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Cat Island Kayaking, reef fishing, Marsh fishing and some WILD stories and pictures!!!

Crazy weather, fishing and "other things" occurred this past week. Got the pictures to prove some of the stories, but you are just gonna have to take my word on others... 

The Sport Trail trailers logged some miles, the boats were all over the place. We fished the reefs, bridges, CAT island and LA Marsh. Water has still been dirty most days, but we are getting to that magic 70-72 degree mark. I can only imagine once this last front gets through, and things settle down, it should be game freaking on!!!

Had a good one on Thursday. One of my High School buddies was in town. Steve Saucier, his Dad and his two brothers(Donny and Jimmy) were with me for a great trip to the LA Marsh. Got to catch up what is going on in his world, and catch some nice fish in the process. We logged some miles doing the stick and move through the marsh. Water was super low for the first part of the morning, but it was clean. Worked on some nice reds and sheepshead. Never did find a wide open bite, but grabbed fish at most every stop. The trout were spotty, but they are getting better and better every trip. Even in the low water, we grabbed some keepers on the Boat Monkey Popping corks with Matrix platics under them. Opening night or salt and pepper were the top producers. Did find some bull reds mixed in with them as well. Back at the dock, we found one of the most amazing and disturbing things inside one of the reds. We almost always check the stomachs of the fish we catch, just to see what they chewing on. Well... one of the smaller bulls stomachs was about to pop. With Capt Matt and the Sauciers at my side, I pulled a freaking PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE  out of the reds stomach(got pics too). It was a 12oz bottle that had been crushed with the cap back on. I have no theories or explanations, only a remedy. Keep your trash in a sealed compartments. Fish seemed to be in good shape, but I don't know how long that bottle was in there. Glad we caught him, no way that guy was gonna digest that thing. 

Capt Kenny was workin a near shore trip with Mrs Norma and Mrs Lois. Business as usual for them on the puppy drum and sea monsters. Kenny said the big ones were making them work. They were schooled and spooled by the majority of the big black drum.

Friday we had three boats out, two on a near shore an one in the marsh. Capt Kenny and Capt Alex were making a good day of it on the big drum, puppy drum and red fish. Alex was with Team Kada and Kenny was with Team McKellar. Very happy to see more and more reds on the near shore trips. I actually enjoy eating the puppy drum more, but I know most people we fish really like the reds. Just glad to have both available so close to the dock. Got nice weather most of the morning and both boats were able to cover plenty of ground. The water is still dirty in close from the flooded rivers, but the black drum and reds don't seem to mind.
I was with Team Pfister, a boat load of Shore Thing Veterans. Mike and the boys have been fishing with us for right at a decade. We have had some amazing trips over the years. No matter what the catch, we ALWAYS have a blast. When we got close to the marsh, Mike gave me a nudge and said, "keep a sheepshead hole on standby". We checked several spots, and caught a couple reds and trout, but did not load the box. Hit one spot on the way home for a wide open "LAMB OF THE SEA" sheepshead slaughter. Took about 45 minutes to top off the 120 cooler on live and dead shrimp. Left em snapping and hooked it home.
Saturday, Capt Matt had the Clint Price crew with him for a trip to the LA Marsh. He said finding trout was not a problem, finding keeper was. The did pick through the lil ones to get some keepers, but Matt said it was tricky. They were able to locate some nice reds, and happy to report they were free of plastic rubbish.
Me and Capt Alex were out at Cat Island with Bob Condia, kayak fishing. Had our work cut out for us, but it is too much fun kayaking out there. High dirty water and windy did make for the best conditions for Bobs fly rod, but we stuck with it. We would make super long drifts through the bayous. Instead of paddling or peddling back into the wind, Capt Alex would run the boat around to pick us up. Saw a couple reds, hooked a few and landed even fewer. Still a cool day at the island, pretty hard to have a bad time out there. Capt Alex saved the day, but he might have saved my boat on Sunday...
Busy morning on Sunday. Captains Matt, Alex and myself were running and gunning to get bait, ice, fuel. All trips were run in the Bay to hide from the howling 20mph SE winds. I was simply out of my routine, and made a very very careless mistake. I always tell people to do to the same thing every time when getting your boat ready, so you don't make mistakes. Well, while getting ready to launch, I ran into one of my old deckhands from Venice. Got side tracked catching up with him, and did not put the plug in my boat. I have had to pull a plug on a boat a few times, to save it from sinking, but I have NEVER had to put one in to stop it from sinking. Got very lucky with having Alex still at the launch. Threw him my keys, and kept the boat moving. Cooler than a cucumber, Alex backed the trailer in and got me out of trouble. She drained for a good 5 minutes, got back in the water and went fishing. Jeff and Mike were pretty good sports about the snafu and were just thrilled to be fishing. Jeff who is from Michigan told me all his fishing spots are frozen so this was a treat. We did great on the big sea monsters, but only nabbed one slot red. Capt Matt with Team Weinges did good on the puppy drum, bull reds, and stumbled on 5 flounders! Capt Alex was with Mrs Porshe and they were staying busy with the reds. Just glad all the crews were all able to make a day of it in less than perfect conditions. So what did learn today class? Don't litter, take your time getting your boat ready, never travel anywhere without Capt Alex...

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