A couple guys wanted to get out the house and spend a day on the water last week. Like most others, they were holed up inside for a week straight when it seemed like it would never stop raining. Since then, the Pearl River has been dumping loads of muddy water into the area around the marina, so I offered a run into the Biloxi Marsh, where the water would be clean. The plan to escape the dirty water was scratched when we arrived at Lake Borgne to find stronger than expected winds. So, we stayed around Lake Catherine in New Orleans and despite fishing in extremely dirty water, the guys still put together a great catch. Was it slower than recent trips I've run? You bet. But by slowing down the pace and sticking with corks and live shrimp, there was a steady flow of fish coming into the boat. What isn't pictured is the countless 15 1/2" redfish the group caught all day. Just a 1/2" shy of the legal size, but still a fun fight. The water is cleaner now and I'll be scouting this week to see what has left and what has moved in.
Nathan booked a second trip after slamming the speckled trout on a previous trip. This time he brought his father, John. It was a cold morning, but everyone brought an extra layer to stay warm for the run into the marsh. By 10 am they put a three man limit of redfish in the boat using live shrimp under a cork. Once the cooler was loaded with some very healthy redfish, we tried a few spots in the Biloxi Marsh for speckled trout. A few moves, later and only a few specks on ice, Nathan asked for bass. So, we made a short run to a deep hole in a bayou on the New Orleans side and put several bass in the boat before a school of reds moved in. It turned into every cast a redfish, with most around 15". We then moved to another deep bayou closer to Lake Catherine in New Orleans and after catching one sheepshead, began catching more redfish. They ended the day with a box full of fish and great memories. Thank you, Nathan. Looking forward to the next one.
Phil and Lauren were in town and wanted to spend a day on the water. We ran across Lake Borgne, leaving the New Orleans marsh, and made a brief u turn after a tripletail was spotted, but missed. We spent the day moving around trying to find the hot bite, but the fish were scattered. They did boat many undersized redfish, and ended the day with 5 redfish that were over 16". A couple hours were spent working a school of speckled trout, but like the reds on this day, a lot of small fish. Given the tough conditions, Phil and Lauren were great and I look forward to fishing with these avid anglers again.
Fred and his wife Lisa were in town from Washington state. They wanted to do some inshore fishing while staying in New Orleans. We started out working the shorelines in Lake Catherine, but after an hour of no bites, we moved to the Biloxi Marsh. within an hour of arriving to the marsh, 10 redfish were in the box. Fred and Lisa had several double hookups, which made the trip very exciting. After the limit was caught, we went looking for speckled trout. Second stop we found a hungry school of Louisiana speckled trout and they loaded the box with 23 trout before it was time to head back. It was a good time for us all and they had their catch cooked that night in New Orleans.
Matthew hopped on board Victory One for a fun day of fishing in New Orleans. Our first stop put 5 redfish in the boat before 7 am. Once the sun came up, the temperature rose and actually set a record high for the day. The fish certainly reacted to the heat, as the catching slowed down. We targeted some deeper ponds and were able to boat another 5 reds before heading back for Lake Catherine in New Orleans. Matthew wanted to try and catch Jack Crevalle, before we called it a day. It didn't take long to locate them in Lake Catherine, but we could not get them to commit to the lure. Still a fun day in Victory Bay! We hope to see Matthew again soon!
Made it back to the dock by 11 am on Saturday, September 15th with a limit of Speckled Trout and Redfish all caught just minutes from Island Marina in New Orleans. Fall fishing is officially here! Luck was on my side as the first stop, was the only stop needed for Speckled Trout on this trip. The boat was positioned in a cove where the tail end of a rising tide was pushing bait to the shoreline. Once the Speckled Trout were worked into a frenzy with live shrimp, a Green Hornet Matrix was placed 3' under a cork to quickly load a limit into Victory Bay Charters' 23' Nautic Star. As soon as number 25 hit the ice, the engine was started to race to the nearest pond and locate Redfish. After navigating to the back of a large pond, I noticed the tide had fallen several inches. A few casts with a Gulp Shrimp confirmed my suspicions; the Redfish had moved with the falling tide. The boat was relocated halfway back to the opening of the pond, near a small cut. First cast just outside of the cut, the cork made a slow submerge beneath the surface and it was fish on! Fast forward a few minutes, 5 healthy Louisiana Redfish were flopping around on the deck of the Nautic Star. Another successful New Orleans Fishing Trip. Book your trip with Victory Bay Charters for an adventurous day of fishing in New Orleans!
Bull Reds were at every stop we made today. Weather was perfect and the drag was screaming all morning. We hooked several large Spanish Mackeral as well. It was a fun day in outside waters. Victory Bay Charters can offer an unforgettable New Orleans fishing adventure. Book a full day trip, and see how powerful these fish are!
On Sunday, August 26, the mission was to do some scouting for New Orleans charters later this week. Speckled trout were caught at almost every stop, fishing in New Orleans. The last spot being just a few minutes from Island Marina in New Orleans, was on fire. Cast after cast produced beautiful Speckled Trout to finish off the limit. It’s only going to get better from here as the wind continues to come from the east for the next week. Book your trip and Captain Drake will show you the fall spots that produce speckled trout between Rigolets and Chef Pass in New Orleans.
Took a couple of guys out that trusted Victory Bay Charters with putting them on fish in New Orleans. The trout bite was slow, so I offered a chance at sight fishing redfish and they happily accepted. First shallow pond we entered was full of hungry redfish. Several were self released and many just under 16" were caught. Once one pond was worn out, we would move to another pond, stalk the fish, cast to, and set the hook! On the way back in, the guys asked for one more chance at the trout. We found ideal conditions not far from the marina and caught 14 trout, with 8 being legal size. A successful New Orleans charter trip completed.