Two rather good days of fishing, all things considered. Both Saturday and Sunday were fore casted for light winds and calm seas, we saw neither. Fishing was good to great both days. The trout have still been small and scattered, but the red fishing has been incredible.
Saturday, had to call in a favor to our good buddy, Capt Pappy Kenney. Capt Matt, and Capt Brent were booked. Capt Kyle and Capt Kenny were at the Sportsman show in Brookhaven. Pappy an I took Tommy Saucier and the Aerial Access Equipment/Yates group. We had 3 anglers on each and the competition was fierce between the two boats. Our trout bite early that morning was great, but had to pick through the fish again. We fished from 9 Mile to Lake Borgne and found fish at every stop. Tommy, Scott and Joey were there for the reds, so we jumped in the ponds after the trout picking. Had high water and the boys could all cast well. Putting live shrimp and finger mullet "against da grass", we put 10 slots in the box. Even added two sheepshead for garnish. The Old Pro and his crew did very well getting everyone a limit of reds on his boat. Between the two boats, Pappy and I had some work to do at the skinning shed. Team AAE/Yates brought in 30 reds, 20 trout, 3 sheapshead, 1 puppy drum and 1 flounder. Nice work gang, many thanks to Tommy Saucier for setting all this up, and of course the "Old Pro", Capt Pappy for the help.
Today was a day of many firsts for me. Only had one angler on the boat today, Mr Chris Gouras from Panacea, Florida. Thought I would be home early to watch the Saints game, but it turned out to be my longest day on the water this year. Mr Chris was here for the triple fishing, but the choppy seas sent us looking for redfish all day. The reds were no problem, we got his 5 and 3 for me(guides gotta eat too). Burned through almost all of our big shrimp an I actually had no intentions of triple tail fishing. The seas were pretty angry on the way home, but the Hydra Sport did great. The second buoy we passed in open water had a triple tail under it. Mr Chris got to show his skills, and they were impressive. Turns out, the 65 years young angler has been fishing hard core for triple tail for the last twenty years. He used a bullet weight and circle hook, much like you would a rig a bass worm. I have always been a cork man, but his technique was flawless. Did not get the fish to bite, mainly because I snagged the line on the crab float with my cork set up. The next few buoys we fished all had fish on them. When the smoke cleared, we had seen 10 triple tail in hands down the roughest water I have ever triple tail fished in. Mr Chris got 5 of them to bite with either the tiniest of shrimp we had, or dead shrimp. Every cast he made was on the money, it was a treat to watch. He kept two of the bigger fish, tagged two of the smaller ones and we broke off one. 3 of the ones we could not get to bite had some shoulders on them, they were good uns. I firmly believe this guy could even give the great Capt Kenny Shiyou a run for his money on triple tail, he was the best I have ever seen. Full day on the water, but learned some new tricks with a good dude.
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