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Up todate Intel Delacroix

Just got a call (Sat 9:46 AM)  from Nephewofthepack Big Steven ( has a camp & keeps his boat down at Delacroix)  he out and about our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, him say he been all over, nothing , not  a bite, wanted to know if me had any suggestions of where he & crew might try.   Told him Friday we struggled to put 27 in the boat, and we covered a lot of territory. So me suggested he try spot # 60 and 61 as they produced a few and conditions where perfect for those 2 spot numbers on the map.   Big Don with new boat out and about Thursday, same intel very slow, very little action, he out and about today, will follow up with him to see if conditions / catching changes.   Silverwonders must have lock jaw, may be the cold front has them shut down in the areas we fish, no matter what we be back at them Wednesday as crew from Kansas coming down to enjoy all what Louisiana & Delacroix has to offer, empty or full box.   Just wanted to share some update current Intel to help you fisherperson kame up your mind on what to do re: go / no go, and / or “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” believers.   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

What a difference a day makes

TEAM JO-JO:   Today was our long awaited trip with crew Big Curtis & Big May, me think we cancelled out last time due to weather, but that not the case for this trip, it was perfect in every way.   SIGNS:   Thursday trip was a catching trip, no fishing required Me sleep like baby Thursday night Up early Friday looking forward another catching day Saw a Possums cross Hwy 11 (GOOD SIGN) no sightings along Hwy 90 Me & crew arrived at Waffle House at the same time, loaded all gear into Big Curtis (6) wheel RAM and we were off like a flash Counted (18) Boast on the Hwy, & gas stations, saw 7 more pass as we loading the Bay Flat Sr up Check point Abel water level down a little Check point Bravo water moving in Reggio canal, good sign Arrived at the abode of the Bay Flat Sr, loaded her quickly Yamaha Dream Machine kept the dream alive Passed on Lionel had all we needed on board, besides fuel dock full of boats, and all the other docks full of boasts, canal was full of boats, me knew it was going to be a busy day on the water. Off to spot # 14 to start our day   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Calm wind, that 4-6 out of the E.S.E. Sunny & clear Mild temps to hot temps, some layers of clothes came off Water level down 4-6” Water temp 68.5F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 plus looked a little better than Thursday Tide falling it was gathering speed every minute, at the choke points your lure made the drift of the current lines in seconds, even with 3/8 head it was rolling along the bottom at a fast clip. NO NATS, to me surprise none, Thursday you had a face full of them, but none today. Told crew Thursday me had a theory, the more nats you have the more fish you will catch.   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. Me wanted to put Big Curtis & Big May on a Silverwonders slam in a real bad way, (our last trip more fishing than catching) me wanted to fill their freeze with fish of all kind, this be me challenge for the day. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: ( Wind no factor it was perfect)   MOVING WATER: (Moving water no factor it was perfect)   WATER CALRITY: (Water clarity no factor it was good at every spot e stopped at)   HOLDING FISH: (Challenge for the day, spot # 61 & 2A where the hot spots)   PATIENTS: ( Needed plenty, crew( and Oneofthepack) body language had sings of me was losing them, so me kept moving around to other sot numbers to keep their interest, but it was very slow day and we had to fish for them)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..NOTHING   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…………….10% CUAGHT WITH THIS LURE     3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………90% CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 14,15,5,6,7,23,22,21,20, 14,15,5,61 (5)t, 61A,B,C,18,E,D,C,B, (4)t, 1,2 (2)t, (2)A (13)t,14, 15 (2)t, stopped fishing at 1:30 PM, crew looked ready and me was too, turned the Bay Flat Sr east than north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip. OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day ( 27 ) (5) throw backs (3) reds (2) throwbacks (1) White trout (1) Crag (8) Oyster shells Big May caught the biggest (2) Bottoms (6) Tanged lines (1) Bushel of grass Surprised we no catch any Stripe Bass Surprised today not a catching day, like Silverwonders had lock jaw from us, me guess that way we call them elusive and it called fishing and not catching. Good snacks s provide by crew thanks guys enjoyed them Spending the day on the water with (2) of the almost best fisherpersons me know, looking forward to another journey down the road. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Curtis came out the gate first, (gave him 10 points for first fish) and got on a run at Sot # 2A, me thing he may have even caught the biggest, but the numbers where low both in keepers and throw backs. However his total points for the day left him a little short for the honors.   Big May came alive at spot # 2A, she put in a few, but  it was toward the end of the trip not enough time to overtake Big Curtis, Big May came in at a strong third in today’s challenge.   Me suggested to Big Curtis he look into the Penn Battle II BLTII1000 reels as the reels he has are so heavy you cannot feel the bite, his poles need to have a little firmer back to them. This would make his rig a lot lighter, and they will catch more fish.   When you are in a trout slam, any rod & reel will do, but if you are fishing and finessing them you better have the right rig, (this may be the rig you have the most confidence in) but me money on the Penn & 6 foot (1) piece Shimano rod if you can find one, or the St Croix one piece 6 foot rod Big May needs to practice her casting so she can get more distance & accuracy in her cast.   At each spot we stopped at your technique & presentation was a little different, may be 4 or 5 ways, but the common dominator, was you had to feel your lure at ALL TIMES, and you had to fish for them. Even when the current is moving you lure along the bottom, you want to bounce it up, let it run, slowly reel in, feel the lure, and repeat that action, ALL THE TIME FOCUSING IN ON THE TAP once that happens set the hook.   I don’t know of any way of practicing this technique / presentations, other than time on the water fishing, this be the only way me know to improve you technique / presentation / skills, SO if they aren’t biting, you not wasting your time, particle, practice, practice,  ( to feel lure & work lure in all situations) till the sun goes down.   SUGGESTIONS:   Me confuse from difference of Thursday to Friday trip, guess me suggest look for the Nat’s.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   “Nobody’s going to catch all the time. On the highway of fishing you can’t always be in the strike zone.” O & A:   Would things get better or worse if fisherpersons what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Me think about given up catching, and just concentrating on fishing. Booked all next week, until then   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Today’s fishing reports: awesome, good, pretty good, alright. Fishing, overall, for Capt.Jack was pretty good. On his charter, they caught 75 trout, 12 black drum, 2 sheep head, 1 striped bass and 1 freshwater cat. They had a great time fishing, caught lots of fish and were back in pretty early. All the fish caught today were caught on beautiful, live shrimp from Sweetwater Marina. Like Capt. Jack said..we heard lots of different reports, but we would say that most people came back happy. Sometimes, it’s not about what you catch…its about taking in the beauty of the Delacroix marsh that is left..while we still can. Don’t make a trip out on the water all about catching plenty of fish. Come take in the great view, and visit the Delacroix marsh..before it’s totally gone. We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater..whether it is to stay at our comfy, cozy and convenient lodge or to charter with one of our amazing captain, to eat at our delicious food trailer, to visit us, to go fishing, to take in the beauty of Delacroix or for any other reason you may have to come to Delacroix..one of the last great fishing locations left in this great state. So, don’t wait. Come now! This is the time of the year to take the trip. The picture below is from Capt. Jacks charter today. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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GREAT FALL CONTINUES… MR JOHN HEBERER’S TRIP We had the pleasure of guiding 4 boats for good friend and customer Mr John Heberer and several of his buddies on a recent trip. This crew is from the St Louis area and they all love to fish. Actually Mr John has brought down 2 groups this fall, one in October and one this month. As usual for late October and November the fishing for trout and reds was very good for the guys, especially if the weather cooperated. I had the pleasure of guiding Mr John all 3 days on the latter trip and we were blessed with good fishing and fellowship all 3 days. I am including pictures from the November trip in this report. We want to say a special thank you to Mr John and ALL the guys on the trips for what they have done for our service this year and past ones. We are already looking forward to next year! WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR THE REMAINDER OF NOVEMBER AND FOR DECEMBER. THE WEATHER AND THE FISHING HAVE BEEN GREAT AND WE EXPECT SOME AWESOME FISHING FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!   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

Hopedale Lagoon

Tried the Hopedale Lagoon area. Light Winds Did not matter if wind was to your back as very light winds A few other boats out and about Keeper fish were hard to find Plenty of 11 7/8 inch trout Managed to get 5 keepers Biggest one was on a 3″ Purple People eater (Sparkle Beetle) Also tried the Vudu Shrimp Nice day to be on the water

Sweetwater Marina

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Some good fishing today at Sweetwater. Capt. Jack’s charter today had 4 black drum, 2 sheep head, 100 trout and 2 reds. Overall, the fishing was pretty good. We have plenty live shrimp for anyone looking to come down and get in on the action. They were caught all over again today. Like we said yesterday..no specific locations. The food trailer will be open tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Serving some delicious food. Open from 10:30am-5pm. If you are looking for lodging and/ or a charter, call asap. Dates are pretty booked. So, call before you miss out on your date. We cant wait to see you here at Sweetwater this weekend.. the fishing should be “speck”-tacular. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Sweetwater Marina

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Some good fishing today at Sweetwater. Capt. Jack’s charter today had 4 black drum, 2 sheep head, 100 trout and 2 reds. Overall, the fishing was pretty good. We have plenty live shrimp for anyone looking to come down and get in on the action. They were caught all over again today. Like we said yesterday..no specific locations. The food trailer will be open tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Serving some delicious food. Open from 10:30am-5pm. If you are looking for lodging and/ or a charter, call asap. Dates are pretty booked. So, call before you miss out on your date. We cant wait to see you here at Sweetwater this weekend.. the fishing should be “speck”-tacular. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Time to fish

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Monday and Tuesday out the question (wind), Wednesday got up at 3am and checked the buoys at Shell Beach and Waveland (wind 11 gust to 14) back to bed. Intellicast wind forecast for today 2-7 all day, OH YEAH. Perch Whisperer called to talk about the fishing eviction from ICW so I suggested since he can’t go to his favorite Green trout spot anymore, maybe he would like to join me for a trip to the Biloxi Marsh, he agreed but it seemed that I have found a nerve to tweak, every time things got quiet today all it took was a mention of ICW and BAM off he would go.(all in good fun of coarse). Great early start for a change ,clear (fog was limited to the land), smooth ride from Fort Pike to false mouth and on to Bob’s lakes area. Nice falling tide and no wind made finding the tide lines easy, what was not easy was dealing with the GNATS, it’s been quite a few years since I have had to deal with gnats that bad, deep woods off kept the biting to a minimum but Breathing was a challenge, (inhale bug, cough, inhale more bugs, cough, cough cough, and so on) all the while catching specks every cast, to bad it was 10-1 throwbacks. Made a few moves in the area with same results, Gnats and throwbacks, finally spotted some wind on the water and moved there to escape the gnats even if we didn’t, catch anything, ahhh peaceful fishing. Gave up on the lake fishing and headed for the interior bays and lagoons thru Crooked byu. First drift muscle bay and 2-3 throw backs, DE JA VEAUX all over again, Capt Don switched to tight lining a Chartreuse Dudley on a ¼ oz round white head and BAM, 16” speck, almost stopped to take a pic, BUT kept fishing and the keepers started hitting the box one after the other. Moved around the area picking up nice specks and a 14” red before the throwbacks started again. Nuther move to a deep pass and added a few more keeper specks to the box before my back called done about 12:30pm. Nice smooth ride back to the near empty launch. Capt Don got off to a slow start but once the big fish started he caught up quick, I even got a chartreuse Dudly from him to even the playing field, but didn’t help, I finished second to the master. Good falling tide all the way to noon or so, then slack. Water temp 63-67, clarity great , ( could see the lure 2-3 feet down) Wind non existent to 5 from the east. Tried all kinds of baits to get the bigger fish to bite ,(lemonhead, Holy Joely, Shrimp Creole, something green Matrix under a cork and tight lined, but the Chartreuse Dudly takes the honors today. Finished with 42 specks 12-16”( probably 100 throwbacks) 5 white trout 1 channel mullet 1 14” red Pics tomorrow @ cleaning

First mate & Second mate

TEAM JO-JO:   Frist mate for the day was Big Dale (new comer) me not sure of his abilities with the voice activated power pole, and / or his skills / techniques tight lining lures along the bottom, so me took the liberty of seeking and invite a ringer (catching ringer) for our trip to ensure we had a few to bring home. Big Dale and Big Ray made a good tag team, Big Ray had the Bow, Big Dale had midship, and as usual Oneofthepack handled the stern of the Bay Flat Sr.   We were spaced out along the Bay Flat Sr, had very little trouble with tangled lines, but me appreciated Big Dale tangling up with Big Ray every now and then, help to slow him down/   SIGNS:   Rested up Wednesday, no fish me do Sleepless night again, one hour Up at 4:15 for 5 Am meet up at Waffle House in Oak Harbor Big Dale and Oneofthepack about 20 minutes early, Big Ray showed up shortly. Had a quick coffee and a little breakfast Decided to load all gear into Big Ray truck as he has a four door, with lots of room. No wild life sightings along Hwy 90, or 610 Lots of boats on Hwy, gas stations and boat launches, was it a holiday????? Passed on McDonnell, and Last Stop food store, we running about 25 minutes behind schedule. Check point Abel water level at junction Check pint Bravo, no tide movement at Reggio Canal, this not good Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, she hanging high and dry Gave the 2 minute speech re: crossing Hwy, and vacated space between boat & dock No time we had her loaded up, and we on our journey to start our day Passed on Lionel’s (had to dodge the boats as we passed) we had all we needed board the Bay Flat Sr Gave the COMMAND hold on, and hold on to your hats, shot out the hole like a heard of turtles, all the bay boats past us up like we standing still. Off to spot # 5 to start our day…….HUSTON we have a problem   CONDITIONS: Perfect Wind E.S.E. 4-6 mph, clam, E.S.E. 2mph Sunny & Clear Mild temps, warm, warmer, not, red button almost popped out, look like crew was doing strip tease as clothes was coming off from all over the place, got down right hot, and NO WIND!!!! Water level, down 2-3” Water temp 66.7F Start of a falling tide, got stronger as the day went along Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, still brown looking, and a little sandy looking, but fishable and it was catchable too. NATS ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE!!!!!!! Best buy a Nat hat, long socks, tuck your pants leg into socks, and a pair of surgical gloves will work wonders, done leave home without.   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. This was a pre-trip for future (11-25-17) with grandsons of Oneofthepack and Big Dale, wanted to let Big Dale experience an outing so he could inform daughter-in-law on how it was and to let her know there was no reason for concern.   Also to allow Big Dale to adjust his agenda, though process and what he may need to purchase, (i.e. life jacket for Ty, sun screen, Nat Spray, Nat Hat, hat, sun  glasses, and even learned not to make the sandwiches in the boat, make them at home) for our trip. Share with Big Dale our fishing techniques and presentations of lures, and which lures and jig are bet for what spot / condition / location. Share with Big Dale all that Delacroix has to offer, and hopefully put him on some Silverwonders, Big Dale did not know what a Silverwonders was, he goggled lit all he got was rodnreel.com site, he now knows that a Silverwodners is. Many, many, many boats out and about, weekend should be a challenge to find a spot where you can fish, much less catch, but at all cost please be courteous. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind not a factor, fish anywhere, anyplace, any angle / presentation all over the place, Matter of fact we were kind of wishing the wind would blow a little to keep the Nats off us, we looked like we had the measles.   MOVING WATER: (Perfect start of a falling tide, it was a little string at spot # 5, so we looked for openings with a wider opening hoping this would slow tide down, fell all day, at around noon looked to be slowing down pretty good)   WATER CALRITY: (Very fishable, 3 on eh scale of 1-7, still not the way me like to see it, but getting there.)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot 14 23t, 20 (59) t, caught fish at just about all spot numbers.)   PATIENTS: ( No, No, No, we were run and gun from the start, the action was fast and furious, as the tide slowed so did the bites, but we were on a good 90 minute bite.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………100 FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..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…………….9999 FISH CUAHGHT WITH THIS LURE     3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook…………….0001% OF FISH CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   #5 (1)T, 14 (23)T, 15 (3)T, 2A,  20 (59)T, 61 (2)T, stopped fishing at noon, nats got too bad, turned the Bay Flat Sr west than north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day A sun rise to live for ( 87 ) NMR Silverwonders (1) White Trout (4) Throwback reds (4) Stripe Bass (1) Big A _ _ freshwater cat fish, (Big Ray nailed him) (1) Banana fish (2) Oyster shells (1) Crab trap (2) Pilings (2) Bottoms (1) Bushel of grass (6) Tangled lines Had 2 pounds of nats to go along with our sandwich Best on the run sandwich me ever had, Big Dale making them at 2mph to keep the nats of us, he must have put a ½ pound of meat on each sandwich, ham & roast beef with mayo, they were great, and the nat dressing was not bad either, Big Dale thanks for the drinks, snacks, and sandwich, much appreciated. Being on the water with old & new friend Big Ray / Big Dale what a treat it was to hear them discuss their coaching days coaching their sons in all phases of sports. Me had many years with Big Ray and know what he has accomplished in his life, and what form what me heard from Big Dale, he too excelled in family life & coaching, thanks guys for all the stories & memories Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   It was close today, but as Capt of the day me had to scowl the crew, me said listen up guys if you cannot catch and talk at the same time, stop talking. Me was taking walking the plank, and/or keel hauling the crew if it continued, it got silent for a while and we resumed catching more than talking more.   After a while Big Ray says, but me was only letting you (Oneofthepack) catch up, now me scales where really ruffled, but I the end, as always, the cream came to the top.   Big Dale new to the Bay Flat Sr, not a season veteran of the ways, ins & outs for our spot numbers, techniques, and presentations, he did very good show of it, and me know as time goes by, he will be at his peak and be able to school with the best of us.   Oneofthepack held his own, had me moments, and was / is no need for me head to hang down, but had it not be for that big A_ _ catfish committing suicide, me thing me would have edge out Big Ray.   Big Ray had to many mile stones going for him, first fish, biggest Silverwonder, biggest fish, most fish, last fish, me think he ran the gamete of tell tales of success, so he be fisherperson of  the day, but there is always tomorrow and the day after.   SUGGESTIONS:   Run don’t walk, waste no time, go to Army Surplus store and pick up a few Nat hats, and if you like get the full body like in the attach picture.   Me not like nothing one hands, lotion, Nat spray, etc., but if you have a problem skin so soft, and other products may keep the nats off you, but don’t leave home without some plan for the nats, have plan “B’ & “C” on hand too.   Start time, suggest early be in you spot, fish bite all away all the way till about 11:30 that is when the boats started to run around looking for that honey hole.   Also choose your spot carefully, stay with it, give it plenty time, as if you move someone will take it, and you will have a hard time trying to find a spot to fish. They will be many, many, many, and even many boast out and about, especially the weekend, please be courteous, and on your best behavior and enjoy your time on the water as well as catching the elusive Silverwonders.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   “Fishermen are from Earth. Fisherperson are from Earth. Deal with it.”   O & A:   Is fisherpersons intelligence or wisdom more useful?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Big Curtis & Big May tomorrow Sat off water Sunday off water Monday Lake P troll trestles Tuesday Lake P troll trestles Wednesday Kansas Yankees to Delacroix Thursday off water Friday not sure Saturday grandkids trip Sunday not sure Until then: Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Some really good fishing out of Sweetwater today. Lots of beautiful speckled trout were caught. Most customers had great success. But, of course, there were a few that struggled..coming in with very few, if any, fish. We have plenty of beautiful, live shrimp for everyone coming down. The fish that were caught were caught all over the place. There were no select areas that were hotter than others. People seemed to catch all over. As far as for Sweetwater, we try to go above and beyond for each customer. It seems like we please 95 percent of the customers. Of course, there is always the small percentage that..nothing’s ever right for them. However, we do try our best to make sure each customer leaves our Marina with a smile on their face. We offer many services that a lot of other places don’t. We do things to help out our customers that others would not. We just hope that with all that we do..that our customers appreciate our service as much as we greatly appreciate y’all’s business. We hope that everyone that leaves Sweetwater has nothing but positive, great things to say about our business. After all, that is what we strive so hard for. So, put in a good word for us. Take us or leave us…we do our best to please you. And the few that we can’t please..probably aren’t pleased too easily. However, we still thank you for your business. We appreciate each customer. And we hope that each of you enjoy each and every trip to Delacroix, when you visit us here at Sweetwater. That all being said…come on down…the fishing is great, the service is outstanding here at Sweetwater, the food (available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) is mouthwateringly delicious, the lodging is the most conveniently located and it’s comfy, the charter captains that fish for us are awesome and the trip is a memory you’ll keep for a lifetime. Everything that we offer…we put our all in to make sure..the customer is satisfied. So, I’ll end this post like every other post…we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves our customers. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Fishing with the Soldiers and a THROWDOWN on da SHOWDOWN!!!!

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  First and foremost, we at Shore Thing Charters would like to thank all our men and women in the armed services for their service to this great country. We called in a favor to our good friend General Bill Glaskow, and asked if he could help us get some soldiers out on the water for Veterans Day. Literally took one phone call and it was a done deal. Since General was called out to do some work in Africa, he had help from his friends Jesse Lindsay, Chris Young, Chris Cambell and Dustin Robinson. I am sure we are gonna miss thanking someone, but please know we appreciate all the help. We had all 7 of our boats meet at the new Bay St Louis Harbor. The soldiers joined us early Veterans Day morning. The winds were howling, but we were all able to fish in the Bay. The guys and gals were about as nice a group of men and women you would ever wanna meet. It was nice to fish see my old pal Dustin Robinson on the boat. We fished together several years back, and have stayed in touch over the years. He has served under General Bill for several years, and was a big help getting things organized for this trip. He aint to shabby of a fisherman either… I think Dustin on my boat got the biggest fish of the day(a huge drum). From best we could tell, it looked like Capt Rays boat had the most fish. I think Capt Darrens boat had the biggest red fish. It really was never about who caught what though. It was just our way of saying GREAT JOB, and THANK YOU to this awesome men and women. Special thanks to our Shore Thing Guides for helping out. Matt Tusa Kenny Shiyou Alex McIngvale Darrien Ladner Raymond Necaise Jimmy Ray Thornton Great job fellas!!!! After we got back to the dock, Thomas Genin and his staff at The Blind Tiger Restaurant in downtown Bay St Louis welcomed EVERYONE up to his place in front of the harbor for LUNCH!!! Thomas and TBT do a free lunch for all military. His restaurants along the coast served THOUSANDS of lunches for our nations finest. It was a perfect way to end our trip with the soldiers. So Thanks again to our men and women of the armed services, and thank you for helping again this year Thomas Genin and The Blind Tiger Restaurant in downtown Bay St Louis, MS. The big trip of this week had to be our two days out at the LA Marsh with crew on THE SHOWDOWN. Mr John Dane asked if we could send out 3 boats for all day one day, and then half a day the next. Never one to back down from a challenge, myself and Captains Alex, Kenny, and Matt got after it. Do to the winds, the rides back and forth were a little sporty but the fishing was purdy darn fun. Mr John and his buddies have been doing these get together for their men’s group for years now. We were just thrilled to help. Due to the stout winds, the majority of the water we fished was murky. No worries, we just loaded down with extra live bait, and threw the Boat Monkey Corks ALOT. The majority of the keeper speckled trout we caught were where deeper drains emptied into shallow ponds. The fishing was good, but we did not have hardly any tide movement. Once we get a little more range in the tide, the bite should be very very good. Gotta say, the most fun was chasing the red fish in the shallow ponds deep in the marsh. Mr John was with me both days, but day 2 was really good. I took the Olympian and Phd (not kidding) deep back into a pond I only get to fish a couple times a year. The water was the perfect depth, and even in the windy conditions, we had reds coming right up to the boat. We had a couple of double hook ups, and plenty of singles. We did have a pack of about 15 reds swim right up to the boat in one small pocket. Mr John and his buddy Art were picken em off left and right. Heck, I even threw a bait in the madness. It was freakin awesome!!! Just keeping an eye on the weather and the tide. If it looks fishable, we will fish it. If the conditions do not look great, we will do our best to reschedule. Give us a shout if yall wanna wet a line. Thanks. ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4

Teaching the Old Dog, Oneofthepack, Old Tricks

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OK so Oneofthepack is spewing Bulls— all over. What actually happened was last Wednesday I made a trip with him and we slammed them. This Tuesday I made the trip with him and we slammed them. All trips HE made, in between those two, were skunkers so what I am saying is I had to get back on the water to teach that old dog some old dog tricks so he can start catching again. So I think I have him straight again but we will see Thursday. As far as yesterday I was begging for some help on catching but, you know, got to cut him some slack, he old. LOL. We will be back at it again tomorrow with a third mate and HOPEFULLY I get some help catching and cleaning because when we got back I cleaned while HE SLEPT in the truck. Great trip though.

Wind Challenge Conquered

TEAM JO-JO:   Today a plan trip with Big Ray, (friend for many years) he and Oneofthepack have been chasing Silverwonders for a long time.  Me guesstimate, our combine efforts equate to approximately 69,888 hours on the water chasing Silverwonders since we first met, 42 plus years ago, All other hours spent in ball parks, (re: our kids) vacations, work & sleeping.   SIGNS:   Got one hour sleep, just could not go to sleep Quick shower, load the FORD transporter Short drive to Waffle House in Oak Harbor, me 40 minute early for our 5 AM meet up Had a cup of coffee, and a big bowl of grist to past the time away Big Ray on time, load his gear if FORD transporter Off we, go, no wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Had a few boat on the Hwy, gas stations, and boat launches Passed on McDonnel, Waffle House in Chalmette, and Last Stop food store Big Ray & Oneofthepack on a mission to seek revenge on the elusive Silverwonders, as they have been very elusive on the last few trips Check pint Abel water level up a little Check point Bravo, water not moving in Reggio canal, not good By the time we arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr, you could hear the guns of the hunters taken aim on their prey, sound like some too a few shots to get them, me know the feeling me have seen a many dead ducks fly away from me after me shoot at them Motored over to Lionel’s for some go juice, then it was off to spot # 5 to start our day of fishing.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.E. wind at first when me got out of the truck, no says me not another day fighting that 25-35 MPH wind. Big Ray it supposed to calm down and so it did, we may have had 6-8 mph Cool temps to warm temps jump suite on all day Sunny & Clear Water temp 66.7F Water level up 6-8” Water clarity was a 3 minus on a scale of 1-7 Tide appeared to be just starting to fall, more current in some area than others, fell all morning Saw 8 plus boats out and about, bite stopped at around 8:45, then you could hear them running around, run around did we 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. Continue to stock Big Ray up for his family trip to Georgia, they to have a BIG fish fry. Hone in on me techniques / presentation for fishing lures in strong wind, and lack of tide. Re- position boat at various spot numbers at different angles for our presentation. Log in which best boat position for expected / actual wind conditions. Try to make it happen today Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (No problem, wind allowed us to fish all spot numbers without any impact on our presentation of lures.)   MOVING WATER: (No problem, however it was moving more in some spots than others, one spot we had a beautiful current line to fish, but wind and current made it hard to hold anchor, so we went to plan “B: and broke out our regular with chain on anchor, this did the trick we never moved an inch.)   WATER CALRITY: (Sill looking a little brown, (very fishable) we lost the lure 6-8” below surface of water, looked the same in just about every spot number with fished.   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 5 (40)t & spot # 61 8t, 20 (31)t)   PATIENTS: ( We hit spot # 5 at 6:42 AM, fish hard nothing, me just told Big Ray one more cast noting we moving, me had me hand on the anchor ready to pull it up when Big Rays, yells out, hold it, (time now 7:40) and we had entered our crazy 15 minutes. Bites lasted till around 8:45, we pulled up and did the Oak River Troll at spot # 5, put 2 more in the boat. PATIENTS, not need today.   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………99% FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(2) CAUGHT   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…………….9% FISIH CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE     3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….NOTHING   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………?????????   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook…………….01% CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   # 5 40T, #60, #61 (8) t, 20 (31) t, stopped fishing at 12:15, (left them biting) turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (79 ) NMR Silverwonders (6) Reds 4 throw backs (5) Stripe Bass (1) Banana fish (2) Oyster shells (1/2) Bushel of grass Saw a lot of wildlife out and about in / at our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, it was like Mother Nature said awaken and all the birds, ducks, Nutria, fishes came to life, it in itself made the trip. Tasty lunch as provided by Big Ray, luncheon meat sandwich, me happy he remembered me favorite meat, drinks & snacks where good too, all the more reason to have Big Ray back again. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   If you take into consideration who caught the first fish, biggest Silverwonder, caught his share of Silverwonders, last Silverwonder, netted the BIG ones, and cleaned ALL the fish, it would still not be enough for Big Ray to take the honors today\, as it was an Oneofthepack type day.   SUGGESTIONS: Bites where real early last awhile and they just stopped, it seem to stop all over the place, as the boats where running round looking. We found a copy of spots holding fish, and we were fishing current lines, fishing up drop offs, as the lure drifted with the current along the edge of the drop off, working lure slowly back to us.   Get early start Have plenty of 3” H&H Purple beetles Have plenty of H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook Don’t Cuss see Gus for your perfect , (makes all the difference in the world when fishing with lures) lure rig: Penn Battle II BTLII1000, spooled with GREEN 20# power pro St Croix TRS60MF rod (could not find a Shimano Clarus rod) Gus has (2) each of the reel and rod still in stock, get them while you can. Any question call us   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Accpet the fact that some fishing partners didn’t intend to let you down, their best is just less than you expected   O & A:   Is it better for a fisherperson to have a broad knowledge base or a deep knowledge base?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Off water tomorrow Thursday Big Dale & Big Ray bound  for Delacroix aboard the Bay Flat Sr Friday up next Big May & Big Curtis, they so looking for a catching trip, me hope we can make it happen. Saturday & Sunday up in the air Next week mostly booked for first mate and some Now is the time, it is not fishing anymore it just about all catching, hope to see all you fisherperson out and about, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sweetwater Marina

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Like Captain Jack said…there were speckled trout being caught everywhere today. Not just normal sized trout….Big trout. Close to the Marina, far from the Marina, trout everywhere. So, if you want to get your string stretched, come get in on the action. The weather should be great until Saturday night…there will be a weather change. So, we are in for 4-5 days of good fishing. Even the first part of Sunday will still be good..before the wind gets too strong. Also, we have a couple rooms available for Saturday night. Call and book now. We will keep you posted for the rest of the week. But the fishing is really good and going to stay that way until that little weather change. Also, we have plenty live bait for tomorrow! We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Castin’ Cajun Paradise Louisiana Marsh & Bayou Magazine Louisiana Fishing Blog  

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picture from vets day . Can anyone tell me an easy way to get pics from a phone?

Sweetwater Marina

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We have been so busy lately..it’s been crazy. Sorry about going MIA on the reports for a second there. Duck season went off with a huge success. Fishing, over the weekend, was pretty decent. Some people destroyed them, most caught a good amount and some didn’t catch any. Today’s news is..extreme wind. Capt. Jack went out on a charter today. They covered a lot of ground. They came back in at around 3 pm. They caught 50 beautiful specks and one black drum. Unbelievable how clean and salty the water is right now. This week coming up..starting tomorrow..should be some really good fishing. It is supposed to be warming up for the rest of the week. Clean/salty water + warmer weather = some good fishing. If you are looking to have some fun, come on down to the Marina and get in on some good action. Today’s action was hard with the wind..but don’t let that discourage you. The weather will be better and..in result, the fishing will too. And today they shot plenty of ducks along with yesterday. So, come see us down at Sweetwater Marina. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Castin’ Cajun Paradise Louisiana Marsh & Bayou Magazine Louisiana Fishing Blog

Sweetwater Marina

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Sharing for a hunter!***LOST CHOCOLATE LAB*** Here is another map image depicting the area where lab Zip disappeared. The yellow circle is the broken marsh area we were hunting and where Zip was last seen. The blue line indicates the bayou waterways and NW shoreline of Eugenie. If you’re a fisherman or duck hunter traveling these areas, please keep an eye out for Zip. We’re hoping she’s just gotten lost and roaming this area of the marsh. Any extra eyes would be deeply appreciated. She is sweet, not aggressive and answers to Zip or Zippy. Her family is already missing her. Pat at Hopedale Marina is a contact and you can also call or text Rob Parks at 228-547-2284. Thank you!

Vets day trout

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We decided to participate in the “WE HEART VETS” rodeo at the Dock on Sat. Got 100 shrimp and headed for Lake Catherine (again). We tried a point then headed to Bay Jaune where we caught them last week.  First cast we got a big one so we stuck the Talon and got on a pretty good bite with some really nice sized trout, think we measured 2 fish . I thought we would place in the rodeo for sure but we barely missed 3rd place .  Oh well. Several of our fish were 1 1/2 – 2 lbs. Largest was 2.4 lbs.  We started around 7:15 and finished at 10:00 with 22 nice trout and headed in to watch LSU kick butt. At 2:30 we went to the weigh-in at the dock to hang out for a while with the Vets and weighed 3 fish…all over 2 lbs but none made the board. It was a good feeling to support the Vets and was a good day fishing too. As long as I can catch 20 or 30 in my back yard I will be postponing the Delacroix trips for a while. I do think I hear Pointe Fienne calling though…..killed them in there last few years!  Thank you to all Vets out there in cyber-land! ( Can somebody out there tell me exactly how to post pictures directly from my phone?)

Another wind challange

TEAM JO-JO:   Me had no trip plane for today, but Monday trip with PJ to fish Lake P cancelled, and me got a call from Big Jim Saturday wanting to talk fishing and get some Intel of what going on in Lake p. Me called him back he caught 2 in Lake P Saturday, so me suggested we make a trip to our Disney World known as Delacroix Island Sunday, Big Jim was all in for this.   SIGNS:   Had a very delicious dinner at Tableau next to the theater Saturday night with Loveoftheapck, Big Marry Ann, & Big Charlie Play was a little slow, m slept through most of it. No problem sleeping, me just tired out Up early for our 5:00 AM meet up at Waffle House in Oak Harbor, Big Jim on time Passed on Waffle House, McDonnel, and Last Stop food store No wild life sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Big Jim a Yankee from Hattiesburg Mississippi, he was not filmier with Team Jo-Jo stumping / fishing grounds so me gave him the tour on the way out and on the way back of the various fishing holes, (Bar Pitts, Bayou Bienvenue, The Pen, Chef, Rigolets, Hwy 433, etc. etc.) and launches he can launch at. Many boast on Hwy, gas stations, and boat launches, hunterpersons & fisherpersons Check Point Abel water level up Check pint Bravo, very little tide at Reggio canal Arrived at home of Bay Flat Sr, gave me 5 minute safety speech to Big Jim, re: crossing Hwy, dock, and dock around boat. Wind meet me at the truck door, blowing ever so gusty, from the swaying of the Bay Flat Sr in her slings, me knew we were in for challenge day of wind fishing Big Jim like a big bear, he just grabs all in the back of the truck with one big swipe, did not take long to load the Bay Flat Sr up Yamaha Dream Machine true to form, one tune of key and she all fired up for our fun day on the water   CONDITIONS:   Perfect E.N.E. wind 25 to 30 MPH, steady she blew, and blow she did in every direction N/S/E/W Partly cloudy, sun came out to play later in the day Cool temps all day, jump suite stayed on all day, Big Jim he was like sunning himself all day, not cold at all. Water level up 8-10” Water temp 68.7F Water clarity on a scale of 1 -7 was a 3 minus, clear on top, but got brown sandy looking as lure descended, lost sight of lure about 6-8” below surface Tide rising all day, (nerve did turn and fall like tide chart indicated) it was pouring in with the hard E.N.E wind, we had to switch to 3/8 oz. Heads to keep lure on contact with bottom. Plenty of boats out & about, they running back and forth looking for the hot spot, which me think was not to be found today, for sure not by us. 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. Share with Big Jim, me loved for Delacroix and all it and Mother Nature has to offer down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island. Tour / explore zone 1 & 2 of our fishing grounds with Big Jim, try to show him the safe routes to run Catch a box of Silverwodners for Big Jim to share with family & friends at home Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:         WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Our challenge for the day, we had a number of spots with the wind behind us, some on a lee shore, others just anchored up in open water with wind at our back, we used our 2 Cajun Anchors to hold Bay Flat Sr & us parallel , (used / adjusted the 2 anchor lines to get the Bay Flat Sr in the positon / angel we wanted) with the wind, made it easy for casting, and to feel the lure / bites.   MOVING WATER: (Had plenty, but never did fall, it came in all day hard, when wind and tied going in same direction almost impossible to keep lure on bottom, when wind and tide going in opposite direction it made for a very rough surface to fish, but we both be challenged type fisherperson, so we just kept fishing all day.) WATER CALRITY: ( A 3 minus, not bad, very fishable, this not the reason for our success, and /or lack of today, it mainly that Oneofthepack could not figure them out and make it happen for us.) HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 6, and Spot # 2A produced more than 4-5 fish at each spot, but then they played out too.)   PATIENTS: ( Today was one of those need patient type days, very slow action, but me saw Big Jim fish out of Dockside and the patient he display that day, so me no we were from the same cloth, and waiting was not going to problem for either of us.) Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING, BOAT MOVING TO FAST   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…………….ALL FISH CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Spot # 64, 64B, 64A (1)t, 61C, 61B, 61A, 61, 60, 20,21,22,23, 24(2)T, 6 (8)T, 5, 14B, 14, 2A (8)T, 17 stopped fishing around 1;30 PM turn the Bay Flat Sr north for a very slow bumpy ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (19 ) Silverwonders, 9 throw backs (2) Throwback reds (1) crab (1) oyster shell (1) Bottom (0) tangled lines Go some much need experience fishing a hard wind Go some experience fishing a tide that never happen, re” no falling tide Spending the day on the water with new friend, Big Jim, (he too one of the best fisherpersons me know) and Oneofthepack met up at Dockside one day at the finish of a fishing trip, me gave him some lures, and bragged about Delacroix, me glad he got to make e trip with us, hope he likes fishing Delacroix. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one. FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Jim, he caught all the reds, most of the Silverwodners, and his fair share of wind knots, it was a very close challenge, he just out fished / caught me in the end, he be fisherperson of the day, but me invited him back for a rematch soon.   SUGGESTIONS:   This wind had me a little baffled, not to mention the tide, and/or lack their off, me know the fish are there, but boat position, angle of cast, and current speed is a little out of sync, or may be Oneofthepack is out of sync.   However trips like this are the best advocate of “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” motto/ attitude that Team Jo-Jo has in abundance.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Sometimes me guess I will have “play me” and “waste my time” written on lure   O & A:   Why do fisherpersons have such a strong urge to distract ourselves from the real world?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday me be fishing and me hope catching, until then:   Good Fishing Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Windy weekend trip

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Finally got to make a trip with my brother’s B-I-L, Kenny Adams, and his regular fishing partner Donie. They also have a love for the Biloxi Marsh so that’s where we headed in spite of the wind prediction of 10-15 . Met up at Rigolets Marina at 5am , grabbed 100 live shrimp and off we went. Lake Borgne was not a happy camper so Capt. Said “foul weather gear ON“. Made a fairly decent ride across in Kenny’s 24’ TRITON and into False mouth and on to Bob’s Lakes area. First stop where it was on Wednesday, and WTH, incoming tide, Neither Kenny or I knew what to do there on a incoming tide, so we just drifted the shoreline chunking live shrimp under a popping cork, I stuck with the lemonhead till two specks (Donie) hit the box while I distracted the throwbacks. Made a move to another canal and found cleaner water and a fairly regular bite, 3-1 throw backs , BUT , a steady bite none the less, made a few drifts and moved deeper into the marsh where we caught NOTHING. Headed back into bob’s lakes and nada, decided to find the reds that were plentiful Wednesday and the high water had them feasting in new diners only open in high water episodes. Popped out the marsh in Bay Marron and Kenny spotted birds off in the distance, quick run up wind of the action ,short drift , spot lock on and BAM 2 14” specks in the box. Action was non stop but the throwbacks were plentiful , we stayed on the feeding specks till the birds and specks both disappeared then Kenny hooked into MOBY RED and the chase was on, Kenny won and called time so he could get Donie back for a appointment. We all agreed catching 11.5” trout is as much fun as 12” trout when the action is nonstop so we declared it was a successful trip. NOW back to lake Borgne, Not a friendly place today. Second trip this month with skippers that are as familiar with the Biloxi marsh as I am, I COULD GET USED TO THIS!! Steady 15+ ENE wind, incoming tide , water stained everywhere , some spots better than others. Water temp 66deg.All keeper fish caught on live shrimp under a cork till we fished the birds then clear plastics worked great. Finished the day at noon with 40 specks 12-14” Many throwback specks 1 36” red Wife wants to go Monday, (only if Lake Borgne cooperates)

Journey of Intel

When me cannot, (Today going to play with Loveofthepack, me did not want to temp faith, as me have missed many lunches / dinners / outings, and even x/mas eve party, cause the Silverwonders started biting late in the day) go fishing the next best cure for all me ailments is to go on a journey checking out, (gathering Intel) all the boat mariners / launches to see where all the fisherpersons are fishing out of.   Crossing Lake P this morning counted 31 boats, the majority of tem fishing Northside of lake, me think they trying to stay out of the wind. Majority also fishing east side of trestles, don’t understand this with an incoming tide.   Even checked a couple landlubber hot spots to see what cooking at those locations, did not see much action at those spots either.   Talked to Big Jim, he out in Lake P all morning, caught 2 fish, he & me to attack Delacroix in the AM.   Talked to Big Andrew him out in Lake P Friday around noon, nothing not even a bite.   Called Big PJ to share intel, and we discussed the odds of catching Silverwonders trolling Lake P where , told him slim and none, with that Big PJ and me agreed Lake P not ready yet so we cancelled out for Monday. Offered to take him to Delacroix, but he cannot make an all day trip, so we cancelled out.   So for all you fisherpersons wondering what going on in others areas, and whom fishing where, see attach pictures for additional info.   Had a good work out at Cross Gate this morning, did not do me swimming as it was a little cool for that, feeling great looking forward to play tonight and fishing tomorrow.   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Capt. Jody Donewar

(504) 453-1519
UNBELIEVABLE BITE IN COLD FRONT CONDITIONS! This morning we had the pleasure to guide Raymond, Barbara, Joel & Kenneth from Georgia.  It was there first trip with us and what a trip they had. We left out of Delta Marina with stiff northerly winds and chilling temperature. We anchored up on an oyster reef and went to work. The crew had a trip of a lifetime as the Speckled Trout were in a feeding frenzy. BIG THANKS TO RAYMOND, BARBARA, JOEL & KENNETH! YA”LL SMOKED EM! Capt. Jody Donewar 504 453 1519 www.thedeltamarina.com www.seatow.com www.finsfishing.com www.metroboating.com  

Sweetwater Marina

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Wow what a big weather change we had today! I forgot it gets cool in November. We launched a decent amount of boats today. Overall, it was pretty slow. At least 3 boats did pretty good. Chef Richy, the guy who works the food trailer, caught 60 trout. He used matrix shad Avocado on the bottom. Double rigs. Some other customers that did pretty good used live shrimp. However, some of our customers that came in today only had a handful. Tomorrow looks like it should be a pretty great day. Seems like the wind laid down a bit this afternoon. We are looking forward to a big weekend coming up..the opening weekend of duck season. We know we are going to make a lot of people mad with what we are about to say..but it’s a fair warning. We don’t have unlimited parking at Sweetwater Marina. And we know a lot of duck hunters come down. It seems like every year..one duck hunter comes with a boat and had five friends show up in separate vehicles. So, since those five separate cars..takes up five spaces….it takes away spots from our fisherman and other hunters that are buying bait and launch (which means parking). There is only limited parking in Delacroix itself. So, please ride in one vehicle. Each stray car, truck, motorcycle, whatever…will be charged $10 for parking. We need spaces for people coming to pay for launches and parking and for people buying shrimp, etc. Fair warning to ride together. Because after this weekend we may no longer be your favorite Marina, when you get charged a ten dollar launching fee for your small car, big truck, motorcycle, etc. Look at everywhere else that makes you pay to park..jazz fest, the superdome, etc. we have smaller parking space than those places. I don’t really believe that this is unfair. Space is space. People that pay ten dollars for a launch are paying to launch there boat and keep their vehicle parked in our parking lot. If all these stray cars take up all the spaces for FREE..then where do our paying customers park? Sorry guys. But we have to do what we have to do to make it work around here during the busy season. And also be prepared to pay BEFORE you launch. Someone will be on the street collecting the ten dollar fee. So have this ready it would be easier, if you paid the launch fee cash. Because you will have to pay before you even enter our parking lot. Reason being….dishonest people. You will get a parking pass to put in your windshield. It HAS to be in there. No more “I have to walk all the way back to put this in the windshield” nope now we are saving you the trip. If you have only card, you’ll be asked to pull to the side. Go in, pay for your launch, come back out with a ticket for your dash, then you can launch and park. No more playing these did he pay or did he not games. Sorry. We are being ripped off by too many people not paying for the launch. We don’t care who you are, how much you come, etc. we appreciate all your business and thank you for choosing Sweetwater. But you all have to understand and work with us, because it is a business. And we need to be paid for our services. Capt. Jack fished Monday afternoon (ending with 7 reds and 7 black drum) (from 4 to dark). Tuesday morning he went with his buddies (caught 77 speckled trout, at least ten sheepshead and 3 black drum) that evening they went back (caught 5 reds, 4-5 black drum, a million undersized redfish) (honestly, it was at least 50 small redfish) (never seen so many small redfish) (which we are guessing, in the near future, we will have some great red fishing going on). Wednesday morning they went again (caught 12 reds, 20 black drum, 40 speckled trout and one of the biggest sheep heads I’ve ever seen and 2-3 fresh water cats, and a lot of bass that were released and millions of baby reds again). They went out again Wednesday evening. (it was staring to get cool and windy) (from 4 till dark) (caught 10 big reds, 3 fresh water cars and 2-3 black drum) Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge. Castin’ Cajun Marsh & Bayou Magazine Paradise Louisiana Louisiana Fishing Blog

Capt. Jody Donewar

(504) 453-1519
COLD & WINDY BUT WE GOT IT DONE This morning we had the pleasure to guide regulars from Turn Services. It was a two boat trip with Capt. Jon Lemle running the second boat. We left out of Delta Marina early as the cold front came through southeast LA.   Definitely not the best of conditions as the temperature was dropping and the wind was whipping out the north. We got lucky and found the fish on a protected oyster reef.  It was steady action with a mixture of throw backs and keepers. The crew had a good morning finishing up with a nice catch. BIG THANKS TO TURN SERVICES! Capt. Jody Donewar 504 453 1519 www.thedeltamarina.com www.seatow.com www.metroboating.com www.finsfishing.com  

A Delacroix Winnder

TEAM JO-JO:   First Mate for today was Big Tony, (met on rodnreel.com) he and Oneofthepack have fished together a couple times before. Big Tony saw post for first mate earlier in the week, made the call and we were all set up for today.   SIGNS:   Wednesday, Dr. in the morning, Dr. in the evening, (all is well) should be through with them for a while, calendar clear for fishing. Big Tony & me where to talk at 4:00 PM Wednesday, but me left phone home, not good Loveofthepack & Oneofthepack wind up in the French Quarter helping Sonofthepack move some items into his new apartment, got home at 9 PM. Made the call to Big Tony, we a go meet up 5:30 AM at Team Jo-Jo official meeting place, Waffle House, in Chalmette No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90, not good, did see 1 road kill NO boast on Hwy, gas stations, and not many ta the boat launches. Passed on Waffle House, McDonnell, Last Stop food store, did stop at gas station to get an oversize biscuit, and mike to hold me over to lunch Check Point Able water level looked about normal Check Point Bravo, not much, if any moving water at Reggio Canal, not good sign here Arrived at home of the Bay Flat Sr. truck door hard to pen, wind blowing keeping it close, not a good sign Quick transfer of our gear from FORD transporter to Bay Flat Sr One turn of the key, Yamaha Dream Machine fired right up, she ready to go. Made a stop at Lionel’s for some go juice, not many boats in lot, not a good sign Off to spot # 14 to start our day, this # best for the wind we had   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Wind 25 to 35 N.N.E. TO north, blew steady all day Partly cloudy all day, nice!!!!! Cold to cool temps, had jump suite on for a while, took off, then had to put back on again, the wind was blowing right through me. Big Tony had his jump suite on too, did the same on / off/ on. Water level normal Water temp 76.8 Tail end of a rising tide, start of a falling tide, it was still falling very slowly when we left at noon Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, fishable, but stained and cloudy looking. Did not see one boat out and about, had the whole place for ourselves   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. Catch a box of Silverwonders for Big Tony & his crew to have fish fry Accept / Solve the challenge of fishing strong north wind Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not going to happen today, it blew from every angle known to man, even the lee shores had white caps. We did managed to find a spot that had the wind like 45 * across our bow, which put the wind on about a 30* angle to our back, but we still had a bow in our line with a circumference of about 12 feet trying to fish with lures. At # 60 we got on a good bit, caught 3, than the wind blew us off anchor, me no like this at all, took a while to get back on them)   MOVING WATER: (Tide was falling, no current line, and the spot we had almost out of the wind, the north wind held the tide up to almost a dead still tide. As we moved down Oak River we found a great current line, but the wind kept blowing us off anchor, so much for Cajun Anchors in heavy winds.)   WATER CALRITY: (Not the problem, water was fishable, stain it be, would like to see a steady days of a 5 type clarity.)   HOLDING FISH: (# 60 caught (15) t, slow everywhere else.   PATIENTS: ( Needed / had we, anchored up at 9 AM stayed, (no use running around in all this wind)  to 11:30 AM, catching one every now and then, more every than now. But me & crew made it through the day with great conversation and hunting and fishing stories)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..Nothing, wind had us traveling at 2.3 MPH, not good   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…………….CAUGHT ALL FISH     3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   # 14, 5 (1) T, 9, 9A, 25, 24 (1) T, 23, 21, 20, 60B, 60 (14) T, 61, 61C (1) T, stopped fishing at noon, me concerned about rough ride back across Little Lake, wind was blowing, but tide must have been slack, as we did not have that big wave, rough ride at the mouth of Bayou Long, Pencil Canal, and/or Bayou Gently, not a bad ride back at all.     OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day ( 17) NMR Silverwonders, 2 throw backs (4) throwback reds (1) Bottom (1) Yamaha Dream Machine (3) strangled lines (1) Bushel of grass Excellent sandwiches, snacks, and drinks as provide by Big Tony, thanks man Lots of fresh cool fresh air for our lungs Did not get wet from any rain, clouds all around us Spending a windy day on the water with one of the almost best fisherperson me know, Big Tony Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Tony brought all the food & drinks, he gets an honorable mention for that.     SUGGESTIONS:   Me know a lot of fisherpersons look for / try to pick the perfect day to go fishing/ catching, me can best describe me idea of a perfect day would conditions we had today, (little less wind, but not much) this me kind of day for a few reasons, reason as follows: Not many boats out and about, fair weather fisherperson stay home No sun to burn you up And me have caught more fish under these condition than any other condition you can dream up Couple the above and our motto, “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” me think more catching trips will out weight the fishing trips.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Me think today the Silverwonders & Oneofthepack’ S Circadian Rhythm was off today   O & A:   Is being catch less / suffering a necessary part of the fisherpersons condition? What would fisherpersons who never had a catch less / suffered be like?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Off water tomorrow Saturday go to play in evening with Loveoftheapck Sunday a possibility of fishing Monday Big PJ & Oneofthepack will be trolling the trestles in Lake P, Big PJ has intel we cannot ignore Tuesday????? Wednesday off water Thursday Big Curtis / Big May or Big Dale Friday Big Curtis / Big May or Big Dale Hope to see all you fisherpersons and hunterpersons out and about, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Cast and Blast Charters-Captain Chris Pike

(504) 427-4973
We got DUCKS!!!! Duck season starts this Saturday, and the ducks have showed up in time! We have actually had a pretty steady amount of ducks that have been trickling in over the last few weeks and this weekend is going to be a GREAT opener, and we still have openings! Theres a good front pushing through tonight, which will push even more birds down for us, and with the unbelievable amount of feed we have on our property, the birds should stay a while. We have everything ready for this upcoming season, as we have finished touching up all our blinds, finished rigging decoys, and testing our new boats out! The fishing has absolutely been on fire down here, so don’t forget about our “Cast and Blast” special, or come down for just a morning hunt. Check us out at www.LaSaltwaterFishing.com as we still can fit you in this weekend, or CALL NOW at 504-427-4973

Capt. Jody Donewar

(504) 453-1519
SMOKED EM THIS MORNING! We had the pleasure to guide regulars Kenny Pitts and Billy Kelly from TX. Left out of Delta Marina early and anchored up on the same spot we caught em yesterday. The guys were casting live shrimp under popping corks.  I was tight lining Matrix Shad soft plastics. The fish were steady coming over the gunnel as Deckhand Heather shucked fish off the hooks.  GREAT JOB HEATHER!!! BIG THANKS TO KENNY & BILLY! Capt. Jody Donewar 504 453 1519 www.thedeltamarina.com www.seatow.com www.metroboating.com www.finsfishing.com  

Sweetwater Marina

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In case you were wondering, the fish are still biting down here in Delacroix. All the interior marshes have plenty of fish for all to come, catch and leave happily. People are coming in with limits. Few don’t. But..none of our customers leave frowning. And that says something….the fishing is pretty dang good. So, don’t pass up the opportunity to make a trip to Sweetwater. You won’t regret it. The fishing-great. The service-great. The bait- great. We have been busy, busy, busy even on Monday and Tuesday..that’s when you know the fishing is good. Our customers are skipping work and coming fishing. Capt. Jack went out today. He will be going out again tomorrow and Thursday. We had three charter boats go out. They all did well. A picture from Capt. Jack’s trip today will be included in this post. Anyways, you get it the fishing is great…for more Sweetwater news..we are pretty booked for lodging. However, if looking for specific dates, please call asap. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on lodging with us..our lodges are conveniently located, comfy and reasonably priced. Wake up right across from the water. Have your boat already waiting in the water for you and your crew. Grill your fish on our porch, while looking out at the bayou. Our Marina is conveniently located right across the street. We would love to have you. Also, don’t forget about our captains. They are all amazing and would love to take you out on a guided fishing trip. They’ll bring you out and make sure you return with plenty of fish. Anything you may need..they’ll take care of it. Capt. Jack has been in the charter business for many, many years. He Works well with children, the elderly, everyone! He has a great personality on top of knowing how to put you on the fish. One of the best. So, call now and find a date for a charter. The fishing is absolutely fabulous right now. This is the time to book your charter. When you come down, don’t forget about our food trailer. Chef Richy is here Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He makes pulled pork sandwiches, shrimp poboys, hamburgers, wings, fries and gumbo. It is all super delicious. You will definitely return for more. Come see Chef Richy this weekend for a tasty lunch. We are so looking forward to seeing all of our customers, whether is to come and fish, stay at our lodge, charter with one of our captains, eat at our food trailer or just to visit….we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves, appreciates and cares for its customers. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Getting Better Everyday

TEAM JO-JO:   Finally Big Ronnie & Oneofthepack found a time slot to make a fishing trip, me was beginning to think, (between us) we would have to take our doctors & pharmacists with us to make a trip, and not to mention the bill collectors.   SIGNS:   Monday trip would be hard to live up to Had a hot date, (exclusive date no other kids or Meme could go) last evening with Big Vienne, (5 Granddaughterofthepack) her and me both fell asleep at the dinner table, but when me got home had a good night sleep, all 6 hours of it before the start of a new fishing trip. Up early, somewhat awake, took a while for me to unfold out of the bed. No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90, not a good sign Met up (5AM) at Team Jo-JO official meeting place Waffle House in Chalmette, Big Ron on time, quick breakfast and we on our way Plenty, plenty boats along the Hwy, gas station, and launches, me think 80 plus boast launched out of Lionel’s, Sweetwater, and rigs that stay down there. Check point Able water level up2-3” Check pint Bravo slack tide at Reggio canal Road down is being repaired, a lot of traffic coming back, fisherperson wanting to go home, and some wanting to go out, is controlled, but you may have a little wait to get through it. Arrived at Bay Flat Sr, took Big Ron & Oneofthepack no time to load her up. Yamaha Dream Machine felt like she started just by me looking at key Passed on Lionel’s we had all we needed on board the Bay Flat Sr Off to spot # 5 to start our fun day of fishing. From the position of the sun above the horizon, it appeared we were about 40 minutes behind schedule. As me making the turn from Bayou Gently, to pipeline canal form Lost Lake (3) guide boats loaded with very anxious fisherpersons aboard, all most ran us over, but they had the right away as they on me right, all was safe. As we arrived at spot # 5, position Bay Flat Sr, made a few cast his comes another guide loaded with crew, they yelling & yelping, Capt raised his hand in the air and yield sorry as he went by leaving a 2-3 foot wake behind him. Before me could do anything thing Big Ronnie going down as he was standing up fishing, went down to his knee to keep from going over board, my camera was not out are me would have taken a picture of the boat, but the Capt was wearing a purple shirt. Almost the end of a great trip before we got started. Back to fishing   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Calm wind, then slight wind from west, then N.W. 6-8 MPH, nice breeze all day Partly cloudy, but mostly sunny Cool temps in the am, warm later in the day, very pleasant day Water level up 2-3” Water Temp 78.2 Tide, slack, than fell all morning, nice strong tide, with many current line to fish Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was still a 3 minus clear but brown and cloudy looking, lost lure down 6-8” Boats all over you could look in any direction and count 2-3 boats fishing the marsh We got back to the launch around 9:50, and they already had boast back, everybody was catching fish today   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr and the Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Get Big Ronnie out of the house and on the water, let him take in some fresh air into his lungs. Help catch a box of fish for Big Ron, as me know his neighbors must be wondering where all the fish are, since he be no going for a while, me think he feeds the whole neighborhood. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not enough wind to be concerned about, but we did have one spot wind at our back, made for long cast with no impact on lure performance or our presentation.)   MOVING WATER: (No problem form the start, falling and falling good especially at our chock down spots.)   WATER CALRITY: (No bad at a 3 minus, but still not at its best it can be, very fishable and catchable.)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 5, we only left it to try and top the box off (10 needed) with some Big Girls, but it seemed that all spots where holding fish as the boats pretty much stayed put all morning / day.)   PATIENTS: ( First cast, and it was on, on, on, action never stopped, steady all morning, patients, what’s that!!!)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..DID NOT TRY     Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   Dead bait………NONE   Live bait…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE:   3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….100% fish caught with this lure     3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………Nothing   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A     AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   #5 (69)t, 21 (10T, stopped fishing around 9:30, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.     OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day ( 79 ) NMR Silverwonders (2) White trout (3) throwback reds (4) Tangled up lines Saw a lot of little crabs swimming with tide, this a real good sign Having a discussion / augment on who tangled who’s line, Big Ron’s says go ahead argue w/me, cause me know you cannot argue at home, well said says me Best luncheon meat sandwich me had in a look time, thanks Big Mel, (Big Ron best half) appreciate the food & drinks Sharing a trip with Big Ron, co-worker & friend for many, many, many years, as with this trip it is always a pleasure to travel with him in any direction, any needed, and of course Big Mel is surely included in this comments. It has been said many times god has a special place for her in heaven, and me know she still love Big Ron, cause he still cute. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Me wish me could say Big Ron, well lest just say Oneofthepack could not keep up with him. He was on a run, Big Ron looks at me and says, we both have 10# mono green line, ¼ oz. H&H white head with gold hook, 3” purple H&H beetles, throwing in the same exact spot, sitting 3 feet apart, could it just be me a better fisherperson today. Me has no answer for him, but there is always tomorrow.   SUGGESTIONS:   If you saving for a money rainy day and vacation for fishy day, you might want to dig up one of the CDM cans in the back yard, call in sick and make your way down to Delacroix. Me think the only way you will not catch anything if you go, is to throughout a jig head with nothing on it, and me not sure about that!!!!!!!   Do it before Thursday as me think conditions may change then, fishes on?   PONDER OF THE DAY:   “When a fisherman goes on a date, he wonders if he is going to get lucky. A fishperson already knows.”   O & A:   How important is fishing in living a healthy and fulfilling life?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Tomorrow off Thursday Big Tony Friday Veterans Day at school with Big Vienne Sat fishing Lake P with Big PJ trolling we go Sunday no fish day Open all next week, fish all week all day, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Capt. Jody Donewar

(504) 453-1519
FALL BITE IN SUMMER LIKE WEATHER! We had the pleasure to guide Don & Whitney Anglin & Jeff Sharp from the Jackson, MS area. Left out of Delta Marina early with beautiful weather and made one stop over an oyster reef.    The water was clear with the tide falling out. Casting live shrimp under popping corks the crew got a good bite going and loaded the ice chest with 75 fine Speckled Trout. BIG THANKS TO DON, WHITNEY & JEFF! Capt. Jody Donewar 504 453 1519 www.thedeltamarina.com www.seatow.com www.metroboating.com www.finsfishing.com  

Fishing with my best friend 11-6-17

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Robo call Friday telling me about a dr appt Monday at 6:45, WHO KNEW? Showed up as notified and lady at window said “robo got you mixed up with another Robert, AAAHHH fishing 1.5 hours earlier than planned. Called wife and told her to pack a lunch, I’m on my way home. Quick launch at Fort Pike and off to False Mouth Byu at 8:42am. Perfect ride across a glass smooth Lake Borgne and first cast at a point in Bob’s lakes at about 9:30. Hard falling tide all day gave me and the trolling motor a work out and the bite was just not happening, a few throw back specks and white trout had us moving into the marsh to try drains into deep water , missed the daylight bite so it looked like a fish per spot day. Fished our way back toward Byu Biloxi hitting some nice tidelines at intersections and drains till we got to cutoff lagoon , all spots 1 maybe 2 specks and then nothing. Fish story of the day was a 26” red that wife hooked and when he figured he was hooked ran under the boat, just as I was going to lift the trolling motor I felt the line scrape and GONE. Started to re-rig Sue’s pole when she saw the cork traveling down the bank. OH NO, aint no red getting away with MY expensive equipment (cork, jig head and lemonhead matrix, probably tally up at $1.25 before tax ). Grabbed a tight line rig took the plastic off the H&H ¼ oz round white head wiyh short gold hook, and started chunkin ahead of the cork, 5 tries and the cork stops dead in the water, red must have spit the hook, made one cast and snagged the cork and BAM fight was on again, couple of half hearted runs and in the net he went, high fives between husband and wife red catching team and back to looking for specks. Popped out of a byu into a pond and both 69 year old bodies said ENOUGH, 3:35pm. Nice ride back to Fort pike, easy pickup with only 1 truck and trailer in the lot. Tide falling hard all day, water temp 71-75, clear every where we tried (easily see the bait 2 feet down), little to no wind and some overcast , GNATS were thick early. Lesson learned, don’t miss the daylight bite if possible. Next trip tomorrow with Brothers, B.I.L , be nice to just sit back and fish. Finished the day with 20 specks 12-18: 1 white trout 11”(looked bigger in the box by himself) 1 red 26”

NHBA Fishing Tournament

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On Friday, October 13 the annual NHBA Fishing Tournament presented by Interior/Exterior Building Supply and Abita Lumber was held at the Rigolets Marina in Slidell. The weather was beautiful and all of our anglers had a great time! Entry fees were $60 for members and $100 for non-members. Check out the tournament results and photos! Category 1st 2nd 3rd Speckled Trout S. Baham E. Pullman C. Cusimano Redfish < 27” S. Fink T. Fitzmorris T. Fitzmorris Bull Red > 27” P. Henry S. Sullivan C. Cusimano Black Drum Simpson J. Allen R. Allen Flounder S. Monticino Simpson  – Sheepshead P. Benoit   –  – Open Division S. McCarroll  –  – Ladies Division C. Cusimano  –  – Junior Division W. Luther  –  – Redfish with Most Spots P. Meijia  –  – 5 Trout Stringer L. Wagner  –  –

Trout retreat

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My 8th grader at PJP was off due to a teacher retreat so I took off  too….looks like a fishing trip to me!  Boat was already in water behind house (Eden Isles) so instead of the normal Delacroix trip at this time of year we went to Lake Catherine armed with live shrimp. First stop we caught a couple but the gnats were killing us so we left and headed towards the south shore of the lake. Next stop nothing, then we drifted a cove and caught about a dozen….it slowed so we headed to Bay Juane and got on a good bite. We had 31 in the boat and somebody got antsy and wanted to go try the trestles. So we left fish to find fish (mistake) and caught one more trout and headed in with 32. Didn’t have to measure most, and a couple of 2-3 pounders. Nice fish on a beautiful day.

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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This past week I had the pleasure of guiding 2 nice gentlemen from the state of Oklahoma, Mr Terry Gray and his buddy Mr Ron. We started the day in search of trout and caught a mess then went in search of redfish. The latter plan proved to be more productive as the reds seemed to be more willing to play on this day. We fished the marshes east of Lafitte to add a nice limit of redfish to the box along with some bonus puppy drum and a nice sheep. Fresh shrimp under popping corks did the damage on the hard fighters and Capt Lane’s Ghost Minnows fooled the trout for us. Many thanks to Mr Terry and Mr Ron for an enjoyable day on the water spent with new friends. We hope to see these guys again soon! LOTS OF OPENINGS FOR DECEMBER AND THE FISHING SHOULD BE EXCELLENT!   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP WITH LAFITTE’S HARDEST WORKING, MOST PROFESSIONAL FISHING TEAM, GIVE US A CALL AT 504-689-2006 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO captainphil02@cox.net to GET YOUR CHARTER ON THE BOOKS. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT WWW.fishwithphil.com FOR MORE GREAT INFO AND REPORTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUIDES READY TO GO AND NICE LODGING AVAILABLE, ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. ALL OF OUR BOATS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED 23 TO 25 FT CENTER CONSOLE BAY BOATS THAT INCLUDE POWER POLES FOR MORE EFFICIENT BOAT POSITION. WE USE QUALITY SPINNING AND CASTING REELS MOUNTED ON AWESOME TFO INSHORE RODS LOADED WITH POWER PRO BRAIDED LINE. THE ORIGINAL H&H SOFT PLASTICS AND GOLD SPOONS ARE STANDARD LURES ON OUR COMBOS AND WE PROVIDE MARKET SHRIMP WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. WE ARE LOCATED A SHORT 35 MINUTE DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HAVE A CHOICE OF 3 GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS 5 MINUTES FROM THE MARINAS. TWO OF WHICH WILL PREPARE YOUR CATCH FOR A MEMORABLE MEAL FOR SURE!  SO COME ON DOWN TO LAFITTE AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD FISHING, CAPT MIKE HELMER    

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

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NICE DAY ON THE WATER This past Thursday I had the pleasure of guiding good friends David and Denise Klausner who were in the city for a Saints game and for Seafood Fest. I have had the pleasure of having David and Denise on my boat for several years. The guys normally release all of the fish they catch and this trip was no exception though they didn’t mind me keeping a few to be enjoyed at home. We enjoyed great weather and steady fishing for redfish and black drum which is the usual targeted species. A bunch of good fish were landed and released to fight another day which can be a good thing for a change. A great time was had by all on board and the trip could not have gone better. Many thanks again to David and Denise for their return business and for a great day on the water spent with good friends. I look forward to next time! WE HAVE LOTS OF OPENINGS FOR LATER THIS MONTH AND FOR DECEMBER. GIVE US A CALL TO SET UP YOUR TRIP AND COME ON DOWN AND ENJOY SOME OF THE YEAR’S BEST FISHING!   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 time is NOW

TEAM JO-JO:   Big Dwayne responded to Team Jo-Jo’s request looking for a first mate for Thursday or Friday, but as luck would have it Big Curtis & Big May had to cancel, (me know they not be happy campers re: missing trip)  out for today, so Big Dwayne jumped aboard the Bay Flat Sr and right into the open slot. He and Oneofthepack where on a mission down in our Disney World known as Delacroix to find the elusive Silverwodners.   SIGNS:   Had a great Sunday trip / journey with Loveoftheapck Big MaryAnn, & Big Charlie, we took a ride to Ocean Springs Mississippi to go shop at the Arts & Craft show, and to celebrate Loveofthepack’ S (??) birthday. The show had 800 plus vendors, and the ladies visited 802 of them, good time had by all. Saints won, good sign LSU lost but as far as me concern it was a win, thanks to Coach O and the LSU Tiger’s effort, “GO TIGERS”. Once gain a night with very little sleep, me 2 hours max UP early. Loaded up the FORD transporter, headed over to Waffle House in Oak Harbor for a 4:30 AM meet up with Big Dwayne. Me was concern about eh daylight saving time, and if me had the time right, but we were on time and right on schedule to see the sun come up, what a life No wildlife sightings along Hwy 11 or 90 Plenty boats on the Hwy, gas stations, and boat launches, me no body works anymore, or that all the fisherpersons me aged have retied and all they do is fish. Passed n Waffle House, McDonnel, and Last stop food store, like me said on a mission Check point Able water level up a little. Good sign. Check point Bravo tide bailey moving at Reggio canal, good sign We reach the home of the Bay Flat Sr, no need for safety speech as Big Dwayne has fished with us 4 or 5 times in the past, he knew the routine, and has made a great effort for continuing education, (First Mate home school course) me think he has mastered the voice activated power, but still struggle with tying a bowline, me hope he has this down pat before our next trip. Made a stop at Lionel for some go juice, but me forgot me filled up after our last trip, me think the e tank took ¼ of a gallon. 2 pounds of dead bait and we off to spot # 14 on the map to start our day.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Wind calm, then 3-4 E.S.E than shifted to N.N.W. 4-6 mph, nice all day Sunny & Clear Mild to warm temps Water level down 4-6”, with water falling even lower when we got back Water Temp 77.8F Falling all day, we left at 11:50 AM and it still falling pretty good. Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, lost the lure 8-10” below surface, had a real satin look, brown and sandy looking water. Current liens at every point, well define lines, perfect it be Plenty, plenty boats out and about. Saw 11 along the trestles on the way home, also saw THE BOAT the fisherperson that trolls, he knows, what knows need to be known, look out World Series trout time is near!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on 18 foot Lake Sport, with a 90 HP 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. Me wanted to travel farther out to seek what be, so we made it as far as the Twin Pipeline, but water not looking good at all, and not one fish did we catch. Needed a box of fish for Big Dwayne & his clan Utilize the Intel me got from Big Pablo from his Saturday trip, spot # 5 & 6 was his suggestion. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Not much wind, easy pickings, fish any angle you wanted no impact on lures or technique.)   MOVING WATER: (Moving from the start, falling, current lines all over the place, pushed us into some diving Seagulls. Used it to our advantage, even helped us with the Oak River Troll technique.)   WATER CALRITY: (OK, 3 minus at best, as we traveled out to Twin Pipeline water looked worst, so we headed back in quickly. Never made to Orange Bayou, but me think water would have been cleaner there.)   HOLDING FISH: (Everywhere we went caught a few, but # 5 & 60 produced the most, # 20 had a good run too.)   PATIENTS: ( Took all of 20 minutes to find the mother load, from then on no patients needed, as the action was steady & ready.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………52 FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(12) T CAUGHT   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork …….. (18) T CAUGHT, UNDER BIRDS THEY WHERE SAMLL.     Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   Dead bait………NOTHING   Live bait…………………NONE   ·      LURE DU JOURE:   3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook……………. 60% OF FISH CAUGHT     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……………40% OF FISH CAUGHT   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A   Multi-color Twister matched up with 1/8 oz. head, with spinner, caught all other fishes.   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   # 14, #5 (10)T, #14 BIRDS (18)T, 14, 15, 5 (24)T, 6 (8)T, 43,44,45,46,49, 49A (twin pipeline dirty water), 24,23 (3)t, 21, 20(9)t, 60 (10)t, stopped fishing at 11:50 AM trued the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip. OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (82) (NMR) Silverwonders (2) Reds, throw backs (10 Stripe Bass (1) Big Sting Ray (1) Popped line BIG RED (1) Oyster shell (1/2) Bushels of grass (2) tangled lines Best cold drinking water to be had, provided by Big Dwayne, thanks man Spending the morning on the water with one of the best fisherperson me know, Big Dwayne, he on target, and excels very highly with the power pole, voice activated one. Treated meself to some GOOD Red Beans & Rice at Southside, love their Blue cheese dressing, bought a quart for home use, best food / value for your dollar. Got a hot date with Big Vienne, (5 Granddaughterofthepack) she asked for a dinner date we to go too Hibachi Express for dinner her favorite place to eat. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Dwayne a little rusty, but me think he leaning how to tie a bowline, will improve his catching success 10 fold, maybe next time he be fisherperson of the day.   SUGGESTIONS:   Now is the time to go, (you got vacation, take it) Delacroix on the verge of busting wide open, me think this be a great fall fishing shaping up, even the BIG girls showed up today at spot # 20.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   “A fisherman is already halfway in love with any fisherperson who listens / fishes to / with him.”​   O & A:   Does being catch less make a fisherperson better / stronger? If so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much catch less? If not, what makes a fisherperson better / stronger?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Tuesday with Big Ronnie   Wednesday Dr. Day   Thursday Big Tony Friday open, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Capt. Jody Donewar

(504) 453-1519
 GREAT FALL WITH BEAUTIFUL CATCHES DAILY! PICTURES SAY A THOUSAND WORDS!  

Friday fun

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Good things come to those that wait, didn’t have to wait long either. Fished Tuesday, honey dos wed and Thursday when Voice from my working past, says, “wanna fish tomorrow“ (Friday),quick check with the entertainment director, “Good to go TROUTHEAD“ Plan to meet at McDonalds at 5,Wayne keeps his boat down the road in Da Parrish, so I assumed we were going to Delacroix. Not being an expert at Delacroix I still could tell we were not heading that direction, “Where We going’, I asked, Biloxi Marsh was the answer , HALALUIA, I don’t have to be lost all day. Made our way down a light foggy, crowded ,Byu Loutre till we broke out ahead of the pack and then it was WAO to our first stop in Mack’s Pass. I started with a lemonhead under a cork and Wayne chose the same, few small specks and a couple of keepers ended the first stop and off we went to Crooked byu. Quick run and we made a couple of stops in Lake Eugenie when we saw shrimp jumping, only small white trout. Next stop in a wide deep canal had a nice speck in the box and then nothing, looks like a 2 fish at 25 spots to get the limit day. Bob’s Lakes area was most productive. Some time during the morning Wayne changed to a VOODO shrimp and that was the answer to the one fish per spot bite, I stuck with a Chartreuse cocaho tail and came in second in the catching department. We made the circle back to loutre, stopping at canals and lagoons off the pipeline at the end of Byu Biloxi # 49 and 50 hit the ice in Cutoff Lagoon at 2:05 pm. We looked like feeding pelicans bowing and stretching to get the knots out of our backs, end of the trip came none to soon for the ole body. Wayne has a great system, stops at the carwash and cleans the boat, stops at the gas station and does a fill up, tucks it away in the warehouse where he keeps it READY for the next trip. Always fun to fish with TROUTHEAD. Water temp 68, air temp HOT, Don’t feel much like November fishing. clarity good, (visibility down 18” or so), Tide fell slow all day, no wind to keep the gnats at bay, needed deep woods off. All fish caught on Chartrues H&H cocaho tail and voodo shrimp under a poppin cork. Finished the day with 50 specks 12-16” Many throwback specks and white trout. 1 gafftop

Sweetwater Marina

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Man, man, man….Some great fishing down here at Sweetwater. So many fish. Lots and lots of beautiful speckled trout, redfish, black drum. Haven’t seen flounders in forever. Nobody talks about them or sees them. Where are the flounders? But anyway, there’s lots and lots of other fish. Trout caught on the inside, the outside, in between. You name the area..they caught some there. Just some fabulous fishing. Capt. Jack’s charter today had 78 trout..and we can’t even tell you how many they missed. Missed a lot..but everyone had a wonderful time. Some great fishing. All I can say is get down early. Be patient in the morning. Be courteous. Stay good distances away from each other, when trying to launch. We will get you in and out as fast as possible. So, work with us. Wait your turn. We have a double launch, so you will get in. There’s plenty of time to get out there..the fish are there..they aren’t gone anywhere anytime soon. Also, try keeping lines straight with parking. Line up with the comes, so everyone can easily get in and out the parking lot. But, you like catching trout, this is the time to come to Delacroix. It’s trout catching time. They are almost jumping in the boat..or so it seems. No long boat rides. And plenty of fish. Just how we like it. Also, try out our tasty food trailer. Chef Richy serves some delicious food. Low prices and a delicious lunch. What more could you ask for here at Sweetwater? Come see us. We can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves their customers. Picture is from Capt. Jacks charter today. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.

Fresh / Salt water fishing Big Don the man

TEAM JO-JO:   10-25-17 is Capt Don, (as he likes to be called, aka Big on, aka Perch whisper) was he & Oneofthepack’s 12th anniversary, we were to make a trip on that day to celebrate same, but weather conditions was not very favorable for a trip. So we planned a trip today to celebrate making our first, (me lost 3 boats in the storm, had none to go fishing, so Big Don offered to take me on 10-25-05 down to our Disney world known as Delacroix Island) trip after hurricane Katrina. It in itself was a very memorable trip, caught over 57 (NMR) Silverwonders that day, it was a Silverwonder slam for sure.   SIGNS:   Thursday Dr visit went well, 60 % chance me live for the next 10 years Thursday lunch with Big Ronnie, Big Brett, and Big Mark, (co-workers) discussed things about retirement, work and as usual we got to fishing, Big Ronnie and Oneofthepack set up to make a trip this coming Wednesday. Trouble sleeping, up early for our 6:15 meet up. Me showed up at Fort Pike for 5:15 AM for our meet up of 6:15 am meet up, Big Don had already launched the boat and was waiting for me to show up. He escorted me to the dock, help me in the boat, put me gear in the boat, gave me a cushion for me to sit on, and finally gave me a life vest to ware, which me did. Off we go in the dark, Big Don must have sensed that me be a little nervous, don’t worry says he, me have run this route many times, lied right past the Fort for years, not to worry says he, me tighten up me life vest. All went well till we got past Millers Ditch, we were heading straight for the marsh, me no say nothing, finally Big Don turns hard to the right, not to worry says he, did you hear me yell, me had all the confidence in the world in you, once again me tighten me life vest. Finally (short 15 minute ride) we arrived at Squirrel’s Hole to stat our day, with a name like that me starting to wonder what kind of day me / we might have.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect Wind calm, then 3-4 E.S.E nice all day Sunny & Clear Mild to warm temps, got a little hot sitting with no wind blowing on us, but ice as we ran around. Water level down 4-6”, Big don said when he and Big Bud made a trip the water was 2 foot higher, with all that high tide we were having Water Temp 69.5F Start of a falling tied, picked up as the day went along. Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 7 plus. Looked great, but as the day went along and the falling tide got stronger, went down to a 3, still clear looking but sandy green looking water. plenty, plenty boast out and about. Saw 10 along the trestles on the way home.   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on 18 foot Lake Sport, with a 90 HP 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. Me wanted to attack the Bass, wanted to see if the stories me been hearing was true. Needed a box of fish for Big Curtis & Big May, as out last trip left a lot to be desired. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: ( No problem with wind, the area we fishing, we were protected from all directions in the area we fishing)   MOVING WATER: (Not a factor, as we had the start of a falling tide, fell all day, made it perfect for fishing cuts & sloughs dumping into the main canal.)   WATER CALRITY: (At first best me ever saw, still looked good throughout the day, but with hard falling tide it dirties up pretty good in the open water areas.)   HOLDING FISH: (Everywhere we went was holding fish, and at the cuts and sloughs, we caught a couple few at each opening into the main bayou.)   PATIENTS: ( Second cast it was on, on, on all day only patients me needed was retying me line now and then, made it tough to do with Big Don pulling them on every 4 to 5th cast)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY   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…………….(1) Silverwonder     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……………(6)t, 3r, & (1) Pin Fish   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A   Multi-color Twister matched up with 1/8 oz. head, with spinner, caught all other fishes.   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Squirrel’s’ Hole, Big don’s top secret spot off the ICW, and what a spot it is.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (18) (NMR) Silverwonders, 8 throw backs (15) Reds, 11 throw backs (26) Bass (1) Pin Fish (2) Bushels of grass (2) tangled lines Saw Sting Rays leaving the marsh the water was so clean you can see them traveling with the falling tide out of the marsh. We dine on peanut butter sandwiches followed up with a shot of water, me have to say Big don also a great cook, thanks for the food & drinks. Learned new lure & how to fish with Twister lure Learned how a Capt should take care of his crew, and listens to their request and then makes it happen. We were catching Silverwonders, me told Capt Don me wanted to catch Bass, be patient says he. After a few more cast off we went to fish Bass, it was not long before we had our (20) and we was catching & releasing them. Now says to meself, me going to see how good he is. Me says me want to catch reds, be patients says he, was not long and we now catching reds. Me knew / know Big Don a great fisherperson, but me had no idea how good he really is, the proof is in the pudding. Me no doubt him anymore, he the best of the best. We made Big Curtis & Big May day, we stopped off and dropped pf all the fish for them, in return we got a bunch of Satsumas, and Navel oranges, what a trade, me think we got the best of deal. Spending the day on the water with good friend and longtime co-worker made for a much better day for us. And to top it all off, all it cost me was a hand shake and a smile, got called out about me smile as Big don did not see it, so had to repeat smile for him, best price at any price. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   No doubt about it, Big Don     SUGGESTIONS:   If you like Bass Fishing, or just plain fishing / catching, look up Big Don, he the man, just tell him what you want and he will listen and make it happen.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   When healthy competition prevails — me come out to fish and me fish to catch   O & A:   Is it possible to fish a normal life and not ever tell a lie?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Saturday no plans, not sure fish or work out.   Sunday of to Oceans Springs in Mississippi for yearly craft show   Monday Big Curtis and Big May back on board the Bay Flat Sr for a new challenge down in our Disney world known as Delacroix Island   Wednesday, Big Ronnie will be first mate for the day aboard the Bay Flat Sr Thursday & Friday open Bay Flat Sr! until then:     Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Red fishing in ECBB

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Jim & I put in @ Burn’s Point this morning 11-3-17 & fished for red fish with spinner bait & Minus – 1, from 7:30 to 10:00.  Found mostly dirty water that was low and dropping.  A lot of the places that I normally fish, there was no water.  Kept 2 reds, lost 3 keepers Will try again. Dave

Capt. Jody Donewar

(504) 453-1519
ONE STOP! We had the pleasure to guide Bragg, Jim & Dick this morning.  The guys lodged at Woodland plantation where they had a great dinner last night. We left out of Delta Marina early with calm seas and the tide starting to fall. We made one stop and that was all it took to fill the limits.  The crew had a great morning boating 75 fine trout.  Released 2 Bull Redfish and kept to slot Red Fish. BIG THANKS TO BRAGG, JIM, DICK & WOODLAND PLANTATION! THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4 IS OPEN TO FISH WITH US! FISH ARE ON FIRE!  COME GET YOU SOME! Capt. Jody Donewar 504 453 1519 www.thedeltamarina.com www.seatow.com www.metroboating.com www.finsfishing.com

Halloween Fishing Report and some wild photos. ENJOY

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Halloween Fun at Cat Island, and some awesome day trips as well. I will be the first to admit, that none of our guides are right in the head. We spend way too much time in the sun, don’t eat right and certainly don’t get enough sleep. We do however get to act like fools during Mardi Gras and of course HALLOWEEN!!! It has kinda become an unwritten rule the last couple of years, if you book a trip on Oct 31, you better bring a costume(or one will be provided). As luck would have it, the weather cooperated and we had a very fun crew out at the Cat Island house for a little Halloween fun. We did have to fight some insanely low water out at the island, but we made it work. We did more on the red fish than the trout. We actually ate the majority of the trout we caught(it was delicious). We did get visited by the big bull reds, and plenty of slot sized fish. I honestly think that Chef Chris and The Mayor of Cat Island, Walter Gaudin had more fun with the costumes than anyone. It was fun. While we were goofing off out at the island, the other guides were doing some damage on the day trips. We got to hear some of the crews on the VHF radio. It Sounded like Captains Matt and Capt Darrren had a very lively crew out in the LA Marsh. The boys have been doing well on the trout, reds, sheepshead and black drum. From the looks of the pictures they have been sending, it seems they have been very busy at the cleaning tables at the Shore Thing dock in Bayou Caddy. Did get to hear from our buddy Bradley over at the Gulf Coast Research Lab. He said that the triple tails we caught over the last couple months are doing very well at the hatchery. Cant wait to see what those fish do in the coming months/years. We really enjoy this time of year, its just being able to fish in between the fronts. We are very much looking forward to this years fall fishing. If yall wanna wet a line, give us a shout, and hopefully we can get yall out there. Thanks. ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4

A TRIP TODAY FROM THE PAST

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Today was a trip that brought back a lot of fine memories of years past fishing with my very close friend Oneofthepack. It started slow but I knew we would find the Silverwonders. Just like old times we tag teamed them and doubled up on them and put a limit in the boat, which will make my daughter and my family in Georgia very happy. It is so funny how fishing today was exactly the same as it was 20 to 30 yrs ago with us. We know how each of us fish, if you use green I use purple to find out what color they want. You fish up I fish down and after we have the intel we need it’s on on on. Had a lot of good conversation about the past fishing with our kids together and with some good friends. Also talked about the battle of the sons against the dads and how we had to throw some of our sons fish in our box, while they weren’t looking, after they learned and started out fishing us at times. Also the time My youngest son Matt, at 5 yrs old, almost got yanked out of the boat by a 5 lb flounder. Great Great memories. Now they are in their upper thirties and Katrina spread my sons to Pearl River and Sugarhill Georgia so I don’t get to fish with the Grandkids but maybe soon. Great Trip today, Beautiful Day and got to fish with one of my Best Friends. Thanks Oneofthepack!!!!

Sweetwater Marina

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Wow, what a week it’s been down at Sweetwater. Let’s start it off with Monday morning…3:40am..bam got robbed. Tuesday we ran out of shrimp..all the shrimp died. But other than that…. For the good news..the fishing has been really good. Customers have been catching limits or close to limits. Everyone seems to be catching a good bit of fish. A newby, this morning, came in with 25 trout from four horse lake. He said it was his first time to Delacroix. He couldn’t believe how fast he caught them. He was by himself. We want to apologize to all the customers that didn’t get shrimp Tuesday. We are looking forward to an action packed rest of the week and weekend. The fishing is definitely worth coming. And we have plenty of beautiful, live shrimp that are living perfectly. For the rest of the week and weekend..we will for sure have live shrimp. So, we can’t wait to see you here at Sweetwater Marina, the Marina that loves their customers. Don’t forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see Tony or Mr. Ronnie after a long day of fishing…relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! The picture is from today..one of our customers! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water! We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don’t forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It’s absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don’t have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don’t pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, cozy lodge! Call the number above for reservations.

Delacroix trip, rip, lips, tips

TEAM JO-JO:   Me longtime friend Big Ray and Oneofthepack had scheduled a trip today, but me called him Monday and told him we caught 7T & 1r, all day, me asked if he still wanted to go. Me knew what his answer was going to be, as he & me have fished under all conditions, (good / bad / ugly) plus me know he subscribes to the Team Jo-Jo moto “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” says he ago we go.   SIGNS:   Tuesday dentist day, me hate when that comes around don’t like them cleaning me teeth. We set up to meet at Waffle House in Slidell at Oak Harbor, but me forget, so me sitting in Chalmette Waffle House waiting for Big Ray, phones goes off what Waffle House did you say, me says one in Oak Harbor, that where he be, but me be in Chalmette, not the best way to start the day, and not a very good sign. No wildlife along Hwy 11 or 90 Not to many boats on Hwy, gas station, or lunches, not a good sign Passed on McDonnell & Last Stop food store, we on a mission to fill Big Ray’s freezer with fish of any kind, so he can have a fish fry in Atlanta. Bay Flat Sr looking god in her slings, loaded her up in no time. Turned key one time Yamaha Dream Machine came to life in a split second, she purring like a kitten all day. Passed on Lionel, we had all we needed on board The Bay Flat Sr, except the sandwiches Big ay left home, deducted 10 points from his chance to be fisherperson of the day for no sandwiches. Off to new spot # on the map to start our day.   CONDITIONS:   Perfect 4-6 mph winds out of the E.S.E. picked up to 10-12 later in the morning Sunny & clear, clouds later in the morning Mild temps, than warm temps very pleasant day on the water Water level up 12-14” Water temp 67.6F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3, looked a little better than Monday, but not much Calm to little chops on the water Slack tide, most of the morning, water not moving again Not as many boats out and about   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. & the Yamaha Dream Machine This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders. Get a good start on filling Big Ray’s freezer up with fish Make me regular milk run, spot # to spot # on the map, but me started to think what the definition of crazy was, (keep doing the same thing all the time expecting different results) so me decided to think like a fisherperson and headed out to Zone 2 and eh edge of zone 3 to see if the water looked any better and to see if we could find some moving water. Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: (Wind not a factor, plus on a E.S.E. wind we have many spot numbers to fish where the wind would be at our back)   MOVING WATER: (Once again we had no water moving, me mean none at all. So we made a change and fished deep into zone 2 to find moving water. The E.S.E wind picked up and started to blow water in, now had some moving water to fish.)   WATER CALRITY: (A # 3, very fishable, you could see the lure down 10-14” but it had s sandy brown look to it.)   HOLDING FISH: (Jack pot (57) Silverwonders in one spot, slow than grew into a Silverwonder slam, ha a bunch of double hook ups.)   PATIENTS: ( At first me was thinking a repeat from Monday trip, no wind, no tide, but this experience helped us to make the decisions of where not to fish as oppose to where to fish. Factored in the variables (wind, tide, water clarity) what spot # had the best chances of having these criteria line up and make a good trip.)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………All but (2) fish caught tis way Presentations was a little different today, we would throw up current let the lure go to the bottom, let the current move lure along bottom, NO TWICH, just raise your rod a little and feel the bottom as you reeled in real slow, NO TAP, the line would go tight, set the hook, and hold on.   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…………….All fish but 2 caught on this lure, which is all it took.     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……………(2) Silverwonders   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   New spit number (2)t, 64,64A,B,C, 61C, 61,60,20,21,22,23, 5 (57)t, stopped fishing at 11:15 turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day ( 59) (NMR) Silverwonders (4) reds, 3 throw backs (1) Stripe Bass (1) Bass (2) bottoms (1/4) bushel of grass Got to put use of some Intel picked up at fishing seminar at Gulf Coast Bank. There was a big discussion on what type lines, (mono, power pro, etc. etc.). It seems that Big CT William was fishing with a friend, friend nailing them left and right, Big CT tried to match , (lure, head, presentation) of his friend But what it came down to was his friend was fishing with mono, he fishing with power pro. Me here to tell you the same story, Big Ray got on a roll, me changed to purple, me changed to white head, me mimicked his rod presentation, me right next to him but nothing. That when me notice he using mono line, grabbed me mono line and it was on, on, on. Just want to thank to Big CT & Big Capt Gallo for the insight on line. Almost had sandwiches, it’s the thought that counts Fishing with long lost friend, he still had the same lures on his rod & reels that he used when we fished together a year ago. He rod sand reels looked questionable, one of them fell apart when he was fishing with it. Big Ray is one of the best fisherperson me know, he can hang with the best of them. Saw no alligators Not many ducks around Only saw one Nutria Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Ray, even with his rod & reels he managed to make it happen, first fish, biggest fish, big red, most fish, last fish, being of from fishing for a year did not impact his skills, me guess it like riding a bike, you never forget. Big Ray, even got us started with his lure presentation, he was first to notice you don’t get a tap, they just sucking the lure in and sitting there, he fisherperson of the day for sure.   But wait till next time, me will not under estimate his aged / outdated skill!!!!!   SUGGESTIONS:   No catching day, catching day, conditions change daily, that is why “YOU GO TO GO TO KNOW” and locate some moving water with a clarity at or above a scale of 3,   PONDER OF THE DAY:   Anytime you find fisherperson more successful than you are, especially when you’re both fishing in the same boat – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t   O & A:   Where is the line between fishing and not catching?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Still looking good for trip Friday with Capt Don (aka Perchwhisper)   11-7-17 Big Ronnie (aka Wildman aka Dago)  will be on board the Bay Flat Sr for a run around our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack   P>S>   Mike you ready????????????????

HALLOWEEN MASSACRE

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JUDE TRAHANT hosted a Halloween Party at the very nice house of REEL EXCITEMENT CHARTERS owned by Capt. J. Sanchez.  The party started at 7am.  For fun, the host and guest disguised hooks with Campo’s live shrimp and submerged them 3 feet under a cork.  Trick or treaters dressed in black spots, a yellow mouth and a sharp single front tooth showed up immediately and as fast as the guest could get the shrimp in the water. At 9am the party was over with full limits of trick or treaters unknowingly headed to Crisco Bay for the after party.  Jude and guest enjoyed a short ride home from Shell Beach and planned the next party for this weekend’s Alabama/LSU game.  

Capt. Jody Donewar

(504) 453-1519
ANOTHER GREAT DAY ON THE WATER!!!!!!!!!  We had the pleasure to guide regulars Lloyd, Toby & Merrill from New Orleans. Left out of Delta Marina early with beautiful weather.  The water was cold and the tide was not doing much. We had to stick and move even fishing both sides of the Mississippi River but we got the job done. The guys ended the day with 75 beauties all caught on live shrimp under popping corks. BIG THANKS TO LLOYD, TOBY & MERRILL! SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4 IS OPEN TO FISH WITH US! COME GET YOU SOME! Capt. Jody Donewar 504 453 1519 www.thedeltamarina.com www.seatow.com www.metroboating.com www.finsfishing.com    

No tide tuesday

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Made the mistake last night of looking at the tide range for today, .01 good grief. Tide was incoming at the Rigolets when I left Pelican Point at 6 something am, smooth ride across Lake Borgne to my favorite pass in the Bob’s Lakes area even with low tide range the water moves enough to get the specks feeding, BAM somebody already there, two trips in a row I have gotten beat to my favorite spot. What I gotta do sleep out there. Made my way to plan B and couldn’t find water moving or shrimp jumping. Moved around a little and found a fairly good bite but all throw backs. Finally started deeper into the marsh and a few keepers were mixed in with the 10” specks. Moved back to Bob’s lakes and found a point with a wind driven tide line and it was a trout a cast, you guessed it, throwbacks, had 12 in a row once, but before I could abandon the spot, Bam nice trout in the box. Started with lemonhead under a popping cork, but I put the pole down to put a speck in the box and the trolling motor ate the bait. Switched to tight line with a green matrix and the bite was just as good and a lot easier to cast. Bite died when I had to re-rig when a freight train hit and never slowed down, no more green so I put a lemonhead on and the bite was gone. Made a count ,19, better than I thought. Body starting to say “head home” so I decided to fish back to Byu Biloxi hitting passes and lagoons for a few more keepers and lots more throwbacks. Best spot was a lagoon with a deep canal dumping into it, usually the tide is falling into the canal, but today it appeared to be incoming(flowing into the pond) got 4 keepers in a row to finish the limit at 1:27. Tide at the Rigolets coming in when I left and coming in when I returned, tide in the marsh dead to barely incoming after noon. Water temp 62, clarity was great 2 ft. visibility everywhere I fished. Wind calm early and east 5-10 later. 25 Specks 12-14” 6 whites, 10-12” Gazillion throwbacks

Delacroix trip of tips

TEAM JO-JO:   Our time had come, Big Curtis & Big May was ready to make our first trip of the fall season, it had been awhile since me had the fearsome duo, (as the Silverwonders know of them)  on the Bay Flat Sr. for a fun day of fishing down in our Disney World known as Delacroix Island.   SIGNS:   Good work out Sunday morning, walking, riding bike, weights, and swimming, felt great Road trip Sunday , (after work out) with Big Charlie & Big Maryann to the coast for dinner Too much food for dinner, hard to go to sleep Saints win again Up early, loaded the FORD transporter off me go No wildlife sightings along Hwy. 11 or 90, not good sign Had a few boast on the road, gas station, and at the launch for a Monday morning, this could be a good sign Was early for the 5:30 AM meet up, so me did a McDonnell, and gassed up the FORD transporter, before meet up. Passed on Waffle house, and Last Stop food store, this crew on a mission to fill up the freezer Check point Abel, water level 18 to 24” low not a good sign Check point Bravo no moving water at Reggio canal, not a good sign Road crew just got on the Hwy and was making their way down the road at a very slow pace Arrived at the home of the Bay Flat Sr hanging high and dry, with 3 of us took no time to load her up. Gear in boat, crew almost in boat, we raring to go, and……………………………..Huston we have a problem. Seems Big Gary (last crew member, mean last crew member) left the fish finder on, and we had a dead battery, what to do what to do. Big Curtis suggested he ride down to see if that had some sort of portable jump start, but all they had was a charger. Decide to get battery charged, this to take 40 minutes Me thinking this not the way to go, don’t want to get out and ruin my record and have to call Seatow, so we off to Chris hardware in Poydras to pick up a new battery. Return with ne battery, Big Curtis pick up old battery, and one rune of eh key and the Yamaha Dream Machin fired up for a slow run down the bayou to Bayou Gently, where we shot the cost to het and we were off to spot # new spot to start our day. Reached the honey hole around 8:45 AM almost 3 hours behind schedule.     CONDITIONS:   Perfect N.W. wind 3-4 mph perfect Sunny & clear Cool to mild temps, cold when running around, and that we did 41 miles to be exact Had to lose Jump suite and extra shirt as it was getting warm for me Water level down 18 to 24” Water temp 58.2 F looking good need 57 F Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 minus, real stained looking in the areas we fishing Tide slack, stayed slack all day, me could not find any moving water, none! Plenty of boats out and about for a Monday, they were all over the place   TECHNIQUE / STRATEGY: Be safe Have fun Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. & the 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. Catch a box of fish to fill Big Curtis & Big May freezer as they out of fish Learn to fish a low tide Learn to fish a slack tide Learn to check all electronics OFF before leaving Bay Flat Sr in slings Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:       WIND AT YOUR BACK: ( None factor today, it was almost dead clam all day)   MOVING WATER: (This criteria was the challenge of the day, me could not find water moving anywhere, and this is at the top of the list for catching)   WATER CALRITY: (Not as good as me like, but it was very fishable, hope water gets back to that black clear look soon.)   HOLDING FISH: (Spot # 23 caught 5, most other spot numbers and spots in zone 1 & 2 nothing.) PATIENTS: (Fins off to the crew today, they cast, and cast, and cast all day right up to the end (2:30 PM) of our trip, it was a very slow day for any action, but we kept to fishing with a passion. Me think we may have filled the very little corner of the freezer, if that!)   Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………Nothing   Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..(2) t   Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY   Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY   Cork ……..(5)t caught     Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A   Dead bait………Big May had some, me think it was caught on Noah Arks     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……………Caught all fish   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………Nothing   Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY     Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A   AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:   Spot #, new spot, 61C,B,A,61,60,20,21,22,23 (5)T,20,21,22,60,61C,18A,B,C,(1)T, NEW PSOT, 64, 64B (1)T, turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.   OUR REWARD:   Lived to fish another day (7 ) (NMR) Silverwonders (4) reds, (3) throw backs (1) Fresh water cat on Noah Ark shrimp (1) Big Stick, Big Curtis claim for the day (2) Bottoms (1/4) bushel of grass (3) tangled lines (8) Toasted peanut butter crackers, as provided by crew Got a new battery Spending a beautiful day on the water with the fearsome duo, (as the Silverwodners call them) Big Curtis & Big May New challenges, (i.e. low tide, no tide, no bites, etc.) exposed to, and solutions to address them next time. Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.   FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:   Big Curtis had the biggest Silverwonder, note said had, however he did claim biggest stick of the day, but tis not enough to claim the honors today.   Oneofthepack struggled too, me failed as a capt of the boat, could not put crew on the bites.   Big May edged us both out with her Big Red, plus she never stopped casting all day, plus her casting distance and accuracy is getting a lot better, she fisher person of the day.   SUGGESTIONS:   When me got home had phone calls, phone messages, emails, of the success of other fisherperson of the day, seems they all catching fish, wall, ICW, Bayou Bienvenue, Bay Jack, Lake John, So me suggestion for the day, don’t do what we did, do what all the other fisherperson did.   Today’s trip hurt me pride & ego, don’t mind the guides out fishing us, but when other boat Capt.’s can make it happen, and me cannot put crew on bites, me feel deflated and finless). Me know it just the fish god way of her telling me, me better be good, & nice with sugar & spice or the finless trips will continue.   PONDER OF THE DAY:   There are plenty Silverwonders in the bayou, but until I catch one I will be here playing with my rod.   O & A:   Do fish have to wait an hour before they swim so they don’t get cramps after eating?   FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:   Next up Wednesday, fishing with Big Ray, a cast from the past, we and our kids fished together for many years, until Katrina blew us a part. Big Ray looking for a box of fish to take to Atlanta so they can have a Louisiana fish fry with son, daughter-in-law and kids, hope me can find a few for them.   Then comes Friday, Capt Don (as he likes to be called, and aka Perch whisper) called offered to take me out along the ICW to chase Bass, Reds, Silverwodners and anything else that might bite. Me think this may be the best way for Oneofthepack to go to get me confidence back cause me know Capt Don 99.999999% u goanna catch fish.   See all you fisherperson out and about, until then:   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Fishing Reports

18Nov

Up todate Intel Delacroix

Just got a call (Sat 9:46 AM)  from Nephewofthepack Big Steven ( has a camp & keeps his boat down at Delacroix)  he out and about our Disney World known as Delacroix Island, him say he been all over, nothing , not  a bite, wanted to know if me had any suggestions of where he & crew might try.   Told him Friday we struggled to put 27 in the boat, and we covered a lot of territory. So me suggested he try spot # 60 and 61 as they produced a few and conditions where perfect for those 2 spot numbers on the map.   Big Don with new boat out and about Thursday, same intel very slow, very little action, he out and about today, will follow up with him to see if conditions / catching changes.   Silverwonders must have lock jaw, may be the cold front has them shut down in the areas we fish, no matter what we be back at them Wednesday as crew from Kansas coming down to enjoy all what Louisiana & Delacroix has to offer, empty or full box.   Just wanted to share some update current Intel to help you fisherperson kame up your mind on what to do re: go / no go, and / or “YOU GOT TO GO TO KNOW” believers.   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
18Nov

What a difference a day makes

TEAM JO-JO:

  Today was our long awaited trip with crew Big Curtis & Big May, me think we cancelled out last time due to weather, but that not the case for this trip, it was perfect in every way.  

SIGNS:

 
  • Thursday trip was a catching trip, no fishing required
  • Me sleep like baby Thursday night
  • Up early Friday looking forward another catching day
  • Saw a Possums cross Hwy 11 (GOOD SIGN) no sightings along Hwy 90
  • Me & crew arrived at Waffle House at the same time, loaded all gear into Big Curtis (6) wheel RAM and we were off like a flash
  • Counted (18) Boast on the Hwy, & gas stations, saw 7 more pass as we loading the Bay Flat Sr up
  • Check point Abel water level down a little
  • Check point Bravo water moving in Reggio canal, good sign
  • Arrived at the abode of the Bay Flat Sr, loaded her quickly
  • Yamaha Dream Machine kept the dream alive
  • Passed on Lionel had all we needed on board, besides fuel dock full of boats, and all the other docks full of boasts, canal was full of boats, me knew it was going to be a busy day on the water.
  • Off to spot # 14 to start our day
 

CONDITIONS:

 
  • Perfect
  • Calm wind, that 4-6 out of the E.S.E.
  • Sunny & clear
  • Mild temps to hot temps, some layers of clothes came off
  • Water level down 4-6”
  • Water temp 68.5F
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 3 plus looked a little better than Thursday
  • Tide falling it was gathering speed every minute, at the choke points your lure made the drift of the current lines in seconds, even with 3/8 head it was rolling along the bottom at a fast clip.
  • NO NATS, to me surprise none, Thursday you had a face full of them, but none today. Told crew Thursday me had a theory, the more nats you have the more fish you will catch.
 

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.
  • Me wanted to put Big Curtis & Big May on a Silverwonders slam in a real bad way, (our last trip more fishing than catching) me wanted to fill their freeze with fish of all kind, this be me challenge for the day.
  • Find a spot # with the five fundamentals / criteria of catching:    
 
  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: ( Wind no factor it was perfect)
 
  • MOVING WATER: (Moving water no factor it was perfect)
 
  • WATER CALRITY: (Water clarity no factor it was good at every spot e stopped at)
 
  • HOLDING FISH: (Challenge for the day, spot # 61 & 2A where the hot spots)
 
  • PATIENTS: ( Needed plenty, crew( and Oneofthepack) body language had sings of me was losing them, so me kept moving around to other sot numbers to keep their interest, but it was very slow day and we had to fish for them)
 
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………ALL FISH CUAGHT THIS WAY
 
  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..NOTHING
 
  • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..NOTHING
 
  • 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…………….10% CUAGHT WITH THIS LURE
   
  • 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY
 
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………90% CAUGHT WITH THIS LURE
 
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING
 
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
   
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ……………N/A
   

AREAS / SPOTS / NUMBERS OF THE MAP FISHED:

  Spot # 14,15,5,6,7,23,22,21,20, 14,15,5,61 (5)t, 61A,B,C,18,E,D,C,B, (4)t, 1,2 (2)t, (2)A (13)t,14, 15 (2)t, stopped fishing at 1:30 PM, crew looked ready and me was too, turned the Bay Flat Sr east than north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.

OUR REWARD:

 
  • Lived to fish another day
  • ( 27 ) (5) throw backs
  • (3) reds (2) throwbacks
  • (1) White trout
  • (1) Crag
  • (8) Oyster shells Big May caught the biggest
  • (2) Bottoms
  • (6) Tanged lines
  • (1) Bushel of grass
  • Surprised we no catch any Stripe Bass
  • Surprised today not a catching day, like Silverwonders had lock jaw from us, me guess that way we call them elusive and it called fishing and not catching.
  • Good snacks s provide by crew thanks guys enjoyed them
  • Spending the day on the water with (2) of the almost best fisherpersons me know, looking forward to another journey down the road.
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.
 

FISHERPERSON OF THE DAY:

  Big Curtis came out the gate first, (gave him 10 points for first fish) and got on a run at Sot # 2A, me thing he may have even caught the biggest, but the numbers where low both in keepers and throw backs. However his total points for the day left him a little short for the honors.   Big May came alive at spot # 2A, she put in a few, but  it was toward the end of the trip not enough time to overtake Big Curtis, Big May came in at a strong third in today’s challenge.   Me suggested to Big Curtis he look into the Penn Battle II BLTII1000 reels as the reels he has are so heavy you cannot feel the bite, his poles need to have a little firmer back to them. This would make his rig a lot lighter, and they will catch more fish.   When you are in a trout slam, any rod & reel will do, but if you are fishing and finessing them you better have the right rig, (this may be the rig you have the most confidence in) but me money on the Penn & 6 foot (1) piece Shimano rod if you can find one, or the St Croix one piece 6 foot rod Big May needs to practice her casting so she can get more distance & accuracy in her cast.   At each spot we stopped at your technique & presentation was a little different, may be 4 or 5 ways, but the common dominator, was you had to feel your lure at ALL TIMES, and you had to fish for them. Even when the current is moving you lure along the bottom, you want to bounce it up, let it run, slowly reel in, feel the lure, and repeat that action, ALL THE TIME FOCUSING IN ON THE TAP once that happens set the hook.   I don’t know of any way of practicing this technique / presentations, other than time on the water fishing, this be the only way me know to improve you technique / presentation / skills, SO if they aren’t biting, you not wasting your time, particle, practice, practice,  ( to feel lure & work lure in all situations) till the sun goes down.  

SUGGESTIONS:

  Me confuse from difference of Thursday to Friday trip, guess me suggest look for the Nat’s.  

PONDER OF THE DAY:

  “Nobody's going to catch all the time. On the highway of fishing you can't always be in the strike zone.”

O & A:

  Would things get better or worse if fisherpersons what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?  

FUTURE TEAM JO-JO’S ODYSSEYS AGENDA:

  Me think about given up catching, and just concentrating on fishing. Booked all next week, until then   Good Fishing   Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
18Nov

Sweetwater Marina

Today's fishing reports: awesome, good, pretty good, alright. Fishing, overall, for Capt.Jack was pretty good. On his charter, they caught 75 trout, 12 black drum, 2 sheep head, 1 striped bass and 1 freshwater cat. They had a great time fishing, caught lots of fish and were back in pretty early. All the fish caught today were caught on beautiful, live shrimp from Sweetwater Marina. Like Capt. Jack said..we heard lots of different reports, but we would say that most people came back happy. Sometimes, it's not about what you catch...its about taking in the beauty of the Delacroix marsh that is left..while we still can. Don't make a trip out on the water all about catching plenty of fish. Come take in the great view, and visit the Delacroix marsh..before it's totally gone. We can't wait to see you here at Sweetwater..whether it is to stay at our comfy, cozy and convenient lodge or to charter with one of our amazing captain, to eat at our delicious food trailer, to visit us, to go fishing, to take in the beauty of Delacroix or for any other reason you may have to come to Delacroix..one of the last great fishing locations left in this great state. So, don't wait. Come now! This is the time of the year to take the trip. The picture below is from Capt. Jacks charter today. Don't forget that our guys do offer the best fish cleaning service around! They will have your fish cleaned super speedy, yet with great quality! So, see the guys after a long day of fishing...relax, while the guys take care of cleaning your catch! I know they appreciate the customers that let them clean their fish, as do we! Remember we do have non-ethanol fuel, ice, tackle, live bait, dead bait, maps, gps chips, bugspray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, oil and anything you might need for a great day on the water. We also offer A+ service! We will launch your boat for you, park your vehicle, give you golf court rides to and from your vehicle, point you to all the hotspots and anything else you may need help with! Also, don't forget about our food trailer! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm! We also do call in orders! So, if you would like to start doing that, please call 504-206-9588! We offer shrimp poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, gumbo, fries, hot wings and drinks! It's absolutely delicious! So, come see Chef Ricky ASAP! If you are interested in booking lodging or charters, please call 504-342-2368! Charters- are $750 for up to 4 anglers! The captain provides everything! The only thing you need to bring is lunch and drinks for yourselves, something to bring your cleaned and packaged fish home in and a fishing license! If you don't have a Louisiana fishing license, you will need to get a 3 day charter license! For more info call the number above! Lodging-we have units that sleep up to 6 people and are $160.50 per night! They are in the best location in Delacroix! Right across from the Marina! You can leave your boat in the water! Launches are free! Linens, towels, rags, silverware, plates, bowls and cups are all in the room! There is a coffee pot (with everything needed to make the coffee), griddle, fridge, freezer, sink and charcoal grills outside of each room! The bedroom contains 2 bunk beds with full bottom and twin top! In the living room area, there is two sofas (one is a sofa sleeper and a television with cable! And a full size bathroom! There is wifi available! So, don't pass up on the opportunity to stay in our convenient, comfy lodge.
17Nov

PHIL ROBICHAUX CHARTERS

GREAT FALL CONTINUES... MR JOHN HEBERER'S TRIP We had the pleasure of guiding 4 boats for good friend and customer Mr John Heberer and several of his buddies on a recent trip. This crew is from the St Louis area and they all love to fish. Actually Mr John has brought down 2 groups this fall, one in October and one this month. As usual for late October and November the fishing for trout and reds was very good for the guys, especially if the weather cooperated. I had the pleasure of guiding Mr John all 3 days on the latter trip and we were blessed with good fishing and fellowship all 3 days. I am including pictures from the November trip in this report. We want to say a special thank you to Mr John and ALL the guys on the trips for what they have done for our service this year and past ones. We are already looking forward to next year! WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR THE REMAINDER OF NOVEMBER AND FOR DECEMBER. THE WEATHER AND THE FISHING HAVE BEEN GREAT AND WE EXPECT SOME AWESOME FISHING FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. GIVE US A CALL TO GET YOUR TRIP ON THE BOOKS. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!   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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