I received this picture from Captain Jeff Beck today. He said it is of a 90 lb wahoo caught on 20 lb test line caught on the east side of the Shoals. HOOK A HOO!!!!! Sent from my iPhone
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~~So after my day yesterday and theorizing the fish here locally are "beat up" I decided I needed to expand my search area. From Houma, I am roughly 100 miles west of Venice, LA, which is the area where traditionally the heaviest slot reds live. Most of the redfish highliner anglers will likely be heading that way. I haven't fished too much around Venice so I was a bit reluctant to make that run today. Additionally with all the northeast wind the already shallow waters around Venice will be even skinnier as the wind blows the water out of the inshore ponds. But still, I studied Google Earth last night and made a plan. I dropped the boat in early this morning and proceeded about 1/4 mile to the first swing bridge I had to pass on the way to Venice. As is typical with trying to plan too much, my plan was over before it began as I found out the bridge would not be opening until 8am so the school buses could get through. Go figure. So what does Team OIFC do in a spot like this? True to reputation, I reversed course and ran 100 miles in the opposite direction of the rest of the fleet and my original plan!
As I've said before, it's an adventure and this one was just getting started. Taking a 100 mile run through the Louisiana marsh is not a simple deal where you plug in a waypoint and sit back as the miles click down. It's hair pin turns, gate jumping, broke down oil rig dodging, weeving around gators, and running wide open in 8" of water. About half way to my destination this morning my mind started drifting and the next thing I knew I was high and dry in the middle of the Atchafalaya Bay. I was running 50mph and started bumping so I hammered down thinking I could swerve out of it. Negative. I piled it up....bad. So what do you do in a situation like this? First move, check cell phone for service. Nope. Any boats in sights? Nope. This was one of those bad groundings. I wasn't in a tight ditch with land nearby. I was in the middle of huge wide open bay and never considered there'd be a mud flat in this big body of water. You'd never know either as the water looked like chocolate milk. Ok, next step is to see how stuck I am. Can I power out? Nope, 4" of water. At this point I stopped, took a deep breath and tried to think my way through the situation. I could see a crab trap about a 1/4 mile perpendicular to the boat. I noticed the trap wasn't sticking out above the water so I knew the depth had to be at least 2' (the height of a crab trap). That's a good piece of info. I knew if I might be able get out and push the boat in that direction. Did I mention it was blowing 20 knots from the north east? That complicated the matter a bit. Anyways, I got to thinking about a time when Brant, Rube and I piled up the 32' Yellowfin in Drum Inlet and the technique we used to get out of that jam. Here's another good piece of info if you ever get stuck. When you try to power out and you put it in forward, it drives the stern down which is already the lowest point of the boat. However, if you put the engine in reverse it actually drives the bow down and lifts the stern. So putting the main engine in reverse and then turning the trolling motor backward on the front and turning it on wide open, I was able to drag the hull across the mud until I reached the crab pot I had seen and the deeper water. Wow. That was close!
Onward and upward. I kept on and made it to my fishing area another 50 miles away. The good news is I found fish and my theory of less pressure would equal more aggressive fish. The bad news is the fish are wanting to hang in very shallow water and just can't get the boat as close as I need to. It's a matter of a couple inches of draft.
Tomorrow is my last day of prefishing. I've got one more area to look at it in the morning. If that doesn't pan out, I'm likely to make that same run again that I made today. I feel better about taking my chances with the shallow water and no boat pressure than banging it out with the rest of tournament here. I hate I didn't make it to Venice. The winners will likely come from there. I'll have to put that on the list for my next exploration mission.
Now that's a smooth skeg!
Cary Campbell invited his good friend Bill Dudley down for some bull redfish action. This time last year the bull reds were eating the prop off the boat. The action has been a bit more spread out this year. The beach bite was red hot late September this year, but has really tapered off now. The Little River jetties is seeing the most consistent action as of late. The bull redfish can be caught on both falling and rising tides. However, the rising tide in the late afternoon has seen the best action lately. Large king size pogies, live or cut on a Carolina rig is the ticket to having some success. Bill Dudley finally found his first couple 40 inchers fishing with us Saturday morning. The sharks also ate us alive along with a few stingrays. The line stretching action was none stop. Some big critters out there right now. See ya on the water!
I have been a bit absent from reporting here lately. I have been trying to make it a point to slow it down a bit and spend some quality time with my boys. My youngest son Jasper stayed home with me Monday as no trips were scheduled. We spent the day doing all sorts of things, but getting on the water was the best. We caught plenty of live shrimp for my next trip and caught several fish on Jasper's ultra light outfit. Jasper's best catch was a solid 17 inch speckled trout. Jasper says, its not a speckled trout, its a MONSTER FISH! Priceless memories...Come on down and lets go fishing. See ya on the water!
I got started early today and made it back to the ramp just before dark. I put in a full day of scouting and had mixed results. My previous experience in Houma led me to believe the fishing is always on fire here. By normal standards I had a banner day. But, for Houma, it was just so so. What I believe is going on is that this the third tournament in 3 weeks in this area and the fish have been beat on pretty hard. That combined with dirtier than normal water has the fishing not at its peak. With all that said, I still had a fun day. I sight fished most of the day and saw around 50 fish or so. The bad news is I haven't found the right fish yet. Most everything was between 5 and 6 pounds. It's going to have to get better than that. I'm going on the hunt tomorrow. Not sure yet, but either going very far east or very far west. It's an adventure.
Keith Whitman from Charlotte with his FIRST flounder EVER.
7.35 lb Citation Flounder
Caught this one on a live finger mullet in the ICW
What'd you today? I stared at a windshield from before the sun came up until long after it went down. 917 miles and 6 states later I arrived in my favorite redfish location, Houma, LA. Stephanie and I are fishing a tournament down here on Friday and Saturday. Somehow I got suckered into doing a solo mission getting down here and prefishing and then she'll come in on Thursday. For the next three days I'll be on the water scouting for the perfect tournament fish. The slot is 18-27" so the target is a 8lbers. This tournament is the end of the year Championship with the IFA (www.ifatours.com). The big trail I fished this year was the HT Elite Series, but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to come back to Houma after having been here earlier this year. No rest for the weary. The wake up call is coming early and it's off to the bayou!
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