One heck of a weekend! We had 3 boats out on Saturday and 3 boats out on Sunday, all did great. Had picture perfect weather both days, with nice mild temperatures. Only had one boat go to the marsh, but the other 5 trips were off the charts. The near shore fishing has really turned on, and we have been taking full advantage of it.
Capt Kenny was the first one out on Saturday with the Lawson crew. When we got close to them, they already had a red and a pile of sheepshead in the boat. I was out with my favorite band of misfits, team “Knuckle Head”. Chris had brought his buddy Owen, who just helped St Stanislaus College Prep win the State Championship in soccer (goalie). We had very little time to chit chat with Capt Kenny. The boys went straight to work and stayed hooked up. Seemed you got bit every cast, but that did not mean you got a fish in the boat. Between spit hooks, hang ups and break offs, we were lucky to get one out of every three. It was very fast paced fishing, but extremely fun. Was happy to see some good action on the reds. Our boat got 4, Kennys crew had two and Matt(with the Rowell crew) nabbed a couple.
My crew ran out of time, these boys had a little shin dig to get to. Not really a big deal since we ran out of room with a box of sheepshead, 4 slot reds and one puppy drum. Capt Kenny has the biggest fish box out of all our boats, and he put it to use. The had close to 30 sheepshead but said they shook off or lost way more than that. He did have a few reds to top off an already full box. Capt Matt was with Jt and Sandi and they were loaded down with fish too. He had a boat load of sheepshead, redfish and even a flounder. All three trips were in MS waters. Great trips for when the kids are out for Spring Break, Mardi Gras and Easter Holliday. This fishing should be incredible for the next two or more months!
And then there was Sunday Funday…
Had three boats out: One trip to the LA Marsh, one family fun trip, and one shake down cruise. Capt Matt got the only paying gig on Sunday. He had Todd and the Gonzales boys for great day red fishing in the shallow ponds. He said the water was murky but full of reds. The Mighty Matt said most of their fish came off blind casting spinner baits. He rolled back in with 17 slot fish and they released several bulls.
Since Captain Kyle will be more of a consultant this year, we yanked a guide out of Venice, LA. Capt Alex McIngvale will be joining forces with us this year. He took over Kyles 24 Blazer Bay and was getting a feel for it. Since Alex is from here, and that boat is best kept vessel in our fleet, he was really out playing. He spends every winter guiding duck and goose hunts in the Delta. He was due for a relaxing day on the water before we work him like a rented mule. When we left him, he was doing a great job of dirtying up that boat with the Bay Snappers. Looking forward to having Alex back in town, if it flies, swims or crawls he can kill it, and kill it good…
I had two trips fall apart at the last minute for Sunday. With the weather so nice and the fishing so close and easy, I took my girls fishing. My wife and 4 year old daughter were treated to one of the best days on the water we have ever had. Margot, my daughter came sprinting out of her room at 6AM screaming, “we are going fishing today”! This was the first time they went with me from start to finish. We all went to get bait, get the boat, launch, fish, pick up and clean the boat(all fished released). Big day for me as no one cried or got puncture wounds from fish or sharp pointy things. Did help that we were fighting our first fish less than 5 minutes after pulling away from the dock. My gals did great, and by the end of our 2 an ½ hours on the water, they were baiting hooks, feeling the bite, setting hooks, reeling em in and netting fish. My lil one got her first sheepshead and first red fish, it was a big day for us. Action was about as good as we could have ever wanted. No more than a few minutes between fish, even though we missed a ton. When the natives got restless, we simply pulled the anchor and were back on land a few minutes later. Gotta give a big thanks to Mr Roland at the Tackle Box in Long Beach Harbor. He not only had live shrimp, but let my lil deck hand help him scoop them out of the tank. It blew her pretty little mind! I spend more days on the water than most, but these are the days that I never ever forget.
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