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Big Fish, and one heck of a PARTY, at Cat Island(TROUT, REDS, JACKS AND COCKTAILS)!!!!


Good thing our closest neighbors from Cat Island are 7 miles away... What an incredible couple of days we had at the island house. Paul Bodamer and his crew of misfits had about as much fun as the law would allow. Being on the tail end of Tropical Storm Cindy, we all knew we were gonna have to work for the fish, but that did not stop these boys from having one heck of good time.
Paul has been out to the island house before, but he was able to recruit several of his buddies to come see what all the fuss was about. Drew, Louie, Scott, Owen and Richard were up for what ever. I was shocked when Richard Mestayer and Owen Penneguy got on the boats that first day. I went to high school with these two goof balls. Have not seen these two in years, and it was awesome to "catch up" with my old St. Stanislaus buddies. These boys wanted to see everything, and we did a bunch in our 3 days out there. Capt Kenny took everyone shrimping right after we got out to the island. Since we used a pile of live bait, it was really nice to top off the bait wells with extra shrimps and minnows. The majority of the fishing we did was drifting grass beds for trout, or fishing against the marshes for for red fish. The Boat Monkey popping corks were our main method of fishing. Since the water was still a bit murky, we used a lot live bait under the corks. We caught a pile of trout, reds and other critters, but we did release the majority of what we landed. Even though we caught a ton of undersized fish, the steady action was a welcome treat after such a lousy week of weather, leading up to our trip.
There were a couple of stellar early morning and evening sessions with the top water baits!!! The winds were fairly light this trip, and a some of the top water bites were absolutely insane. My old pal Richard nailed the biggest trout of the trip one evening on Capt Kennys boat. The big girl measured almost 26 inches and was righ at 5 POUNDS!!! Richard had a hot hand with those chartreuse and pink Skitter Walks. One evening he held his own with the rest of the crew throwing live bait. It sounded like a shooting gallery out there. Between those loud Boat Monkey corks, and Richards seemingly endless blow ups on the top water baits, it was just amazing!!!  Louie got the big fish of the trip, with a massive jack crevalle. The fish was caught on one of my new Okuma Ceymar 40's spinners. We had to drop the trolling motor to run that fish down. It wasn't the reel couldn't handle it, we just all wanted to get back for lunch, and some of Chef Franks legendary Cat Island Gumbo... Even had a buddy of ours swing by the house to say hello. The one and only Gary Becker and Tom Begley, (Founders of the Diamondhead Fishing Club), dropped by to say hello. Good dudes
We did get to explore some of the island, and the boys really enjoyed that. There was a pile of "treasures" washed up from the tropical storm. I think we could have beached combed the entire day, but everyone was enjoying the perfect weather, so we jumped back in the boats. The best news of the year was the fact that the hoarse flies were almost non-existent!!! I guess TS Cindy either drowned them or blew them out. As bad as those blood suckers were earlier in the Spring, this was the greatest gift mother nature could have ever given us.
Both nights, the boys got to watch the college world series. Even though the LSU Tigers didnt pull out the win, it was still very cool they got to watch the game out on the island. Chef Frank  eased their pain of the loss with jumbo boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, fried trout, seafood chowder, and plenty of desserts. A steady stream of "Adult Beverages" seemed to help them too...
Gotta say, I am enjoying the every living heck of my new 26 Avenger center console. The amount of room we have to fish on it is massive. Even though this boat is 3 feet bigger than my old boat, it can still fish in almost a foot of water. Really looking forward to getting this beast into those red fish ponds this fall and winter. The fuel efficiency is over a Mile per Gallon better too!!! On top of all that, it comes standard with a shiny new Sport Trail boat trailer just makes it that much sweeter.

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