I’ve just recently returned from the Jackson Kayak Dealer Summit in Tennessee. Had a great time and have a bit to post from it, but I’ll get to that in due time…
In the meantime, here’s a report from Cocodrie the day before we left…
It was somewhat of a last minute trip when we decided to give Cocodrie a shot. Karl loves my video “Muddy Pumpkins” from two years ago, and I was going to try to show him where I was that day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have quite the same luck, but we did catch some redfish.
We got out early and headed into the nearby marsh. The water was high, which usually means the reds will be buried in the marsh grass, so I immediately started trying to get as far back into the marsh ponds as I could. I found a few ponds in areas I hadn’t been before and started see a few fish here and there. The water was surprisingly clear back in those ponds, but that meant the fish would be a bit more spookable. I did manage a couple of rat reds on a Vudu Shrimp (a lure I really like throwing in Cocodrie).
Just a few minutes later, I was in another pond and got a clean cast on a fish, but it spooked when the lure came near him, so I decided to switch it up and put on the Buggs Curl-tail Jig in Blue Crab. After switching lures and waiting briefly, another red gave itself away while prowling the bank. I short-casted the Bugg and it was chased down by the red. After a nice fight, this 26″+ red was welcomed aboard!
I then regrouped with Karl and we headed to my “Muddy Pumpkins” location. In the video, there’s a small pond where there’s a lot of fish being spooked. It’s when you see all the mud being kicked up about halfway through the vid. Well, we reached the entrance to that pond and I told Karl to go in and I’d wait outside. I figured, with my success with fish in the previous pond, there might be a fish or two in this one, and I wanted Karl to have first dibs. He headed in and I waited outside. I started nodding off into dream-world when I heard Karl “whooping”. I stood up to see his rod doubled over and splashing on the other end of his line. He netted and measured the fish. 24″!
After that we headed back to the launch. I still had a bit of packing to do. Twenty-four hours later, I’d be on the road to Sparta, TN!
Sorry that it’s been awhile…
In early September, Karl and I got the chance to fish Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club’s PAC Attack tourney. This tournament is a special one for some of us because it’s one of the few set in Pointe Aux Chene, which is one of my favorite areas. Truth be told, I haven’t fished Pointe Aux Chenes much at all this year. As a matter of fact, it hadn’t been since April that I’d been there prior to this tournament. PAC Attack is a three redfish tournament. After a few nights of virtual scouting, I had a plan.
We arrived at the launch just before “lines-in” time. Only a few other kayak anglers were launching at this spot. We headed to our first spot, a large grass flat that could be seen on Google Earth. We got there to find another angler already working it, so we kept our distance and I eventually moved northward. There were many more grass flats in the area, and I was sure there were reds to be found there.
I eventually neared a cut in the grass line which opened into a canal with a little water movement. I saw a few topwater splashes and a some small wakes so decided to make a few casts. I ended up finding a couple small trout that wanted the Matrix Mullet I was walking on the surface. Also, there was this guy…
It’s the first Jack I’ve ever caught. Doesn’t quite meet “bucketlist” requirements, but there it is, haha!
The furthest away spot on my planned route was another grass flat I was sure would produce, but as I got closer to it, I noticed a non-kayak fishing it. I pulled out my phone to find another similar spot nearby. When I got there I continued working the topwater. I picked up a nice 25″ red pretty quickly, and spotted a few more, but I’d only come away with one from that location.
I soon heard from Karl that he was on some fish and had already limited out. They weren’t big, but they were legal, and by this point it was late in the day. Legal was what I needed. I headed back to meet up with him. I picked up another small trout along the way, Karl picked up a bull…
We made our way down to an area we haven’t fished in two years. There were still plenty of fish around, but bites were few and far between. I did manage a 20 incher one on a site cast, which finished me off for the tournament stringer. We headed to the weigh-in.
I haven’t fished a BCKFC Tournament since 2015’s Paddlepalooza. It was good seeing familiar faces from both clubs (Lafayette club members also fished). There were 58 total anglers signed up, 38 of which weighed in. I ended up finishing at 15th with 12.14 as my weight, Karl at 18th with 10.34 as his weight. Full results below:
I had a great time fishing the tournament, and Eddie Mullens has a great setup down at Pointe Aux Chenes Kayak Rentals and Launch (where the weigh-in was held). Definitely look him up when you’re headed down there.
I’ll be headed to Tennessee for the Jackson Kayak Dealer Summit this weekend. I hope to post more when I get back.
David Mangum and the crew at Shallow Water Expeditions have been cranking out some great saltwater fly-fishing content that I had no idea about. I just stumbled across these videos earlier today.
This one got me pumped…
Here’s some of the footage from a trip last month…
Ever since the first time I fished the LA1 Slamboree, LKFC‘s largest event, it became my favorite kayak fishing event of the year. No time that I’ve fished it have I done very well, and it’s usually one of the tougher events of the year, but I enjoy it greatly. This year, I wasn’t even sure I was going to get to fish it with the way things have been going at the shop. Things did come together and on Saturday morning, I was at the launch.
Last year, I pre-fished the day before the tournament and stayed at the marina that night. Though Karl and I had a place to stay lined up this year, we didn’t actually leave until the morning of the tournament. We ran late and didn’t actually launch until about an hour after the start time. We decided to fish near Topwater Marina in Leeville because of the uncertainty in what the weather was doing. Neither of us have fished the marsh near Topwater so we relaxed and enjoyed the adventure. Most of the morning was spent watching the clouds as storms were formed and gradually passing us over.
The fishing was slow, and I wish there were more details to write about. I eventually picked up a mid-slot redfish in a marsh choke-point at the end of a canal. No pictures of him as we were again watching the skies…
After checking the maps we moved a bit further east and found another choke-point. Karl, while drifting hooked a trout that ended up jumping off right at the boat. I anchored down right inside the cut, and started casting a Tsunami Swim Shad (holographic green) and a GULP minnow, swapping out every few casts. I caught several trout here, both speckled and white. The largest measuring a hair under 12″. Too small. As I was about to get a picture of one, it jumped out of my hands, tail-slapped me in the face (slime in my beard) and hit the water. Not long later, I hooked another redfish. He went straight into the cooler measuring 17″. He was smaller than the first but no matter. Then, a flounder… the elusive flounder… I had a flounder! I had him out the water and in the net. He was small but I wasn’t sure if he was too small. After searching the regulations (both tournament and state), back he went. He only measured 10″.
It was then we decided to move off the water with lightning popping to the north and more storms moving in. I even spotted a funnel cloud in one of the cells headed our way. We were tired and hungry. We made our way back to Topwater and loaded up. We were then going to find a place to eat while waiting for the weigh-in. Leeville Seafood was closed and Grand Isle was jam packed for the Tarpon Rodeo. Not knowing the local restaurant too well, we headed to Golden Meadow. We got back in time for the weigh-in and awards ceremony. My lone redfish didn’t do too well but I had something to weigh-in, so no complaints.
Here are the top finishers:
Slam Category (1 of each – Slot Red, Trout, Flounder):
1st place – Brendan Bayard (3 fish Slam 10.39lbs + 2 lb bonus = 12.39 lbs)
2nd place – Timothy Thomas (3 fish Slam 7.45lbs + 2 lb bonus = 9.45 lbs)
3rd place – Chuck Bahan (3 fish Slam 6.82lbs + 2 lb bonus = 8.82 lbs) — Jackson Kayak Team Mate
4th place – Steve Lessard (3 fish Slam 6.80lbs + 2 lb bonus = 8.80 lbs)
5th place – Tyler Drude (3 fish Slam 6.29lbs + 2 lb bonus = 8.29 lbs)
Calcutta Category (Speckled Trout):
Graves Bayard (youngest angler registerd) – 2.76 lbs
Leopard Redfish Category:
1st place: John Berube – 5 spots ($115 Pack & Paddle Gift Card)
2nd place: Jeff Robinson – 4 spots ($50 Pack & Paddle Gift Card)
Congrats to everyone!
The next LKFC tournament is on 8/20. It’s Cajun Castaway which will be held at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles. It is also a slam format tournament and the leopard red winner will win a kayak donated by Pack & Paddle. Info can be found HERE! I will not be fishing this one, unfortunately. My next tournament will be on 9/10. It’s BCKFC‘s PAC Attack, a redfish tournament in Pointe Aux Chenes. More info to come on that one.