One of the biggest hauls of the year happened this past weekend. While Captains Matt, Kenny, Alex, Tom and Jimmy Ray were rolling through the LA Marsh, they found something good. Over some oyster reefs, there was a few shrimp jumping and birds working. Underneath that commotion, was a wide freaking open trout bite. The boys quickly rigged up double rigs and let the chaos begin. Better than half the bite was big white trout, but hey "white trout is betta dan no trout". They did have some good sized speckled trout mixed in, but the big whites were so thick you seldom got through them. They said it was about 70/30 mix on big whites and keeper speckled trout. Weird, but good was the fact that almost no cat fish were caught.
I was working a near shore trip with Trent and Crystal Clark from Wetumpka, AL. They were celebrating there anniversary, and got picture perfect weather all morning. They did fantastic on the slot reds, flounder, puppy drum and white trout. Last fish of the day for them, was a 40 inch bull red. I thought Mrs Crystal was gonna kiss her husband to death, she was soo happy.
While I was finishing up at the cleaning tables, the trout slayers began returning to the dock. It was impressive to say the least. They all had ice chest, baskets, and buckets full of whites and specks. Several of the boats even grabbed a few slot reds and flounder, before heading in. It was great to see the trout on the dock, better late than never...
Capt Kenny and I, got to run back out in the afternoon. Italian/American movie star, Franco Nero was in town with some musicians and wanted to fish. Our pal, John Scialdone was nice enough to get everyone to the dock for a near shore trip. The wind and seas picked up, so we just fished the reefs. Some of the guys did not speak English well, but they knew to set the hooks and reel. Most if not all of the fish we caught, did not swim in the Mediterranean, so they were loving it. Kenny and Franco have fished together several times, and they now work very well together. We got to fish next to them the last hour or so. They were slinging drum, specks, reds and sheepshead over the side. They kept a good pile of fish for dinner they were planning later that evening.
Couple of hours of shut eye and then we were back at it for Sunday. We had 6 boats out and they all went in search of the trout. First part of the morning, we had all six boats working the same area. Everyone idled in and used the trolling motors to set up, and ALL the boats were hammering the fish. It was glass calm and very still, so you could see and hear everything. Very cool to hear the Boat Monkey Corks rattling, people cheering and fish flopping from that many boats. We all kind of spread out, and found our own schools of fish. I was fishing with one of my favorite families, the Striblings. Charles and Mr John were having a ball with the every cast bite. Like always, it became a competition, but this go round, Mr John was taking first prize. Charles did much better on the keeper trout, but Mr John crushed him on the numbers. All of the boats had to pump the brakes on the slaughter, and it was tough to leave em biting. Everyone went looking for bigger trout and or reds. I know Capt Matt had 6 slot reds, to top off his fish box.
We were first back to the dock, and we got to see the full loads come off the boats. Plenty of smiles, cold beverages and photos were shared at the Shore Thing Dock in Bayou Caddy. Some of the bigger came crews returned with 150 fish!!!
When I got back through the gates at The Boat House in Lakeshore, MS, the offshore boys had returned with some amazing fish. Our friends, Sid Leblanc and Dr Mack Murphy had some fresh sashimi on the cleaning table from the black fin and yellow fin tuna they had caught. They even had some barrel fish from deep dropping. The show stoppers, were the massive escolars they caught in 1,000 feet of water. Escolars, aka "oilfish" are prehistoric looking. They have huge reflective eyes, skin like a lizard, and teeth like a shark. You never know what you are gonna get when you come through those gates at The Boat House, but it is always interesting. Membership has its privileges...
Tuesday, we will NOT be hosting our Soldiers Angels/Wounded Warriors Fishing Fun Day due to inhospitable weather. We will be moving our outing to Tue November 11th. Its a bit of an inconvenience, but we wanna try and get our men and women of the armed service out fishing in the best weather we can.
When this cold front passes through, we will be right back on the water. The Shore Guides are now like kids in candy stores with the much improved bite. It seems as though our predictions of a banner fall may be coming true. We will be very busy in the coming weeks, but we still have boats open. If anyone wants to get in on the cool temperatures and good fishing, give us a shout...
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