As we pulled out the slip at Island Marina, I mentioned to Mr. Aaron that we may find a bite early, and then have a long lull until noon or after. Well, unfortunately the prediction became a reality. There were many factors (temperature, moon, tide, wind) that were just not favorable to keep the fish active throughout the morning. Aaron caught 3 slot reds by 9 then it went dead. We moved from spot to spot, and even tried a location that has produced every time I have fished it since October. Nada. Finally around 1 pm, the tide switched and we landed a slot, and a couple undersized fish. After Aaron called last cast, he connected with a great redfish. Half way to the boat, the hook was spit. Determined to get one more solid fish, one last cast was made and Aaron patiently worked the bait back through the same area. After what seemed like an eternity, the cork ever so slowly sank below the surface and bam! Fish on! Biggest redfish of the day. Perfect way to end a trip. It was a pleasure watching another great angler catch their first redfish.
Darryl, Chuck, and Warren slammed the redfish on Friday. We had to hit a few spots, but by 1pm, they had boxed their limits. Live Cocahoes were all the fish wanted. The water was still muddy in the area, but once we located the right shoreline, the corks started going under. Lake Catherine is full of reds right now. Trout, sheepshead, and bass catches have dropped significantly, but should pick up once the temperature rises and clean water moves in. Just a few more weeks until Spring!
On Thursday Steve came in from New Jersey to catch his first redfish. 11 knot winds and 30 degree temps didn't keep him from accomplishing his goal. He wasted no time loading the cooler with 10 reds and then played catch and release with another 12. From the first stop to the last, there were slot reds caught at each stop. After catching several drag screamers back to back at the last spot, we called it a day, leaving a hot bite.
Rick and Tom from Florida came in to catch some redfish this week. They were referred to Victory Bay Charters by their buddies who had a great trip with us last month. We got a late start to let the sun warm things up. Despite strong winds and muddy water, Rick and Tom put a three man limit of redfish in the boat by noon. Live cocahoes from Island Marina and Gulp Shrimp were just what the fish wanted. What a great time it was, watching them slam the reds and hearing about their methods to catch trout and reds in Florida. Looking forward to being on the water with these two gentlemen again.
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.
Chris and his buddy Chris drove in to New Orleans from Florida on Christmas Eve to catch some reds. Both of them are experienced anglers and wasted no time hauling in their limit of redfish. Before I had the chance to drop the powerpole down at the first spot, they were doubled up on reds! The redfish were scattered more than usual and some were deep in the grass beds. Several were caught by throwing a spoon deep into the grass bed and performing a slow retrieve. As usual though, the cork and live shrimp caught the most. You can't beat live bait for reds when the water temperature is down. Around noon, the bite slowed down and we alternated back and forth between a just a few spots as the tide fell. The reason being that as the water level reaches particular flow rate, or height , certain trenasses will start to hold fish. Some for bass, some for sheephead, and most will produce redfish. Though, not many bass and zero sheepshead came over the side today. Plenty undersized redfish. A good sign for next year.
It was a great time on the water with these two gentlemen.
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!