The Not-So-Magic Marsh

Back in early October I met up with Trey and Keith (both of whom have been mentioned here before) and Taylor (who hasn’t appeared here before). Trey moved down to Des Allemands earlier in the year, so we went to an area that he’d been trying to fish a little more frequently. The area is similar to Pointe Aux Chenes in the aspect of submerged vegetation, lots of open water areas with broken marsh spread out. There’s a particular area of marsh nearby that I’ve always heard has a good reputation, so we were going to work our way up there.

As usual, I did a lot of moving around. It’s my style of fishing. I hate staying put for more than a few minutes. I was finding a lot of grass flats where the grass was matting on the surface. It makes for a pain if you’re trying to work a Skitterwalk. I would typically cast and work the topwater plug back along the edge of the matted grassline, and it did pay-off for me.

We continued through most of the pipeline canals following the same pattern but with little success. When we came to a break in the shoreline with some water moving around a point, I casted a Vortex Shad in C-Shad. That cast returned with a small, but legal, trout on it.

Taylor working a Whopper Plopper along a grassline

As we finally made our way up to the area we had started referring to as the “Magic Marsh”, it became clear that today was not the day for magic. The water was quite muddy and matted hydrilla was everywhere. We decided to head back and fish areas we were a little more familiar with. Though I did see a few more fish, I would not hook into another fish.

As Trey and I worked a shoreline on our way back to the launch, I heard a splash followed by his shouts of triumph. He had hook into a nice red! After the fight and release, we decided it was time to meet Taylor and Keith back at the launch.

Keith had ended up catching a few reds and a drum, if I’m remembering correctly.

I always enjoy fishing with Trey and it was great getting to fish with Taylor. I hope we get the chance again in the near future.

Trey is selling his 2015 Jackson Big Tuna (in the picture above). If you’re interested, shoot me an email and I’ll relay the info to him.

After this trip, my next trip out would be for the Redbone Fishing Club’s Festivus Tournament in Cocodrie. Stay around, that report will be posted shortly.


A Quick Trip in the Coosa FD

I recently got a chance to use one of the new Coosa FDs from Jackson. If you’re unfamiliar, the FD (short for Flex-Drive) is Jackson Kayak’s first pedal model.

This video is not a review video. It was just meant to be a quick way to show the boat’s stability and hands-free mobility.

I’ve always seen the clips for Dockside TV but had never searched them out until the recent batch of Instagram posts they put out showing redfish chasing down their Matrix Craws. I’ve yet to watch other their other videos, but this is some great footage!

Persistance in Terrebonne Parish

I’m really trying to amp up the amount of time I’m spending on the water. I spent hardly any time on the water over the summer. Now, with the cool fronts soon to be coming, I know the fishing will be picking up and I feel I need to take advantage of that situation before the holiday season, and before we welcome our baby girl into our lives.

With this in mind, Karl and I headed down to Cocodrie a few weeks ago. There’s not much to write in regards to that trip. While I was seeing fish in our pond, I couldn’t get a cast in front of a red before it would spook off. After being out for a few hours, I could tell Karl was getting a little frustrated as well. We decided to pack it in early, as we had both started to lose our motivation.

Frustrated from that last experience, I decided to head back to the same spot about a week later. Maybe I felt that I needed to prove to myself that I could still sight-cast redfish after neglecting the fish most of the summer. That might be silly, and maybe that’s not really what was going on in my mind, but that was my excuse to go, haha.

Upon arriving, the water was kind of high, but there was little wind. I launched and headed off the main canal and into one of  the small ponds. Near the back of the pond I saw a wake, and then a tail. I flipped the Bugg that’s now almost always tied onto my spinning set-up, and immediately had my first fish. Maybe around a 20″ red. The day was already better than my last time out.

After a few minutes I headed on to the pond that is usually our destination when we come to this area. While still in the main canal, I noticed a big wake pushing up the bank towards me. I assumed it to be a big red and may a cast, but after a few more seconds I quickly retrieved my lure. Though it wasn’t too big, it was a blacktip shark. I’m starting to notice them more and more.

Once arriving at “the pond” it didn’t take too long til I had what would’ve been a limit had I been keeping them.

Though this happens from time to time, it’s still a cool experience…

I noticed a couple of reds moving up along a bank, hitting small targets as they pass. I casted out in front of the two, but I was too close and they spook. But then there’s a third that I didn’t notice swimming underneath the other two. When they spooked, he grabbed it!

It was a short trip but fun nonetheless. I was hoping to get out this week, but we just moved our family into a new place. With a new baby coming, we needed some extra space. This move has eaten up my free time (fishing time) for two weeks but now we’re getting settled in. I’m looking forward to the fall!

An Inactive Summer.

I just realized that I haven’t made a post since early June. Sorry to anyone who may keep checking back from time-to-time. The honest truth is that I haven’t been doing a whole lot of fishing this summer. That’s been kind of a let down, but I’ve had things to keep me busy.

Since my last post regarding the PAC Redfish Marathon Series, I’ve fished with my boss, John, at a honey hole of his where we were watched by alligators but caught quite a few really beautiful reds. They were soo dark! I also fished LKFC’s annual July tourney, the LA1 Slamboree. This has become a tradition for Karl and I. We fished the same area we fished the very first year we participated in this tournament (2013). We had a great time and though we didn’t place, we did catch a lot of fish. This includes my personal best redfish in a kayak. I didn’t have a scale to accurately weigh the fish, but it measured 36.25″ and ended up holding the top redfish position in LKFC’s online CPR tournament. This doesn’t win me anything, but is still pretty cool.

I’d been hoping to get back out on the water soon, but had to hold off due to the high tides and storm surge Hurricane Harvey brought in. In my area of Louisiana, we didn’t receive too much bad weather from the storm. As is the case with most of us here in the south, we’ve seen the effects of flooding and have likely been affected by it in some way. We’re no strangers to hurricanes and violent storms. But it tears me apart inside to see peoples lives turned upside down like what’s happening in Texas right now. We’re doing what we can from home, and we’re praying for South TX and SW Louisiana.

To lighten up the mood, here are some photos of the few trips over the summer…

June Trip with John (Undisclosed Location)

Here are some highway pics of the sky (because I’m gonna be THAT guy!)

LA1 Slamboree

Eclipse Photos (because it was the coolest natural event of the summer):

Can’t really tell in the photo, but the light outside was strange… weird shadows… also the crescent shape of the shadows…

And lastly, my son… because life ain’t complete without him… and neither would this post… (yes, I’m THAT dad!)

In the rear-view, looking through his binoculars

playing in the rain