Trout Action

If you keep up with these posts you know that I don’t normally make trout-specific trips. Trout usually qualify as a secondary species on my target list. If I had said that I was heading to Grand Isle the week of Ride The Bull 9 (the world’s largest kayak fishing rodeo, which takes place on the island) to target trout, I would have been lying. In fact, I was hoping for my own “ride the bull” experience. Without taking part in the rodeo, I was hoping to stumble upon some straggler bulls that would be hanging out away from Caminada Pass. I knew it was kind of a long shot, but I had to try.

Jetties and submerged reefs paint a picture of the landscape. In fact, the spot is not a super-secret honey-hole, but a very public launch. Lots of open water. I started the day throwing a small Skitterwalk, and pretty much kept it available all day. When the water got a little rougher in the later morning, I upsized to the larger Skitterwalk. There was a little bit of Z-man Shrimp thrown in there too, but I mainly stayed with topwater.

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In the earlier morning, before the sun was high, there were obvious topwater smashes on bait. As the morning progressed, I hovered around a submerged reef. It was maybe two feet from the water’s surface. My Cruise’s Flex-Drive would get hung up on it every so often but never had any major issues. It kicked up anytime I ran it too shallow over the reef.

Anyway, the trout action was great. I attempted to sight-cast to sheepshead which were also feeding around the reef, plenty of them doing head-stands in the water – their tails subtly breaching the surface.

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Ironically, I only spotted three reds while out. One of them looked really nice, probably in the upper 30’s in length. That one I spotted and then lost it as I was about to cast. One of the other two looked to be a decent slot, but spooked, and the last hit the skitterwalk, but was average.

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I’ll be hopeful to make another trip down to the island in the coming weeks. Fingers are crossed that it works out.

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