First post, and report.

First post, jumping right in! After a few freshwater trips looking for the pre-spawn bass, but failing, we headed out to the Cocodrie area looking for reds. My buddy, Andrew, and I got off to a late start, not getting into the water until around 7:45-8am. Luckily, it didn’t hurt us too bad.

The wind was a challenge, but after only about 20 mins on the water, Andrew hooked onto a nice red. Not long after, he landed a 16″ speck. And for the rest of the morning, he consistently was setting hooks while I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong.

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This continued until around 11 or so. By the time Andrew had caught another 2 fish, I finally caught 2 rat reds on back to back casts, one of them with 6 spots!

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A few more missed hooksets, Andrew with another 2 fish in the cooler, we started our paddle back to the put-in, slowly. With the wind picking up, our pattern of motion was paddle up to the shoreline, cast while drifting back, paddle up, repeat.

I casted out along the shoreline and started a steady retrieve (the trend for the day). Felt a thump. I waited a second worrying that I may have snagged something but then felt the pulling, so set the hook. Landed my only legal red for the day at 23″.

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We continued our paddle back, Andrew caught more. Coming through a canal, we started pulling in specks on every other cast.

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At the end of the canal was a pond with shallows pockets. I noticed movement near a north bank where a small ditch was draining in. Nothing. Andrew had moved into one of the shallow (6″) areas. He noticed a red tailing and casted to him. He hit it twice but not well enough. The wind then picked up strong so we headed in.

All in all it was a good day. Andrew hauled them in, and I didn’t come home empty handed, so I’m satisfied.

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All fish were caught on LSU colored Bayou Chub Minnows on a steady retrieve.

I can’t wait to head back for the marsh, but in the meantime we’ll be heading back to lakes and bayous looking for the Largemouth!

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