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she high in the slings, looking down at me with a smile, she be ready. Quick transfer of gear truck to boat Turn the key, Yamaha Dream Machine fired up, but did so very quietly, had to check P hole to see if she running. Off to Lionel’s for some dead shrimp, 2#’s of fresh dead shrimp is all we need, Big PJ had 2 pounds from 1990 that he brought, we did catch fish with fresh and the 1990 shrimp. Out we got to start our day at spot # 21, not good for a north wind, we would have to fish a cross wind, but we with bait and not lures wind little impact on us. CONDITIONS: Perfect N.E wind 18-20 mph, steady she blew all day Sunny & clear Cool temps, kept me jumpsuit on all day Water level down 12-14” Water temp 53.1 F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 plus, water dark just like me like it, but you lost the lure down 1-2” below surface, especially the H&H purple beetle. Tail end of a falling tide, tide came I quickly, y the time (12:42) we stopped it was roaring in with a real good current & pace. Did not see one pleasure boat, only saw (1) commercial boat, days like this me really appreciate the fact that me have SeaTwo in me phone, one call and that’s all.   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Try to find the (STILL) elusive Silverwonders Put some fish in Big PJ freezer Try some spot numbers that ware good for a north wind, me know they hold Silverwodners, wanted to find out if they hold Redworries too. It seems all me Silverwonder hot spots, are now Redworries hot spots. Keep trying to re-educate meself on fishing with bait, both live & dead Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:          WIND AT YOUR BACK: (First stop was a cross wind had a 1-2 foot bow in line, fishing with bait not lures, so wind criteria not that important when with bait & not lures. Second spot was / is a dream spot for a north wind, perfect it was / it be) MOVING WATER: (Perfect, tail end of a falling tide, very little slack tide, star of a rising tide, don’t get any better than that, this criteria not a concern for today.) WATER CALRITY: (As usual, as it has been for many months, this was our challenge for the day. The water had that black look to it, which me love, and is clear on the surface 2-3” down, but you lose sight of the lure quickly. But me are very much encouraged with the darkness of the water, Silverwodners will show up late March / early April.) HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 21 & 60A only 2 spots we fished. Did make a short stop at 2A to pick up 4 more Redworries so that we would have (40) for the day.) PATIENTS: (None needed, me decided to make one Oak River Troll pass from spot #20 to Spot # 22, during that pass (did not take long) picked up a Ratworrier, this be a very good sign, action all day, left them biting at spot # 2A.) SKILL: (Experience / knowledge of past trips and the areas we fishing) LUCK: (Caught the best tide we could have ever caught, did it without even knowing what it was going to be) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL (WITH DEAD SHRMP) FSIH CUAGHT THIS WAY Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(1) r Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………99% CAUGHT WITH DEAD BAIT Live bait…………………NONE ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….(1) R 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………(1)R Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………DID NOT TRY Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # 21 (22) R, 60A (14) R, 2A (4) R, stopped fishing at 12:38 PM turned the Bat Flat Sr north for a slowly and bumpy ride back to the slip OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (40) Redworries (1) BIG A _ _ catfish (1) Popped line Big Red (1) Hook came untied, lost BIG Red (4) Bottoms, 4 popped lines No food, drink, snacks, water all we did was fish, fish, fish Pelicans put on another beautiful aerial show, they were all over Skippy Bay, and the bay east of N/S pipeline, must have been 25-30 of them Big White Pelicans where on the move too, Big Nicky told me they don’t dive, they work as a team. They circle the bait and keep moving in closer, closer closer to all the bait is corralled in front of them. We saw one big circle of them in Skippy Bay on the north / west side of N/S pipeline. Spending the day on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, that be Big PJ, we both be learning and teaching each other the skills of fishing & catching. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: As noted me caught the first fish, the biggest fish, many of the Ratworriers, and managed to catch me box worthy fish too, but this be not enough for the fisherperson of the day honors today. Big PJ caught the second fish of the day, second biggest fish of the day, more Ratworriers, we even upon the box worth Redworries, but his Big A_ _ catfish came into play at the last minute. Me have to concede Big PJ fisherperson of the day, today that is h=there is all ways the rest of his life for me to & he to challenge for the honors. SUGGESTIONS: We had a situation / experience today, (of which me had many times fishing Silverwodners) first spot produce some BIG Redworries, many Ratworriers, some box worthy Redworries, and some close to box worthy Redworries, in our quest to catch our limit, the close to ones where kept, (guess we had low expectations for the day) we now found ourselves of needing 1 or 2 more to fulfil our quest for the day. We make a move, and now we in nothing but very, very, very box worthy Redworries, but after 2 we had to catch & release all others, rule on the Bay Flat Sr “No Culling of fish” not very popular with crew sometimes, and be it noted it is a law. So me guess me moral of the story is sometimes a “Fish in the box, is not worth 2 in the water” or something like that. PONDER OF THE DAY: Time means a lot to me because, you see, me, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love fishing, don’t waste time, for time is what fishing is made up of. Q&A: What is the difference between fishing and existing? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Maybe Friday trip, may need an experience first mate to operate voice activate trim tab & power pole!! Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Safe Floor completes deck on new boat

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Here’s a great example of a Safe Floor job on an almost new boat. The owner was just looking to cover the main floor of his deck, that gave him the most trouble keeping clean. Good news is that even if decides to cover the rest of the boat in the future, we can can easily do that. If you’re interested in a slip resistant option for your deck or just want make your boat easier to clean and dress it up some, give Safe Floor of Louisiana a call. Estimates are free. We guaranteed Safe Floor for as long as you own your boat. 985-789-5598. For more information go do safefloorla.com #slipresistantboatdeck #rubberboatsurface #safemarinedeck #boatdeckguaranteed

GOOD HUNTING SEASON!

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Another Hunting season has come and gone. Finished with 3 Bucks, 3 Does & 3 Hogs Time to get back on the water!  

Delacroix journey

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TEAM JO-JO: No plans to fish today, Big Don & Big Lucy had plans to go to Lake Amedee (re: Charlie Thompson post) they wanted ,me to go with them, but me was not feeling like that plan would fit me needs, so decline. Did email them some more spots that others had sent me re: fishing Lake Amedee for them to try. So it be another solo trip, which me like all me have to be concerned about is me, myself, and I, especially when the action / catching is so slow. SIGNS: Loveofthepack had to wake me up for me trip today, me no hear alarm. She up at 4 AM to get ready for the Mardi gras marathon, she be dong the half, after the race she will be high tailing it to the airport for a flight to Vegas. Loveoftheapck don’t let any grass grow under her feet, her and Daughterofthepack or making a business trip to Vegas, so me be bachelor till Wednesday. Big Andrew, Big Tony, Big Dominick, and Oneofthepack went to lunch Friday, (Big Andrew treated, me may not make the will, but me be helping spending the inherits) than on to the boat show, after making once past, we all ready to go. Off to Morning Call for coffee & donuts. It was a pleasure to hang with Big Andrew and his sons for a day, told Big Andrew this is a moment, you cannot plan these happenings they just happen and come together to create memories in our lives, and it was that type of day. Early to bed, sleep like a new born baby No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Not many boats on the Hwy, gas stations, and/or boat launches, Lionel had 5, Sweetwater looked like 7-8, nit a good sign No McDonnell, no Waffle House, no last Stop food store, me on a mission. Did make a stop for a bucket of ice, and a big A_ _ biscuit, this be a quick stop Check point Able, water level down 4-6” in canal adjacent to Delacroix Hwy. Check point Bravo, Reggio canal, water not moving in canal, not good sign. Delacroix Hwy looked deserter, no activity at all, all the trailer parks looked deserted Big Don, & Big Lucy boat “Lucy” still hanging in the slip when me pasted by Big Earl Boat hanging in the slip too, guess they get a late start. Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, (brought extra battery this time, no need it) loaded her up in no time Lowered her into the water urn the key, Yamaha Dream Machine fried right up, purring like a little kitten she be. Off to Lionel’s for some go juice & dead shrimp CONDITIONS: Perfect N.E. wind 20 22 mph, strong & steady all day Choppy water, with white caps Overcast, some sun, but mostly over cast cloudy day Mild temps, kept me jumpsuit on all day, comfy me be Water level down 4-6” Water Temp 57.9F Tide falling all morning, with the east wind it started to come in around 1:45 pm Tide going one way, current gong the other way Water clarity on a scale of 1to 7 was a 2 plus, not good, not good, not good, lost sight of the lure 4 “ down Current lines hard to find, water so choppy and churning up the bottom, not good.   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Find the elusive Silverwonder. Looking for just ONE Me read / heard all the reports about Silverwodners in Little Lake & Lake John, but me was not able to confirm this action, and eh Silverwonders are still very much elusive, that is to me, may be others are better skilled at catching them. Needed some alone time to clear me head, and have a fresh start of the upcoming week. Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:          WIND AT YOUR BACK: (This criteria was a tough one to accomplish, as the wind was so strong it was blowing around corners, and high ground) MOVING WATER: (Falling early, than east wind took over and pushed the water in, but me had moving water all day, just like me like it.) WATER CALRITY: (When me got to Little lake, me would not even look at the water, did not want actual condition to impact me confidence level on catching today, don’t think me ever looked at the water all day, just fished it, whatever condition it was in, “JUST DO IT” was me motto for the day) HOLDING FISH: (Spot 2A was it for the Redworries (21) fell prey to the H&H purple beetle) PATIENTS:  (Not needed, action on most of the day, during a slow period the Pelicans put on an aerial show for me to help past the time away. Then me got tired so me laid down for a nap. The waves beating up on the Bay Flat Sr, and the humming of the winds as it passed through the fishing liens had a rhythm, but once me rhythm locked into that rhythm, it was go night for me. About an hour later phone went off, Loveofthepack let me know they ok, me could not go back to sleep went back to catching.) SKILL: (Figuring out how the Redworries wanted it. They did not like dead shrimp on a jig, and/or on a Carolina rig. They did like the H&H purple beetle, caught a bunch on just that, but when that slowed down had to improvise, so it be H&H purple beetle, H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook, and a dead shrimp strung on that, they really liked that combination.) LUCK: (Having the next (3) days to go fishing for as long and as many times as me like, Loveofthepack no rule these days while she be away.   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………(11) REDWORRIER CUAGHT THIS WAY Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………(17) CAUGHT WITH THIS Live bait…………………NONE ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….(11) R 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING!!!!!!!! Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………NO TRY Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # Little Lake at N/S (2) r, 14, 5, 7, 25, 21 (5) r, 20, 17, 2A (21) r, stopped fishing at 2:21 PM, turned north for that lovely bumpy ride across Little Lake back to the slip. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (28) Redworries, 26 Ratworriers (1) Popped line Big Redworrier (1/2) bushel of grass (1) hour of a sound sleep till phone ring Pelican show Lots of cool fresh air One on one time with me & meself, had a very fulling conversation Meet Big Nick at slip, great conversation about the water quality down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, impact on same, and how much longer we have before we have no crabs, shrimp, fish and/or oysters. (1) bag of potato chips Thea Big Don & Big Lucy left on board our last trip Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: The one an only one on the Bay Flat Sr SUGGESTIONS: If you need help finding eh Silverwodners, call me and me can tell you where they are not. PONDER OF THE DAY: In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the fishing years in your life. O & A: Is it appropriate to say “good fishing in the morning” at the office? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Just like “The mice will play while the cat is away” Oneofthepack will fish was the feline is away. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Looking to fish some cleaner water and maybe catch a trout, me/Lucy headed thru bayou Juanita to Lake Amedee, first time fishing the area on our own.  We pretty much struck out on both, only clean water I could find was in Cochon Bay.   Plenty of good shell bottoms to fish, felt like I caught at least 10, the end of the line told a different story.  Not one legit bite.  With nothing to keep us going and wind/waves picking up, we made it home by noon.  These skunkeroos are adding up a bit, tough fishing.

Bow fishing trip Friday night

Great night with our bachelor party from Mandeville La.

Free Fishing Seminar! Food Provided!

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This is going to be an awesome event. And, oh my, lookie lookie who’s on the agenda to speak <blush>Don Maille Wanda Stewart  

Looking for a fun day of fishing?

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If anyone is looking for a fun day of fishing and to put some fish in your freezer Captain Casey Lombard with Precision Fishing Charters LLC is the 🔌.. 🔥🔥🔥🎣🎣🎣🐟🐟🐟🔥🔥🔥 #CajunOutcast #HighWaterLures#FilletzallBlades   182 Autin Street Des Allemands, Louisiana Get Directions m.me/precisionfishingcharters Call (985) 714-3987

TomL – Fishing Report – 5 Feb 2019

See report.

Delacroix Re-match

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TEAM JO-JO: After reading report on RNR about Silverwodners in Little Lake, (Delacroix) for the second time, me just had to make a trip and see what up with that. Low expectations so me did a solo trip to search for the elusive Silverwonders. SIGNS: Slow day Sunday Patriots won, me like Brady & that team Charged up Bay Flat Sr battery, ready to go in the AM RNR post hard to resists Out the house by 6:10 AM Passed on Waffle House, McDonnel, and Last Stop food store, did make a stop for a BIG biscuit and a bucket of ice at gas station in Violet, they nice people Check point Abel water level normal at junction canal Check point Bravo, water not moving at Reggio canal, not good Me a quick leaner, installed battery fist to make sure all OK before me load all the gear into the Bay Flat Sr. Delacroix looking deserted Lionel’s no boats launched, Sweetwater (5) boats, Gulf Outlet (1) boat, Bayou Bienvenue (7) boats, and look to be a slow day for fishing. CONDITIONS: Perfect S.E wind, then S.S.E, then S.E. wind Cool temps, jumpsuit on all day Fog, me fogged in all morning, gained a lot more confidence in me GPS Foggy, over cast, cloudy morning, all morning, never did see the sun Water level normal Water Temp 59.6F Tide falling, falling hard into Little Lake from Gran Lake Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus in some areas mouth of Alligator Pass and Little Lake was a 2 minus. Grand Lake & mouth of alligator pass a 3, water looking good in that area. Not many boats out you could hear a few running around but you could not see them. A lot of those plants floating on top of the water all the way out to Grand Lake & Little Lake   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Take the Little Lake challenge, see if me cold find some Silverwonders to play with Install charged battery on Bay Flat Sr to fire up Yamaha Dream Machine Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:          WIND AT YOUR BACK: (No problem, plus wind not that strong, only problem wind and tide going in different directions) MOVING WATER: (Falling all morning, it was even strong current in Little Lake) WATER CALRITY: (Me have to admit water looked a lot better in Alligator Pass, and Grand Lake too, had a good 3 minute to a 3 on the scale of 1-7, very fishable) HOLDING FISH: (They out their somewhere, but me could not find them) PATIENTS: ( None needed, the beauty / nature of Delacroix is all me need to keep me interested, plus me had the Pelicans to chat with.) SKILL: (Me skill no work, me would like to know what, (live bait, lure, if so what lure, cork or bottom????) they caught the Silverwodners on & where they located in Little Lake. Little Lake not that big, but when you looking for the SPOT, it is a very big lake and a challenge to find the Silverwodners.) LUCK: (Having me (2) GPS with me today , as they both where very much needed on the way out & on the way in, without them me would still be out there fighting the FOG.)) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………NOTHING!!!!!!!! Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………NOTHING!!!!! Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!! Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..NOTHING!!!!!!!!! Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………NONE Live bait…………………NONE ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHING!!!!!!! 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING!!!!!!!! Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/ Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Fog kind of limited me ability to run all around Little Lake to find THE SPOT where the Silverwonders hiding, so me hung around in Alligator Pass, mouth of Grand Lake & pass, mouth of Little Lake and Alligator pass. But me fished shallow, deep, up & down drop offs, did the Oak River Troll, popped corks to my arm hurt, back & forth from Grand Lake to Little Lake, and did this for 3 plus hours. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (0) Redworries No bottoms No tangled line No extra poles (1/4) bushel of grass Nothing, nada, skunked me be Spending me morning on the water with all that cool fresh, misting air blasting into me lungs, which be priceless. Fishing out of me comfort zone, i.e. fishing with corks, this not be me favorite technique / presentation, but me have to learn. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Not be me, myself, or I, even the Pelicans struggled to catch. SUGGESTIONS: Me still have no clue as to how and/or where to catch the elusive Silverwodners. Did get a text while sitting in the fog casting, popping corks, me got a text from a fellow fisherperson from Mississippi, he was answering me comment on RNR regarding Silverwonders or lack of Silverwodners. He asked that me call him to discuss this, so me did. His thought process, (Mardi Gras Pass) of what is happening concurs with just about every other fisherperson we talked to. I added that me think the dam in the MRGO at Hopedale is another, super imposed by the powers to be, that is impacting the water ability through the marsh to circulate in and out. What we have me thinks, is the fresh water quality goes out on a falling tide, than when the tide comes in, we get the same fresh water quality back in, no purge / filtrations of the water in the marsh. We ended the conversation with him thinking of selling his camper, property, boat, and moving out of Delacroix, told him fi conditions / action continues, you will probably see lots of boats & camps for sale. We both agree there is no other place like Delacroix for fishing, and we at a stage in our lives that we don’t want to have to learn another area to fish. PONDER OF THE DAY: Fishing is too important to be taken seriously O & A: What is the one most important goal every fisherperson should have? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: ?????????????????????? Lake P trolling the trestles Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Hunting Moby Redfish in Fog

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I have to confess i’m still pumped after this weekend in Cocodrie. That fog gets intense, hinders your vision and lasts all day during February. The fog can be a real pain in the you know where. I also love fishing in that fog as much as i hate it. It all came together with a great crew and what most would call tough conditions. When you see fog along the coast of Louisiana don’t leave without rain gear folks. It would be a long wet day for sure, sucks blah blah blah, but hey we catch fish in the fog. I guarantee as Justin Wilson would say. Along with the rain gear a good GPS with track to the fishing spot is mandatory and don’t forget the dry wipes for glasses. Leaving at daybreak maybe not the best idea without a really good GPS or at all on heavy fog. Once you get to the x marks the spot folks just shut down the engine and listen. Wow bull redfish smashing bait along the pipeline canal in this case or pelicans crashing in the water. Head to that with the trolling motor and start fishing right now. I like jigs or corks this year tipped with shrimp or crab. Listen it doesn’t matter so much the bait as it’s all about location location location right now. Throw what you like for the conditions topwater being a favorite in foggy weather. Bull Redfish love lots of action on the water. Check out our photos from this weekend and look us up online for your next fishing adventure. Capt Damien Melancon The Redfish Charter Company

Delacroix Way

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TEAM JO-JO: Me took me time Saturday before trying to plan a trip Sunday, as Loveoftheapck had some planes for us, but a movie , (Upside the name, recommend it, it be a good one) it be, once this done knew me had a shot of going fishing Sunday. Texted open Bay Flat Sr to Big Don, I’m in was his reply, 6 AM Waffle House, me replay, few minutes later, reply he, can Lucy go, of course text me we all set. SIGNS: Great movie we saw Early to bed, early to rise 4:45 AM Had to gather all me gar as it be all messed up from last trip, took a while to load up the FORD transporter No wild life sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Not many boats on Hwy, gas stations, and/or boar launches, not a good sign. Me early for meet up, So got me some grits & coffee while me waited for crew Crew on time, (me like that) loaded up the FORD transporter and we on our way. Me sensed a little confusing with crew, after talking about it, seems they thought we going to Bayou Bienvenue, and not Delacroix. Me said me texted Bay Fla Sr, no problem say them they just want to be on the water anywhere. Me asked if they saw the post on RNR about (50) & (17) Silverwodners being caught in little lake, we all where very excited about this post. Me plan was to run to Lake John to start our day, but me now having second thoughts about running to Little Lake, crew said it is up to the Capt. Check point Abel, water level up good sign Check point Bravo, water pouring out at Reggio canal good sign Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, gave safety speech, loaded all the gear into her, and lowered her down, turn the key, HUSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have a problem, dead battery. Plan B take battery out of truck, Big Don says let’s take my battery out of boat, good ides says me, but after thinking about it for a while says he , let’s just take my boat the Lucy. Good opportunity for me to fish out of her for the first time, we all agree plan B best way to go. Unloaded the Bay flat Sr, drove to the Lucy, loaded her up and we on our way just a little bit late it be. Made a stop at Lionel’s for some go juice Off to Lake John to start our fun day down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island. CONDITIONS: Perfect Fog, fog all day some light, some heavy East wind 4-6 mph, real nice Cloudy overcast day Cool to mild temps, kept jumpsuit on all day, cool when running around, and running around we did Water level up 14-16” Water temp cold Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was 3 to 2 minus. Depending where you fished at Tide falling hard all day, real strong at points and cuts, open water was the way to fish today. Not many boast out, especially where we fished at. Most boat where out and about in 4 horse. Had a few nats out and about too   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Check out report of (50) Silverwodners being caught in Little Lake\Our first expectations was 50 Silverwodners, but we caned that to 12, later in the day we said one would make our day. Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:            WIND AT YOUR BACK: (No problem, wind at our back in most spots we stopped, plus wind was not that strong at all.) MOVING WATER: (Had plenty, may be a little too much, current was torn in all our honey holes. WATER CALRITY: (This criteria was a little challenging, as it has been for the past 2-3 months, water clarity & quality off this year.) HOLDING FISH: (Another criteria that we did not find and or conquer.) PATIENTS: ( Needed a lot today, but we all had what required, we fished to 2:00 PM and then threw in the towel, but not until we gave it the old elephant try.) SKILL: (We had all that was needed, just did not have the right combination of them) LUCK: (Having a spare boat on standby just in case you need it.) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………??????ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID ONT TRY Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………Both fish caught this way Live bait…………………NONE ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….Nothing 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………Nothing Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/ Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Spot # 52, 53, Big don & Big Lucy’s top secret spot A & B, 53, 54, 52, Pablo spot, 14, 17C, 17A, 20, 21, 22, 23, 60B, & 60, stopped fishing at 2PM, had enough, turn the Lucy east, than north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (2) Redworries (2) crabs (3) Bottoms (1/2) bushel of grass No food , no drinks, all we did was fish Lots of fresh clean, cool air in our lungs Relaxing morning on the water Cap Don got to make the longest run made in the Lucy since they owned it Cap Don was way out of his comfort zone running round all the spot numbers, but Big Lucy was his support, saying “YOU CAN DO IT” even in the fog, however the fog did make him little nervous. Spending the day in the Lucy with two of the best fisherpersons me know, Big don & Big Lucy Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Big Don, not sure what to say about is performance, if you count the pursuit, the confidence, the where with all, the perseverance, attitude, and the overall effort, he still came up one short of being fisherperson of the day. Oneofthepack had one, but was still short in the challenge for fisherperson of the day. Big Lucy drew first blood with her big Redworrier, had a bite or two more, stayed in the game all the way until 2 PM,  never gave up, cast after cast, she be fisherperson of the day. SUGGESTIONS: Me don’t have a clue about how to fish Delacroix with present conditions, but me going to keep going until me figure them out, cause “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW”!!!!!!!!! PONDER OF THE DAY: Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of fishing. O & A: Have you ever stopped to fish…..and forgot to start again? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: ??????????????????????? Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

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!!!!!Fishing is now, definitely, worth the trip to Delacroix!!!Today, we have heard all kinds of good reports coming into Sweetwater. A lot of smiling faces that we have missed. Trout, trout, trout: reports coming in from Little Lake! Little lake is the hottest spot out of all the spots catching trout. The pictures in this report are of trout caught by customers in Little Lake. Even black drum was brought in today. If you get an opportunity, come get on the great fishing. Also, if you are looking to go red-fishing, they have been bringing in boatloads of reds. Should be good trout fishing all week in Delacroix. So, we hope to see ya here at Sweetwater!!! 

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Quite a few fisherman launched, at Sweetwater today. They came in with all kinds of different reports. Some had some fish, some had a-lot of fish and some had no fish. If you like to catch speckled trout, I can give you a small tip: Little Lake has been producing some really nice speckled trout. That is right; I did say Little Lake. Two different groups caught fish over there today. One group, a husband and wife, came in with 50 speckled trout..yes 50!! Nicole confirmed it! Another group of 5 guys had 16 speckled trout and a limit of reds. They were fishing in Alligator pass. Other customers caught limits of reds in different areas of Delacroix, like the Point Fienne area. No reports from Lake John today, unexpectedly; Captain Jack thought we would hear of some reports from that area. A few other customers came in with a good load of fish. It looked like alot of fish in their ice chest, although I don’t know the exact number. They would not tell us where they went, besides saying “in the Delacroix area,” and “in the water.” Overall, on a scale from 1 to 10, I would say the fishing today was a 7. I could lie and say it was a 10, but thats just not how we roll at Sweetwater. Captain Jack just got back with a whole load of live shrimp. If I were coming fishing tomorrow, I would go around Lake John, South of Lake John (behind shrimp Lagoon and Shell Lake), Little Lake and Bay Andrew. For redfish, I would hit many spots in interior of Delacroix: Shrimp Lagoon, Shell Lake, Lake Batola, Point Fienne and Grand Lake. Im sure many of your favorite spots are producing. It should be sunny tomorrow, unlike today. The last quarter of the day the sun popped out. However, that is not the story for tomorrow. It should be sunnier tomorrow than today. Don’t forget tomorrow is our BOYCOTT THE SHITBOWL SPECIAL! Hope to see yall then!

Bowfishing trip Friday night.

Sever’s family trip from Fla. for Landon’s birthday it was cold and wind but we managed to find fish. Thanks guys for fishing with us.

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ck out    youtube  title      Cajun country lump edition tuna tetris       about  9 mins     this  was  by  far   my  best   tuna  trip   ever    I reported   on   rnr  last   feb    but  no  pics     this  should   make  up  for   it    capt   todd

In South Louisiana…sportsmen are being harassed, landowners are being vilified, and the state’s hunting and fishing economies are at risk.

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    The redfish cruised the edge of the reeds, unhurried and unalarmed. The U-shaped push of the big blunt head was coming straight toward our flats skiff. I was in the right place at the right time. Only one person could screw this up now. I roll-cast the crab fly from the palm of my hand, backcast once, and lay the fly against the marsh bank. I wince—the pattern lands a little short. “That’ll work,” says my guide, ­Michael Evans. “Leave it.” The fish stays the course, 10 feet from the fly and closing. Play this right, I think, and this could be as perfect as it gets when it comes to casting for Louisiana redfish. “Now,” Evans commands. I strip-set the fly, and line rips from the reel as the redfish bolts across the shallows. I whoop as the fish surges three times before ­Evans hauls it overboard, and all is as it should be—green marsh, blue sky, and a redfish in hand. It is a gorgeous morning in one of the most iconic sporting landscapes in America. But the worry is, it could all be falling apart in south Louisiana. I was so focused on the fish that I initially missed a few significant details: The marsh edge here is corroded and eroding, with chunks of black muck and reeds calving into the open water. Dotting the shoreline are posted signs, and I can see that the only other boat out here is working over ponds deep in the marsh interior. Those anglers are most likely trespassing, although they don’t know that—or do and don’t care. It’s a scene that captures precisely why the self-proclaimed “Sportsman’s Paradise of Louisiana” is in the middle of the largest—and possibly most impactful—public-waters dispute in the country. Increasing numbers of private landowners are posting bayous, marsh ponds, and canals that have been used by the public for decades. Altercations between landowners and hunters and anglers are on the rise. Guides complain of losing access to vast sweeps of marsh and water. And the issue of who owns the ­water—​and who can access it—is spilling over into parts of Louisiana far from the coast. This past summer, a dock owner at Lake D’Arbonne was arrested for pouring gas on three anglers who were legally fishing from a boat near his property. At Lake Catahoula, one of the most storied waterfowling destinations in the country, a U.S. District Court last year ruled that the body of water was a river, not a lake, and could not be managed as a public resource as in the past. The state has appealed the ruling, and it awaits a decision by the Third Circuit appeals court. Fresh & Salt: A fly angler fishes the Boulder River in Montana—a state many consider to have the gold standard for water access. Brian Grossenbacher Across the country, access to public waters is under siege, at a scale similar to the threats public lands have faced over the last few years. Court cases and legislative efforts are underway to change legal precedents and long-standing traditions concerning public-waters access. River by lake by creek by marsh, one stream at a time or through regulatory changes that could wipe away the public’s access across entire landscapes, outdoorsmen are increasingly being gated out of and litigated off some of the country’s most iconic waterways. It’s an issue that affects freshwater and saltwater anglers alike, plus duck hunters, river paddlers, and anyone else whose outdoor passions require access to water. And it’s an issue that could fundamentally alter opportunities for generations of hunters and anglers. “Anglers and hunters stand to lose sporting opportunities. So they better stand up and make their voices heard.” In Colorado, a lawsuit has been filed by a trout angler who was run off the Arkansas River, which he accessed from public land. In New Mexico, the attorney general’s office issued an opinion that all the state’s fishing streams are in the public domain, setting up potential court and regulatory fights. In North Carolina, the rights of the public to access the dry-sand beach went all the way to the state supreme court before being upheld in a dismissal. Issues of privatizing lakes are popping up in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and across New England, public waters where fisheries have been managed and enhanced with public funds are being increasingly gated off to the public. The message is loud and clear: Anglers and hunters stand to lose sporting opportunities. So they better stand up and make their voices heard. Read Next: The Politics of Hunting and Fishing Marsh Madness For the most part, Louisiana’s legendary hunting and fishing rests squarely on access to public waters, so it’s no surprise that the largest fight for access to public waters is under­way there. Louisiana’s water-access laws are a murky stew based on a rare legal system with roots in the Napoleonic era. It’s the only state that allows for private ownership of water bottoms below tidal waters, and it’s these marshes in south Louisiana that are being increasingly posted—and contested. In a convoluted, multichambered nutshell, this is the issue in the Pelican State: Louisiana is losing marsh along the Gulf Coast like a snake sloughing its skin. The land is sinking, the seas are rising, and the marshes are tattered and torn from pipeline and navigation canals. The figures are so staggering and so well-known that they could practically pass for the state motto: Louisiana loses enough marsh to cover a football field every 100 minutes. Two thousand square miles have vanished in the last 100 years, and some experts say that another 2,000 squares miles might still dissolve away. In Louisiana, salt­water fishing generates millions of dollars for the state economy. Tosh Brown Much of the south Louisiana marsh is privately owned by individuals and families, but also by oil and gas companies, and often in huge chunks measured by the thousands of acres. While tidal waters in other states are typically open to public access, Louisiana allows private landowners to own tidal waters as long as the water was not claimed by the state when Louisiana was created in 1812. But in many areas, no one is entirely sure who owns what. The ownership issues are so complex in many areas that vast sweeps of open water are designated as “dual claimed lands,” claimed by both the state and private landowners.   Some of Louisiana’s challenges with public-waters access are similar to those in other regions around the country. Like 21 other states, Louisiana doesn’t require private landowners to post lands against trespass, putting the onus on sportsmen to know the lines. That’s a huge issue in a world of marsh and water, especially when shorelines change so rapidly. And like many states, access to a waterway is based on navigability: Streams, rivers, or marsh channels that are navigable for commerce are typically considered open to the public. But Louisiana’s law adds a qualifier: It reads “naturally navigable.” No one seems to know what that means. The complications pile up. If private landowners lose control of water bottoms that used to be marsh, they also give up the potential value of oil or gas deposits, which could be collectively measured in the billions of dollars. As privately owned marsh erodes into open, navigable water, a public used to going wherever a boat can float is increasingly at odds with private landowners asserting more control over properties that were long accessed by anglers, hunters, and guides. More and more public funds are being used to restore marshes on private lands, and many observers feel there should be some mechanism to allow the public access to the restored marsh it paid for. Private landowners disagree. It’s all leading to hot tempers and a rush of posting on marsh and water where generations of Louisianans have hunted and fished. In South Louisiana…sportsmen are being harassed, landowners are being vilified, and the state’s hunting and fishing economies are at risk. Right now, the situation in south Louisiana, a place on nearly every sportsman’s bucket list of places to visit, is a quagmire of conflicting opinions. Sportsmen are being harassed, landowners are being vilified, and the state’s hunting and fishing economies—saltwater fishing alone supports 7,700 jobs and pumps $50 million a year into the state economy—are at risk. Last year, ­Louisiana Rep. Kevin Pearson introduced House Bill 391, which would have opened most tidal waters to public access regardless of ownership. The effort ultimately failed, but the intensity of the debate and the public outcry on all sides of the issue led most observers to believe that the time is ripe for potential solutions. “I believe compromise that works for all these parties is realistic in south Louisiana, and I think we have the political environment to achieve it,” says Josh Kaywood, the Southeast regional coordinator for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “Louisiana’s coast is a petri dish right now. Practically every conservation organization on the planet is down there studying coastal marsh loss and struggling with ­property-​rights issues. A lot of states are watching what happens in Louisiana, even with its specific legal systems and issues.” A fly angler casts to redfish in Louisiana. Jessica Haydahl Richardson Home Waters Randy Moertle cuts the outboard motor, and we drift along the edge of a sprawling marsh-ringed lake. Puffy clouds overhead are mirrored in hundreds of acres of open water. On a spit of high land sits a simple, metal-roofed camp. There’s a pirogue, a johnboat, and a four-wheeler under a shed. Those are the only structures in sight. To any angler or hunter, this place looks like a piece of heaven. Moertle manages 18,000 acres of marsh, open water, and high ground for Clovelly Farms, a large agricultural enterprise in Lafourche Parish—the ball of the foot in Louisiana’s boot-shaped profile. Clovelly Farms runs leases for crabbing, sugarcane, cattle, alligator hunting, alligator-egg collecting, commercial catfishing, oystering, a boat launch, and numerous private fishing and hunting camps. This particular leaseholder, Moertle tells me, pays $400 a year for the cabin and $4 an acre for the marsh and open water for hunting and fishing. It’s not a wealthy fat cat’s retreat, Moertle says. These are welders, shrimpers, and university professors. Most of his lessees pay less than $1,500 a year for their camps, which are often handed down from one generation to the next. “This is part of Louisiana’s culture,” he says. “I could lease the entire 18,000 acres to a corporation and walk away from all the paperwork. But these camps are like family. You take this from the people, and they would die inside.” Aside from their property-rights concerns, landowners and property managers like Moertle fear that a widespread opening of coastal ­Louisiana’s private waters to the ­public—​which is advocated by many in the sporting community—would wreak havoc on private property where enormous sums of money have been spent on private and private-public marsh restoration and mitigation projects. If private waters were opened to the public, issues of trespass on adjacent marshes would skyrocket, they say, and marsh would be increasingly degraded by overuse. “And the oil and gas industries are shaking in their boots over liability issues if they have to open their pipeline canals to the public,” Moertle says.     As Moertle sees it, social media has empowered and emboldened a relatively small number of private ­citizens—​charter captains, mostly—to organize a near-takeover of private property. “The problem is that some people want to be able to go everywhere, all the time,” he says. “But nobody is going to give up their property rights.” Fowl Play: A Louisiana duck hunter starts setting his decoy spread. Hollis Bennett Moertle runs the boat down a picket fence of white PVC pipe that the leaseholder put in to mark a single channel through the pond to minimize his boat’s impact on the marsh bottom. I look around at marsh without a piece of trash, with a minimal human footprint, windswept and wild. Who wouldn’t want a spot like this? Louisiana is such a thorny mess because, in large measure, all sides present compelling arguments. No one wants to go to court: The state can’t afford to litigate the issue parcel by parcel, and private landowners aren’t eager to take a chance that they will lose billions. But who wants the current situation either, rife with resentment and threats of violence and utter confusion on the public’s part about where it’s legal to wet a line in south Louisiana? I spent the next day in one of the frequently cited hot­spots of the public-waters fight—Grand Isle, a barrier island and marsh complex—with Daryl Carpenter, a charter captain and board member of the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Coalition. The group advocates for public-waters access, and Carpenter had no trouble pointing out posted signs, gated canals, and tidal creeks barricaded with floating barrels and chains. But it wasn’t until the end of the day that the stakes were made clear. Carpenter pulled out his cellphone. “Looka here,” he said, showing me a photo of three little girls from Baton Rouge who he’d had on the boat the day before. They landed redfish and trout, giggling with each catch, and then the youngest, a 4-year-old, hooked into a ladyfish. “That’s the poor man’s tarpon,” Carpenter said. “The fish went to jumping and running, and I promise you everybody within 2 miles heard that little girl squealing: ‘I got him! I got him! He’s jumping, but I got him!’” He puts his phone down and looks off toward the water, his lower lip trembling. Carpenter can be a gruff man. He courts controversy. But like so many in Louisiana, the notion of losing access to places where a ladyfish can light up the day touches a deep place. “Those little girls are what this fight is about,” he says. “If we don’t figure this out…” His voice trails off as he presses his hands one into the other, forearms tensing to check his emotion. Red Head: Louisiana’s world-class ­fishing for redfish attracts anglers from all over the country. Jessica Haydahl Richardson Balancing Act The alliance between the Gulf Coast’s wild coastline, agriculture, oil and gas industry, and the fishing and hunting communities has never been an easy one, but if Louisiana finds a path forward, it could become a model for other states. “If we can turn the heat down in Louisiana, cooler heads can navigate these issues with a scalpel and not an ax,” says S. Beaux Jones, a Louisiana private-practice attorney who served as the environmental section chief for the state’s Department of Justice. The solution to public-​waters-​access conflicts in Louisiana and across the country needs to approach what some water-rights experts have called the “Goldilocks ratio,” a just-right balance of public access and protection of ­private-​­property rights. It’s easy to talk about but has proven elusive to strike so far. That’s why what is happening on the Louisiana coast is related to courtrooms in Colorado, streamsides in Utah, and brook trout ponds in Maine. America is at a fever pitch grappling with public rights to land and water, fish and wildlife, because the future of fishing and hunting lies in the balance. But this national conversation over public-waters access can lead to concrete gains for anglers and hunters.   “We’ve grappled before with how to balance development and conservation and protectionism,” Jones tells me. “In the past, we had the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Gifford Pinchot, and John Muir to guide our thinking as we formed policies around these pillars of American conservation and access. Now we’re faced with re-examining our core beliefs about a world humans have altered so much. I’m heartened because I’m starting to see the courage to ask the tough questions.” The answers will only come from a new era of Roosevelts and Leopolds who can lead sportsmen and -women to think critically about public interests and private rights, and ensure that their voices are heard. The water wars are raging, and for anglers, duck hunters, birdwatchers, and boaters, there is enormous ground at stake. Related Video     Points of Access From anchoring to wading to camping on a riverbed, here’s a look at how your access to public waters could be limited. Special Report: Points of Access Mike Sudal Navigability In general, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that waterways are considered “navigable” if they were used or were able to be used for commerce at the time a state entered the Union. Commerce isn’t restricted to typical boating and shipping, but could also be logging, trapping, or even trade with native tribes. Navigable waters are open to public use, but some states are more restrictive than others. Overland Access Can you drop a canoe (1) into navigable waters at a bridge crossing? Depends on where you live. States like California and Montana have established legal access along some state roads and bridges, but check laws first. Stream Bottoms In states such as Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, private ownership of the streambed means fishermen and boaters cannot touch the bottom of the river, stream, or creek—not with a wading boot, paddle or oar, or an anchor (2). And theoretically, not even with a crankbait or weighted nymph rig. Ordinary High-Water Mark Some states allow public access to private lands between the ordinary high-water mark and the water’s edge (3). The ordinary high-water mark is the line the water makes by covering land for enough time to create physical characteristics that distinguish it from the land above the line. It doesn’t include floodplains. In those states, you can walk, wade (4), and even camp—most commonly on sandbars, gravel beaches, and some islands—below the ordinary high-water mark. Portaging Some states express a “right to portage” that allows boaters to access private lands adjacent to public waters when scouting river hazards (5) or pulling equipment around river hazards as long as the most direct route closest to the water course is followed. But some states don’t. Want more like this?     The States of Access Efforts to privatize waters are on the rise around the U.S. Here are nine states where fights have been won, battles lost, and where skirmishes continue in the effort to maintain access to America’s sporting traditions. Arizona The Arizona Navigable Stream Adjudication Commission (ANSAC) has determined that the Colorado River is the only navigable river on which the public can float through private land without the landowner’s permission. Decisions from ANSAC have determined that the Gila, Upper Salt, and Verde rivers are all nonnavigable, and more determinations are forthcoming. Colorado You can be cited for trespassing in Colorado if you float over a streambed adjacent to private property, because the state has never declared what constitutes a navigable stream. A court case is currently underway between an angler and a landowner on the Arkansas River, but the state of Colorado has moved to dismiss the case, citing it doesn’t have standing. Florida A state law, effective July 1, 2018, has barred the public from the dry-sand beach above the high-tide line in certain counties, setting up a public-waters-access fight. The law held that any county that had on the books by January 2016 a “customary use law” allowing pubic access to the beach could keep it, but elsewhere private landowners could close the beaches. The law is widely viewed as targeting the Panhandle’s Walton County, particularly, where 4 million tourists a year aren’t appreciated by wealthy beachfront landowners. Maine Here, a colonial-era law guarantees public ownership and access to the state’s 2,600 “great ponds”—any freshwater lake larger than 10 acres—as long as you walk in over “unimproved land.” But increasing lakeshore development is shutting out more and more anglers as the lands around the lakes are being snapped up by private buyers. Montana Upheld by the state supreme court in 1984, Montana’s Stream Access Law is considered the pinnacle of public-​waters-access rules: It allows the public to wade any navigable streambed and walk on the adjacent shore of private land as long as they stay below the ordinary high-water mark.   New Mexico Anglers in New Mexico applauded in 2014 when the state attorney general issued an opinion that all state fishing streams are public-domain waters and open to fishing and walking, even when flowing through private property. But that was an opinion, not a law. And in the closing days of 2017, the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission adopted a rule that allows private landowners to apply for certification that their streams are nonnavigable and off-limits to the public. North Carolina In December 2016, the state supreme court let stand an appeal of a lower ruling that upheld the public’s use of the state’s beaches between the high-tide line and front edge of the dunes. A New Jersey couple had sued the town of Emerald Isle in a case that could have created a domino effect of beachfront owners barring ­access to surf anglers, surfers, and beachcombers. South Dakota In an unusual twist, South Dakota is struggling with how to manage surface waters that have appeared only over the last few decades. Increased rainfall in the 1990s created “nonmeandered lakes” in the northeast part of the state as low basins filled with water. Many of these developed prize perch and walleye fisheries due to stocking by the state and were long accessed by the public. But a law passed in a 2017 special legislative session allows landowners to petition the state to close nonmeandered lakes on their private property, resulting in a lockout of anglers who helped pay for the fish and improved water access in the first place. Utah The Utah Stream Access Coalition has sued to challenge a law that makes it illegal for the public to touch the bottom of privately held streams and would eliminate wading access to more than 2,700 miles—43 percent—of state waters. Another court case is being tried that could formally recognize which streams and rivers are designated as “navigable” and therefore open to public access.          

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Sweetwater Marina

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Last week was a bit challenging with the awful weather, but this weekend turned out to be a beautiful, although slightly chilly. Hope you came out to join in on some of the action. It was nice to see the SUN again. ☀️ 🌞 Friday, we had the pleasure of having a couple of our favorite customers come in from Alabama, for a little day trip to Delacroix. We always enjoy having Ms. Shannon & her friend here at Sweetwater Marina. 💙🚤 Saturday seemed to start out a little slow. We did have a couple anglers get 34 trout on Lake Amadee side of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs. The secret to their catch was, get a deep hole and fish the bottom with live shrimp. 🦐 🐠 We had Blake Gagnon, Phillip Smith, and friend launch at Sweetwater Marina. Their early morning started super slow, but they found a nice grass line and got a 3-man limit of reds in about 30 minutes. On their way back in to the launch they stopped at a spot they fished earlier in the day and caught 5 nice drum. 🎣 Mr. Jay Platt brought his wife here, it was their first-time fishing in Delacroix. They only caught 1 red, but they enjoyed learning a new area and getting out of the house. 🐟 What a big difference a day makes. Sunday was great for redfish in Lake John, Shrimp Lagoon, & Shell Lake. We had several reports of anglers limiting out on reds in those areas. The Flip Flop weather isn’t helping the fishing any, but the next best day will be Friday, it’s going to be start of better fishing conditions.🌬⛈☃️☔️☀️🌊🌫 Don’t forget we have all you need for a successful fishing trip; live bait, ice, non-ethanol fuel, snacks, drinks, and tackle. Come check out our bait shop before heading out into the water. 🦐 Need lodging or want to book a charter, call Kelly 504-342-2368. Monday-Friday 9-5. We have newly renovated and decorated 1 and 2 bedroom suites. Want to go fishing. Capt. Jack will take you. All you need to bring is a chest to bring your cleaned fish home in. Bring the family or just for a get-a-way. Valentines 💝and Mardi Gras 🎭 are around the corner what a great idea to come to Sweetwater Marina.

Delacroix Silverwonders

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Team Jo-Jo A few couple of R&R guest have question us as to when we think the Silverwodners will show up, the last few couple years the pattern as me see it has changed, catches have been moving later and later in the year, with the last 3-4 years similar to 2018 February diary below. I take on that is up north freezes, Mississippi drops, river water stops flowing at Mardi Gras pass, and water changes, (clarity / salt) throughout the Delacroix for the good, and the Silverwodners show up, but a little farther out then me normally fish, i.e. east for the spider canal out toward Four Horse. Team Jo-Jo diary from 2018 for the month of February as follows: Date:     Spot #’s on the map: Silverwonders: 2/8/18   Lake P                                 Zip 2/9/18   17-C                                     (22) T 2/12/18 Delacroix                           (30) R 2/15/18 17-C                                    5) T 2-20-18 Carr Dr.                               6) B 2/24/18 5 & 17C                              (28) T    @ 5(2) T / 17C (26) T 2-26-18 17-C                                     12) T Looking forward to February 2019 fishing, just don’t know where me be fishing at. March 2018, ((9) trips (338) T caught) will be the month for the true tell of the status (2019) Silverwonders and that of the catching Silverwonders down Delacroix way. Last year we were forced to travel farther out to unknown areas to catch the Silverwodners. Will post the spot numbers we fished in March 2018 when March 2019 comes around. April and into mid-May, (2018) were also great months, ((27) trips (1,097 T) for catching in 2018, all be it in & around Four Horse / Twin Pipeline areas, areas of which me don’t normally fish. These next few months may define, confirm, and / or suggest what our Disney World known as Delacroix Island may have, and / or has developed into as far as saltwater fishing / catching of the Silverwonders in that area. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack Comments Welcome please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 off to search for Redowrriers

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TEAM JO-JO: Team Jo-Jo schedule lunch trip to Mississippi, Big T-Doc had other plans, (ne needed a crew to help move an anchor from one house to the other) for us but it got cancelled so we just all ate lunch and talked fishing for an hour or two. At our lunch me offered a trip for that evening, but had all fair weather fisherpersons at the lunch, no one to challenge the rain. We did however get a trip plan for today, Big T-Doc offered to take his boat and be Captain for the day, joining him was Big Pablo, (his regular first mate) Big PJ, and Oneofthepack would be on board his 23 foot Sea Chaser come Saturday morning for a run around the Bayou Bienvenue area. SIGNS: Had a great lunch at Tony’s Work detail cancelled Anticipation from Wednesday to Saturday’s trip was a little nerve racking. Plan was me to pick up Big PJ at 5:00 Am and meet up with Big Pablo at his house, and Big T-Doc was to pick us all up over there for 5:30 AM, it was a perfect time line / meet up. Made a stop at Ed’s lunch off Paris Road, picked up 120 live shrimp, some of us needed a little more help with the catching. Past Bayou Bienvenue up we thought it would be to crowed When we got to Gulf Outlet Mariner, boast backed up to the raid, but that was Bass Tournament boats, so we went right up front and lunched with no problem Passed on fishing THE PEN, me wanted to hit Big Pablo top secret spot, they caught 25 plus Silverwonders, & Redworries Friday morning, so we had some real fresh Intel to chase. CONDITIONS: Perfect S.E. wind 6-8 than 10-12 mph Sunny & clear, a little cloudy in the AM Cold, cool, mild temps Kept me jumpsuit on all day Water level up 4-6” Water temp 51.9F Me think we had a slack tide, on the way out nothing moving in the locks, on the way back it was pouring out the locks, assume that be a falling tide Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a mix on a 7 and a 3 minus depending on where you fishing. Me did not know they had than boats in Louisiana, they be coming from Shell Beach running to Bayou Bienvenue, they be coming from Bayou Bienvenue running to Shell Beach, and some just kept running back and forth to each area, lots of boats out and about. Bait all over the top of water in MRGO We say a school of something coming down MRGO, it was smashing bait in the water, but we were not to coordinated (this be one of a few couple items that pooped up on the trip and could have taken us out of our game, but that not to be on Capt T-Doc watch) toady, as me got me line caught on the trolling motor, and we could not chase the fish. TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on 23 foot SeaChaser, and the black Mercury. This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Learn Big Pablo top secret spot Learn how to fish MRGO from Big Pablo & Big T-Doc See what lures they use to catch in the above areas Introduce Big PJ to Big T-Doc * Big Pablo so that is they ever need a crew member they can call Big PJ, me know he be glad to jump on board any time and to make a trip. Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:          WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind at our back, and pushed us along the rocks, trolling motor just kept us on the correct angle & distance to fish the rocks. Big T-Doc was our trolling motor operator, he gave up fishing so we could have the best boat position and angle to the rocks.) MOVING WATER: (Big T-Doc kept saying no tide today, and we could not see any signs of one, except when we went through the locks, if me had to guess we had a slack tide, turned and started to fall late in the evening.) WATER CALRITY: (It was a 7 at Big Pablo top secret spot, but in and around Bayou Bienvenue it was a 3 minus, not looking good at all, but we had the best and the worst to fish, and we caught a few in both conditions.) HOLDING FISH: (THE PEN) PATIENTS: ( Needed some today, slow action day, (except for THE PEN. ) trying to learning the area, and techniques helped pass the time, but not knowing that already also made it a little more of a challenge to keep focus, for me anyway.) SKILL: (Pratices what Big T-Doc & Big Pablo preached) LUCK: (Having Big T-Doc and Big Pablo show us around) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………25% FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)…………… 45 % FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID ONT TRY Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………NONE Live bait…………………30 CAUGHT WITH LIVE BAIT ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….30% CAUGHT W/THIS LURE 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING SHRIMP CREOL 20% Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/ Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: Big Pablo top secrete spot, made a top at THE PEN on the way in got into some Redworrier action. OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (18) Silverwonders (13) throw backs (40) Redworries, 32 Ratworriers (1) Flounder (1) Bass (1) Stripe Bass (7) Drum (6) Sheepsheads (10) Bottoms (7) Popped lines bottom (3) Extra poles (4) Tangled lines We dropped the trolling motor over to move us around, the wire pulls out of the plug, once again Big T-Doc fixing it and not fishing, he be a one of a kind Team Jo-Jo Captain Me caught the trolling motor, knocked it out of action, used just the wind to move us around, not good We had two cast interference, unlike the Saints game me called it and penalized 2 minutes in the no cast zone. Lots of clean cool fresh air in me lungs Hint of a tan on me face Hooked meself in me finger bleed like a stuff pig Great food and drinks, (made to order) as provide by Big T-Doc and his lovely lady Big Carol, thanks go much appreciated. Spending the day aboard the SeaChase with (3) of the best fisherpersons me know, priceless it be. A Seagull dived down and peck up me Top dog, but let it go real quick Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: Big PJ jumped out front quickly, (2) Silverwonders, and (1) Flounder, we all did not know what to do, we kept trying to mimic his technique and presentation. As the morning progressed and Big PJ slowed down, crew started to catch up with a few catching of our own. Than Big PJ catches the next biggest Redworrier, now once again he be (All be it slim) leading the pack. Me had to deduct a few points for Big PJ catching of the extra poles once & twice. Plus he had a cast interference call go against him too, another point or two gone, this left the door open for Big Pablo aggressive pursuit of the fishes for today. Big Pablo, a fishing / catching machine, once he finds his groove he is on a roll, he cornered the Sheepshead market, and led in the drum category, and me quite sure he had a marginal led with the Silverwodners. Big Pablo also got a cast interference call, he too had a point or two taken away, couple this with the jig head to jig head hit call, and it all be even at this point. Oneofthepack struggled all day, lures did not seem to work well for me, but they worked for the other fisherpersons, me just had an off day. Me did catch the biggest Redworrier of the day, and a few Silverwonders, but it not be enough for me even to be considered for the fisherperson of the day honors. Big T-Doc being the Captain / unselfish gentlemen he is,    offered to operate the trolling motor (wind was a little strong and blowing us directly to the rocks) and not fish so boat could have the best / ideal position, & angel to the rocks so his crew would catch fish and have a great time. Three fins up for our captain, for his offering today Big T-Doc gets honorable mention for fisherperson of the day, and a 3 point lead on our next trip before we even leave the dock. All of the above now leads us at a tie between Big PJ & Big Pablo, so me says, we have 39 Redworries, whoever catches the 40th Redworrier will be fisherperson of the day. They both threw out at the same time, both baits hit the water at the same time. Big Pablo sets the hook, set, re- set, Redworrier making its way in, but………wait…….Redworrier gest off. Big PJ set right behind that of Big Pablo, Big Pablo quickly reloads and is back in the water, Big PJ set is a good set, he be reeling a lot faster now than any other time of the trip. Big Pablo gets another set, this time hook set deep, but Big PJ swings in the 4oth Redworrier before Big Pablo could get his in. Big PJ fisherperson of the day, me think his Flounder did the trick, first Flounder me seen in a long, long, long time. SUGGESTIONS: Might want to bring live and/or dead bait with you, lures don’t seem to work well at this time of year, and present water conditions. Fish father down the MRGO, past castle, the water looked a lot better there. Fish corks along the rocks, as you will hang up a lot if you don’t. Check out the action in THE PEN PONDER OF THE DAY: You’ve gotta fish like there’s nobody watching O & A: Is it possible for a fisherperson to fathom the true depths of fishing and catching? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Sunday open, hope to be fishing somewhere, somehow, until then: Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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I was hoping one of my fishing buddies would pull me to fish another area this weekend.  No such luck.  Kind of hard to get excited about fishing Delacroix right now.  I managed to trick Lucy into getting out into the cold today.  We tried all the deeper Oak River holes that we know, boomerangs on the fish finder everywhere, but no takers in the cold dirty river water.  It was challenging to get her to fish with the cold and nothing to push us on.  I barely managed to finesse a few hardheads to bite, geesh. What hit the boat: 2 hardheads  

Sweetwater Marina

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Now that we are trying to get past the pain of last weekend and duck season has ended, we are looking forward to a good weather weekend to come fishing in Delacroix! With the weather in the mid to upper 50’s and no rain in the forecast after tomorrow, it’s time to get your pole in the water!! Come visit us at Sweetwater Marina and get in on some Redfish action! The Redfish are everywhere! This is a fact! We have been having a few anglers give reports of trout also. The north side of Four Horse, Lake John, Four Corners and Oak River are the reports coming in this week. One angler said he and a couple friends caught 74 trout, and another angler and a few friends caught 51 trout in Four Corners. That’s incentive to get out there and get your fishing on! Sweetwater Marina & Capt. Jack would greatly appreciate, if you tagged us in pictures/post about your experience here in Delacroix/at Sweetwater. Or you can send in your pictures and we will post them! We love to see our customers happy with our service. We try super hard to please everyone. Rate our Facebook, as well. Leave comments about your stay, your charter, your experience…we would love to hear about it. We have live shrimp! Our bait shop also has ice, fuel, tackle, and snacks so come visit us at Sweetwater Marina, to start your fishing trip off right. We do have some boat sheds available. If you are interested or need more info, please call Kelly at 504-342-2368 Monday- Friday from 9am-5pm. If you need lodging, we do have some beautiful lodges, looking out at the beautiful Delacroix water. We are in the most convenient location, which is right across from our marina. Stay with us and get a launch free! Call and book with Kelly. You won’t be disappointed. Want to come fishing, and don’t have a boat? Book a Charter. Want to go fishing and not have to worry about where to go, getting stuck or having to load the boat? Want to go fishing with your kids or people that don’t fish much, but don’t want to worry about untangling lines, showing them how to cast and helping them do everything on board? If that is the case, Captain Jack is your man! He will have you, your family, kids, everyone laughing all day. He has a great personality. He is wonderful with any age group. He knows the waters and where the fish are! Want to book a trip with the amazing Captain Jack? Call 504-342-2368 and Kelly will set you up! Don’t forget you can lodge with us, as well! Call us here at Sweetwater to check prices, book lodging, charters, etc. 504-342-2368 Remember to come see us at Sweetwater Marina, the marina that loves their customers!

THE PEN vs. Others

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TEAM JO-JO: Nothing plan, once again the opportunity presented itself, and me attacked it like a Redworrier attacking an H&H purple beetle. Me had one problem, no first mate, (needed someone to operate the bow voice activate power pole, me had stern covered) first text to Big PJ gave him first shot, no response. Next text to Big Don, text he, me always open to an opportunity, so we made plans to meet up at Team Jo-Jo official meeting place in Chalmette, Waffle House for 6 AM. SIGNS: Saints lost, (know many will dispute this) no good sign at all Patriot’s won, good sign for me No fish Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, much too long to not fish, this be a very bad sign Installed hand me down, (from Bay Flat Sr, thanks to Santa) bow seat in Bay Flat Jr Great night sleep, real deep sleep Called to make sure Bayou Bienvenue locks open, yessum was the answer me got Up early needed to prep Bay Flat Jr and selected rods me wanted to bring with us all (7) of them No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90, not good sign Me first to arrive at Waffle House, ask Big Don you have ice, no says me, than we don’t have any ice says he, says me, you don’t have any ice. Says me did you bring some insurance (dead shrimp) no says he, says me than you don’t have that either. Big Don found some dead shrimp, picked up some ice, now he feel completed. Gulf Outlet Marine lot empty, we only boat, then one other showed up Only 3 pulls to get the Yamaha Nightmare Machine started, very good sign CONDITIONS: Perfect S.E. wind 6-8 mph, later in the day 12-15 mph, it be an off shore breeze Overcast low cloud day Cool temps jumpsuit stayed on all day Water temp 52F Water level about normal Tide was dead, me found out why later in the day Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 plus, lost lure about 10-12” below surface Early in the AM 7:30 the whole Pin came to life, 15-20 Pelicans dive bombing, 25-50 Camagrants diving, fish hitting the surface, just plenty of wildlife action all over The Pen. It was a beautiful sight to see and experience, me loved it. TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Jr. and Yamaha Nightmare Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. See if the Redworries wanted to come out and play Fish the ICW & MRGO try to learn to fish that area, but Huston we have a problem Find some Silverwonders Try trolling the edge of the drop offs in the MRGO, ICW, and Michaud Slip Bring some live shrimp, (for Silverwonders) but me was told it was over for / with live shrimp, but Fishermen’s Friend did not get the memo, they had some pretty good looking no existence live shrimp for all Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:          WIND AT YOUR BACK: (This criteria was a tough one today, as we had to throw directly into the wind to hit the honey hole, you had to make a bullet type cast to get the distance you were looking for. We could have put the Bay Flat Sr on the upside of the drop off and had the wind behind us, u the Redworrier like the lure coming down the drop off, shallow to deep. So we just fought the wind all morning.) MOVING WATER: (This criteria too was impacting by the fact the Bayou Bienvenue locks where closed, we had 30 Redworries for 8:50 so we wanted to go chase the elusive Silverwonder, but when we made it to the locks, the bridge was down and locks where closed, not good, so we just turned around and went back to The Pen to finish our day of fishing. WATER CALRITY: (Not as usual or as good as me like to see it, but in the deep water it looked a little better, me say a 3 on the scale of 1-7, a little sandy looking) HOLDING FISH: (The Pen) PATIENTS: ( Only took 3 cast to catch the first, and it lasted all the way till about 11:38 AM, steady action he whole time.) SKILL: (Did not leave bites to go find fish, we on a Redworrier slam, all be it in the Redworrier bursary, it was fun to catch and release all morning.) LUCK: (Locks where closed) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………65% ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID ONT TRY Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY Cork ……..DID NOT TRY Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A Dead bait………35% CAUGHT THIS WAY Live bait…………………NONE ·      LURE DU JOURE: 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….65% CAUGHT W/THIS LURE, HAD TO GO TO A 1/8 OZ. HEAD 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………DID NOT TRY Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED: The Pen OUR REWARDS: Lived to fish another day (0) Silverwonders (53) Redworries, (49) of which where Redworries Jr 14- 15 ½” ratreds, but they be fair game in a week or two. (2) Oyster shells (1) brick (1) wire cabel (1/4) bushel of grass 10-12 bottoms, 10-12 popped lines, me did not mind losing the jig heads, but me did not like losing me precious / scares H&H purple beetle. Wonderful display of birds, fish & wildlife Lots of fresh cool air in me lungs Refreshing morning on the water with one of the best fisherpersons me know Big Don, only because Big Lucy was not with us. Learned me need to add (4) cleats to the Bay Flat Jr so we can tie up when we anchor Short Truck ride Even shorter boat ride Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY: It was close, real close, to close to call, Big Don did a lot of damage with his dead shrimp, but me H&H purple beetle was on, on, on too. But me would have to say the 75-100 birds diving probably out fish us by 3 to 1, so they be fisheranimals of the day. SUGGESTIONS: Conditions today where not for a fair weather fisherpersons, wind was tough, water clarity a little off and BB locks closed, but it be another testament of why “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” PONDER OF THE DAY: Fishing is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. O & A: If you could teach fisherpersons in the world one technique / presentation / concept, what technique / presentation / concept would have the biggest positive impact on catching? TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem: Nothing plan, just like me like it, but me know an opportunity is just a second, minute, hour, day away, one just need be ready to strike 24/7!!!! Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Get your boat deck ready for spring with Safe Floor

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Wanda Stewart fishing with Captain Casey Lombard

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    By Wanda Stewart on January 21, 2019 Wanda Stewart shared a post to the group: Fish Louisiana With Wanda Stewart. Pro Staff Member at Matrix Shad · 2,920 followersFun fishing with a fun Captain Captain Casey Lombard ABOUT CAPTAIN CASEY LOMBARD https://www.precisionfishingcharters.com/about Captain Casey comes from a long line of South Louisiana fishermen. From his very first fishing trip at the age of 4, he was hooked on the sport. Much of his early childhood was spent with his father and grandfather fishing the lakes and marshes in Delacroix, Louisiana. At age 9, his best friend’s family introduced him to the abundant fishing waters in and around Terrebonne Parish where he spent countless weekends and summers all through high school developing his fishing skills and studying the habitat. His genuine love of the sport was encouraged by his family and friends who knew that every chance he could get, he went fishing! After serving in the U.S. Navy, Captain Casey’s passion for fishing speckled trout and bull reds led him back to the rich inland and coastal waters accessible through Cocodrie and Bayou Dularge. Captain Casey has extensive knowledge of the coastal lakes and inland bays and has studied fish migration patterns in these waters for many years. Deciding to turn his passion for fishing into a career, Captain Casey was more than excited to open Precision Fishing Charters, LLC. in November of 2017. His goal is to share the exciting sport of inland and coastal fishing in South Louisiana’s barrier islands by providing you with a safe and thrilling fishing experience. Email https://www.precisionfishingcharters.com Cell 985-714-3987 Address 182 Autin Street Des Allemands, LA 70030 Wanda Stewart of RodnReel.com https://highwaterfishinglures.com/ http:/

Spot # 19 thru 25 Delacroix

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Team Jo-Jo Intel of the W, W, W, W, & H of catching down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Enjoy every moment of that hunting trip with your son

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Johnathan Stewart getting in some hunting time with his dad at their camp that they have had for many years which he now brings his son to enjoy what he grew up enjoying hunting and fishing!   teach them young so they can enjoy the passion for the outdoors that you love so much!  

2nd hand intel

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Team Jo-Jo Just wanted to share a fishing, (catching intel to let know it is happening out their)  intel from Big Pablo & Big Adrian had a nice trip today, came in with a mix bag of Redworries, Stripe Snappers, and 35 (NMR) Silverwonders, fishing the Lake Borne & MRGO area on both live shrimp & lures. Lures of choice Matrix Shad Shrimp Creole matched up with Matrix Shad ¼ oz. head fishing the bottom. Seems these Team Jo-Jo members have found a honey hole, as this be their second trip with good results fishing areas mention above. Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Come get in on the fishing action before you have to brace for the frigid weather next week! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be good fishing days. The water levels are rising over night tonight and will make for a few days of good fishing. Mr. Kelly, Mr. John, Mr. Danny and Mr. Paul (The Sheep Head Regulars) started the day by limiting on redfish in less than an hour today. They also caught 50+ sheep head about 8 feet deep, by the rigs, in Stone Island. All were caught on live shrimp and dead bait from Sweetwater Marina. Saturday we had reports from anglers of speckle trout in Lake John and Four Horse, so get out there before it gets too cold. And for all you duck hunters, time is coming to an end. Better hurry up and get on down here. Saturday is your deadline. 😉👍 Don’t forget we have live beautiful shrimp! 🦐 Don’t miss out on the dead bait sale we have going on this weekend!! We can’t wait to see ya’ll!!

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

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Geesh, Delacroix is hard to figure out right now, and that’s for the good fisherpersons.  The avg and below like me are really struggling to get any type of trend going.  Today sure looked good from a conditions/recent trip perspective, wind and tide, but had  some of the dirtiest looking river water around in most places, just about unfishable, 2/3 inches down visibility. Lucy caught a few fish at 2 trees in Oak River, all other deeper hole spots were a bust.  Lucy let me know to tell everyone she fisherperson of the day, being the modest one she is.  Talked to a few fellow fisherpersons out there, they having similar results.  I have no idea which way to point the boat, nothing making sense.  Guess I’ll just keep going somewhere out there until something turns up. What hit the boat: 1 throwback redfish 1 fresh water drum 1 hardhead    

LOUISIANA REDFISH FISHING CHARTERS

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LOUISIANA REDFISH FISHING CHARTERS IN COCODRIE, LA Professional guide service that offers customized world class fishing charters for bull redfish and speckled trout.  (985) 413-8770       https://redfishcharterco.com/?fbclid=IwAR3ejUljGeSIxf-p3Ni5CSmwwDeHexYOu6aMMikubr-s7JT1QM2vMKqNgUM

A blast from the past Wanda Stewart’s first fishing trip with Jack Payne

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My first fishing trip with Jack Payne over five years ago teaching me his unique counting to pop ratio, Jack just give me my rod back and go count on the back of the boat! We had a great time that day and Jack was a trooper having a newbie on the boat, ME! I hope you still have my hat, looks like we might get another one! I managed some nice trout without all the fuss! One thing is for sure, it is never to late in life to follow your passion and chase those dreams the only thing stopping you is YOU! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.2'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Posted by Wanda Stewart on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 https://delacroixfishing.com/?fbclid=IwAR1NHmr7pYVgR1MgwAmt3lFSq-m9ph4SAh3TPDOql4-fx9cOBzenUxrrHQg (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.2'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Posted by Wanda Stewart on Wednesday, January 16, 2019