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4 Days at Cat Island, a little more triple tail work, and plenty of trout, reds, flounder and more!!!!


Yowzah!!! What a wild ride the last couple of days have been. Looking like we are at the end of our triple tail collection work with the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL). Captains Kenny, Matt and myself were able to help them meet their goal. We actually went over it! Could not have done it without Bradley and Eric, those two were insanely good fisherman. A few days I even called in some help from our fishing buddies Brian Raymond, Bobby Lamb and Nathan Guice. Thanks for all the help fellas! Bradley said all the fish are eating well, and looking very healthy. We are looking forward to see what this brood stock will do. I guess all they need now, is some scented candles and Barry Whites Greatest Hits?....
Myself, Chris Walters, Walter Gaudin, along with Captains Matt and Alex got to spend 4 awesome days out at the Cat Island House with John Branch Experience. John and our pal David Davis have been to the house before. Truth be told, me Matt and Alex used to teach water skiing, sailing and fishing with David many years ago at Camp Stanislaus. We lived together for many summers and had a blast catching up on all the fun times we used to have "back in the day".
They recruited another crew of family and friends to join them on their 2nd adventure. The last time these boys were out at the island, it was June. We spent the almost the entire trip hauling in huge speckled trout. We only saw red fish on the last hour of the last day. This would be an entirely different trip, but very very fun!!!
The crew came in from all different parts of the U.S. we David from Arkansas, John and Kevin from ATL, some were from Florida, some were from Louisiana, some were from Minnesota. We got treated to flat calm conditions for the majority of the trip. One windy morning, we skipped fishing and took the entire crew to see the island. They got to see a bunch of wild life while they were out there. The eagles, osprey, herons, pelicans and hummingbirds were out in full force. Even got up close and personal with an alligator. The one animal we really never saw were the raccoons.
Like we said, the fishing was different, but very good this go round. We spent the majority of our days working the marsh banks for red fish. The slot reds were very good to us. We did get to see some monster flounder, David got a hawg, but John got one over 5 POUNDS!!!
They wanted to see some variety, so we did our best to accommodate. Myself, Alex and Matt were able to help the boys get on some big speckled trout, slot red fish, Spanish mackerel, big sharks, huge stingrays, flounder, bull reds, white trout, sheepshead, and even some Red Snapper(released).
We are still slinging the Boat Monkey Popping corks with either live shrimp or minnows under them. When the fish get turned on, we are switching to soft plastics(Savage 3-D Shrimp and or Matrix). I have been very pleased with my new Okuma Helios spinning reels. The Okuma Inspira has taken a back seat to this little work horse. I did get a chance to try our the new Okuma Coronado, and it is smooth as silk. Since it is the only one of my "big fish spinning reels" with a live bait feeder, I will likely be switching to this new model. Using 20lb braid on my 30 class spinners and 60lb braid on my 55-65 class spinners.
Chef Chris kept us all fat and happy. From the shrimp and crab boils, to the big truckers breakfast, it was painfully delicious. Since we stayed and extra night, we did big steaks one evening. Chris kept a few of the big shrimp for the grill and did surf n turf. It was freakin fantastic.
The last evening was on a Saturday, so we did our fish and shrimp fry a little early so the boys could watch some football. It was pretty cool because the upstairs tv had the Alabama vs Ole Miss game on, and the down stairs tv had the LSU vs Troy game on. That way we didn't have flip back n forth to keep everyone happy.
Not gonna lie, the ride home from island on Sunday was sloppy. Cant say enough about how well the new 26 Avenger handled the angry seas. I don't purposely take my brand new boat into rough conditions, but unfortunately, sometimes you do have to go through them. It has been very comforting to know how well that beast of bay boat can handle the rough stuff.
We have a very busy fall ahead of us. The Cat Island house is slammed well into November. The day trips out of Bayou Caddy are looking just as busy. If yall wanna wet a line, and we have a boat available, it is first come first serve. We hope to see yall out there. Thanks.

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