The first part of the week, just making it do what it do on the inshore fishing. We had boats working out in the marsh and on the near shore reefs. It has been decent on both, with a variety of fish. Dr Jim Franks at the Gulf Coast Research Lab has asked me to keep an eye out for puffer fish? I sent a text to the Shore Thing navy and they have been seeing them regularly. Dr Jim wanted me to relay to not go near there mouth! They have a set of choppers that easily remove flesh and bone.
Fishing has been getting better in the LA Marsh. Hopefully that pattern of windy mornings is behind us. On the calmer days, the school trout bite has been keeping us busy, with big bull reds keeping everyone on their toes. Still nothing better on the planet than watching customer or young angler do battle with their first big bull.
Despite some crazy early morning winds, we have had a great plan b on the near shore reefs. All week, we have been working on speckled trout, sheepshead, black drum and a few reds. Been nice being able to take advantage of the early morning cooler temps.
Capt Alex did venture off to the islands one call day. He was playing out near Cat and Ship islands. They found some good trout and some keeper cobia! All the guides have been a sharp look out for triple tail . With more and more being seen and caught everyday, we are all fighting for who gets the Big Boy this year. Capt Kenny still has the Shore Record @ 27 POUNDS!
Capt Tom and myself did a TV Show with Barry Stokes and Fox Sports South on Wednesday. Capt Tom was the camera boat/scout boat. While we were idling out the bayou, Tom was already soaking baits and on fish. He called us in on the bite, after he caught 4 nice trout in 4 casts. We set up, and got 2 in 2 casts. Barry an I had to ham it up a bit. While we were shooting footage a nasty storm kicked up to the north. We high tailed it back to the dock and rode out the squall with captains Kenny, Ray and Alex. Saw some of the pics of the trout Capt Kenny had already caught, and they were some fatties!
Once the storm passed it was roll camera and back to work. The boats scattered and most eased out the LA Marsh. Capt Tom an I put the boats in open water to look for triple tail. We saw several, hooked many and landed a few. Best part of the day was having a bird dog. While we would shoot our attempts at catching, and did not need the camera boat, Tom was out looking. By the time we were done, Tom would have another waiting for us. Saved a ton of time and we got some great footage. Kind of cheating, but we were gonna cross the same stuff. I'm calling it a very successful outing, Thanks for the lay ups Capt Tom!
Grabbed a shower and some clean clothes before catching a ride to Venice, LA. The gang from Guice Offshore asked me to help fish on Capt Charlie Caplingers 45 Cabo for the Fourchon Oilmans Rodeo. Have not been back to the big deep in almost two years. Got a couple hours shut eye before we headed out of Cypress Cove. Stopped by Port Eads, before heading out South Pass to pick up a weed line south of Lena and Cognac(oil rigs). Dirty green pushed against pretty blue water greeted us. The line was full of hard tails, chicken dolphin, and flying fish.
Trolled west for most of the day and got several nice dorado for dinner. I was taking my turn in the tower when the ruckus started. All I could hear was screaming anglers and a 50 wide about to explode. Charlie saw the marlin hit and got everyone to clear the deck. After my awful attempt at chasing the fish he took over and had me running the deck with Billy Guice. Nathan Guice was a trooper and never gave up. Once we leadered the fish, Nathan got up and popped a tag in it. I got to bill the 250 pound blue but we got Nathan to hold it for some pics. It was the first one he has ever reeled in.
Made our way to the Port of Fourchon for one heck of a Captains Meeting. Got to see some plenty of my old offshore buddies and met many new ones. Still not much in the way of sleep and we were back on the water in a couple hours.
Joining us for day two was my good friend from Capt School Daniel "D-Rob" Robinson. Charlie, Nathan, Billy and myself trolled the majority of the day. Found some perfect 10 weed lines. Diving frigate birds, jumping tuna and dorado with flying fish and chicken dolphin all over the place. Would not be our day, all we heard caught all day was a wahoo and some tuna way way to the south.
Did find a piece of an old trawl with some triple tail on it. Grabbed one for supper but missed a hawg after we spooked it.
Before we headed back to the dock we had to try for some grouper. Used the sabikis to get about a dozen hard tails. None of the baits we sent down lasted more than 20 seconds. Huge amberjack and fat snappers would not let us get to the bottom. Both species were out of season, and all got the photo and release. Lotta work, and hated to release them, but very very fun
The last day of the rodeo, we had to try and get some fish for the board. Went looking for cobia, but could not get away from the snapper. Did find some nice sized Mangrove Snapper, one ate a medium sized hard tail!
One of the categories was for Jack Crevealle and we found 2 of those while jigging.
We had a few fish on the board for a couple of minutes before the masses returned. It was amazing to see all the tuna, dolphin, king mackerel, mangroves, trout and grouper. We saw the tournament winning Warsaw grouper being cleaned, it looked like they were skinning an Elk. The fish was 305 POUNDS!
Even the ride back to Venice the day after was a treat. With out a doubt, one of the coolest offshore experiences I have been a part of. Four days of flat water, good friends and fun fishing. Nothing beats summer time in the Gulf Of Mexico.
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