Absolutely incredible fishing this week. Everyday seemed to be the same weather pattern. We got a little chop on the ride over to the LA Marsh. By mid morning it would lay out, and then get a nice calm ride home. In between, we did get to do some fishing....
They boys have run close 40 trips in the last 7 days. We somehow fit a Cat Island trip in the mix. There is plenty that will be missed in this report, but that is why we take pictures.The trout fishing this past week, was the best we have seen so far in 2015. Some of the boats started checking the shell bottoms with big shrimp and croakers on the Carolina rigs. The big trout have been there, but the numbers have not been (at least for us). The school trout and bird trout have been the best thing going for the majority of our trips. The best part of the week has been breaking out the double rigs and skull dragging trout 2 at a time!!! The steady action on the school trout has completely depleted our stocks of Matrix soft plastics. By the end of the grind we were using the old school sparkle beetles with the red dots. Capt Alex used a term to describe these baits I have never heard, "The Menstrual Minnows". Been on the water more time than most, and less than some but that was a first for me.
We have really enjoyed working the boats and charters together. Several of the days, we have put 3 and 4 boats on the same schools of trout. Last Tuesday, we had Nathan with me, The Hardy Boys with Capt Ray, and Team "Chartreuse" with Kenny. All three boats basically played leap frog with the boats to stay on one school trout. We had to run in a little early to stay ahead of a storm line, but we all came in with good catches of trout.
We have seen some old friends on the boats and at the dock this week. Brennan Compretta brought his boys for a Birthday trip on Sunday with Capt Ray. One heck of birthday party, they came in with 60 something trout and some big reds.
We had some groups come for a couple of days. The Bryant group did a LA Marsh with Capt Alex and did a near shore with me. They got a taste of great speckled and white trout fishing. We played with the sea monsters in the Bay. Tried to do a little shark fishing, but only managed to get a few jack crevalles to eat the baits.
We have run a couple near shore trips in an around the Bay. Even in murky water, the fishing has been incredible. The big sea monster black drum have been giving the Okuma reels all they want. Still getting the puppy drum, red fish, sheepshead, and a few speckled trout. Even seeing a few triple tails in close! These trips have been a fantastic way to "beat the heat". Leaving early with the short runs, you really get to enjoy the best parts of the cooler early mornings.
Captains Kenny and Matt, along with Chef Frank "The Real Deal" McNeil spent the weekend 7 miles offshore at the Cat Island House with Shawn and the "HERO" group. They got treated to some good weather, great food and fantastic fishing. I was not on this trip, but I am sure one or two adult beverages was consumed on the island by this band of misfits. They fish hard and play hard, but are always a lot of fun.
The Hurst crew got treated to nice mess of fish, compliments of Capt Darrien. These boys have had to reschedule several times this year due to lousy weather. Luckily they got one of the better days last week and wacked on the sparkle trout pretty darn good.
One of the most fun days last week was when Nathan came with his Millsaps buddy, Dr Rusty. We got their 50 specks and a mess of big whites, that in its self was awesome. The real fun was on the way home. We stumbled into a current line, loaded with trash and triple tails. Honestly, most of the fish we saw were juveniles. We tagged several small ones, and even dip netted a baby one. Rusty did get one 19 inch fish for supper.
Another Millsaps boy, Emile Craig was on board the day before with some of his buddies. The morning chop made for a slow start to our day, but we finished very strong. We joined Capt Alex and the Moore crew for a wide open trout bite. We put up the Boat Monkey Corks on this bite. The fish were holding deeper in 5 to 6 feet of water. We put the tandem rigs on and went to work. Emile had the hot hand and was slinging em in two at a time.
When it came time to leave, the engine would not turn over. While I had to switch over to one of my trolling motor batteries another charter boat stayed close by to keep watch over us. Many thanks to Capt Paul Leoni for sitting on standby. Our other boats were on their way in and out of radio range.
FYI, when you purchase a new battery, take the extra 2 minutes, and have them test it. Two days/trips later, I had the same issue. When I brought the brand new battery back, they tested it and told me the cells were bad. Got in a rush, and I paid for it. Cost me several hours of much needed sleep switching batteries. Assume NOTHING!!!
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