It seems as though I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, but not for much longer. I’ll have a recap from the past gap up soon.
Also, Happy New Year
The cold fronts have been coming through somewhat steadily recently. With the weather warming up during the week, and cooling down after a front by Friday, we decided it was time to return to areas of LA 1 that we hadn’t visited in a while. The forecast was calling for a mostly clear day, but winds in the 10-15mph range, and gusts up to 25.
We arrived at our spot right after sunrise and were greeted almost immediately. Karl brought along market shrimp, but started off throwing an artificial and had a red right away. I broke off from Karl & Andrew and stalked along a shoreline where I’d seen a few blow-ups. After a few minutes I started to give up, but then saw that familiar “V” shaped wake on the water, followed by jumping shrimp and blow-ups wherever it went. I followed him shortly and cast ahead of him. I waited and estimated when he’d be about to my lure and twitched it. There he was, first red of the day.
Soon after, the clouds moved on and the sun lit up the water. In the shallows, the water was very clear, clearest that I’ve seen without grass around. I spooked several fish that were hiding out in a protected little cove. Sometimes you have to spook them to find out what they’re doing.
I moved on further south in the same direction Karl & Andrew went and found a cut off of the main bayou. The bottom was covered in oysters. I picked up three small reds in there and then headed into the ponds it was feeding.
I searched around in the first pond for a bit but only spooked baitfish and one small slot red. I moved to the next pond and saw activity. Eventually, I made my way further toward the other connected ponds. I ended up in a cut that ran between three ponds. There were a few fish in the middle pond, but I couldn’t get the lure in the right place with the wind. I thought I saw a crab on the oyster bed below me so I started to drop the lure in front of him just out of boredom. Immediately, a red darts out from under my boat and smashes the lure. After landing him, I get a call from Karl. He and Andrew were fishing with shrimp on the bottom and caught a couple of decent trout. Having already caught five reds so far, I figured I’d go meet up with them.
When I found them, they had a few crabs, croaker, pinfish, reds and trout in Andrew’s “Tuna Tank” livewell. They had used some of the croaker to catch the trout. I ended up picking up a throwback trout there.
We continued on together, fishing in the main bayou. I tried to cast to a large sheepshead that I saw with no luck. I’m determined to get one on an artificial! I anchored off in front of a cut feeding into another pond. I worked the bottom there for a few minutes with just a pinfish to show for it. Then headed into the pond to find another small cut linking it to another pond.
I cast toward the second cut and got distracted with my other line. Not long after I noticed that the line was moving and so was the rod, but by the time I picked it up, whatever had been pulling let go. I cast again and pretty soon after had another red fighting me.
All of the reds caught by me were tagged and released this trip.
After loading up, Andrew gave his red to one of the bank fisherman near us. We then headed to Bridgeside Marina for a quick lunch, and after eating headed for the beach where we proceeded to surf fish. We didn’t catch anything but did watch the porpoises out off the beach smashing bait. They started going aerial which was pretty awesome to witness.
It was a long day of fishing but was fun. The Grand Isle area is definitely one of my favorite areas to fish. If it weren’t for the drive, I’d be down there every weekend.
Video to accompany the most recent blog post.
If you remember, my friend, Trey, who lives in Dallas came to visit back in July. Andrew and I took him fishing and because of the weather near the Terrebonne marshes, we headed to Cypremort Point. He caught two reds that trip and Andrew caught a flounder. All I caught was the worst sunburn of my life.
Well, Trey and his family came back down to visit friends and family for his daughter’s birthday. Andrew, Karl and I were looking at going down LA-1, but decided to stay closer to make it back to visit with them and we invited Trey to come along.
We were out on the water early to some chilly temps and moderate wind from the NE, not too bad but enough to be a factor. We soon split up. Karl was using my wife’s Cruise 12, and Trey & Andrew were in the Big Tuna.
I started off trying to work a topwater around a few points and cuts but without any signs of fish. After the sun was up the fish started becoming a bit more active. My first hookup came near a pipeline canal. I was blind-casting into a small cove and felt that tug on the line. I knew it was a red by how quickly my line shot through the water. He put up a nice little fight and came in around 24.25″. I also picked up a 12″ rat red around the same area on a Vudu Shrimp under a cork.
I started heading more southward than I had been before, looking for new areas. Every turn that I’d make I could see wakes on the water and blowups right along the grass line. When I’d locate the fish working the grass, I’d watch him and wait for him to turn to the open water before sight-casting. If I’d try to make the cast while he’s up along the grass, I’d probably spook him.
My next hook-up came by applying that logic. I’d had been stalking the fish for about a minute and he started heading across the cove I was in. I made a great cast for him to intersect and he attacked my lure, but somehow managed to spit the hook. He didn’t run away immediately so I tried to feed him again but he wasn’t having it. I traveled on to more new water.
After spooking another, I noticed one swimming right toward my boat. All I could see of him was his spine through the murky cloud left by the previous red. He bit the Vudu Shrimp (without cork) and took off. The last time I hooked a big red on a Vudu Shrimp was during the LA-1 Slamboree and he ended up taking my lure. I’ve heard that Egret Baits upgraded the hooks in the newer shrimps so this would be the test. After a nice fight, he was netted, and came in at 25.5″. Trey & I had been texting and he let me know that they had landed 6 between the both of them. I soon picked up another one using my “grassline theory” that measured at 17.5″.
There are a couple of reds that I found a little bit comical. As I was drifting I noticed one swimming near the boat. Had I’d tried to stop or grab my rod he would’ve probably spooked so I just watched him as I drifted. If he saw me, I didn’t scare him. He started curiously following my tow flag hanging off the back of the boat. I figured he’d be an easy grab so I went ahead and made a cast. He had lost interest in the flag but the lure caught his attention but he immediately swam away. I had a few more fish who looked to be about ready to take the lure and then took off, so I changed colors. I had been throwing purple/chart. and moved to avocado.
The other comical story: I was fishing a small ditch between a small bayou and a pond. There was a fish swimming right for me so I made a cast and lost sight of him. When I did see him, he was under my kayak. A few seconds behind him was a bigger guy so I flipped to him and he attacked the bait but let it go, he then turned back toward me and, without casting, I just placed the lure in the water and moved it in front of him (about 3 ft away) and he nailed it. I just lifted him out of the water.
I ended up limiting out and called Trey and Karl to check on them. Trey and Andrew hadn’t landed anymore since talking to them earlier. Andrew had a 24″ (approx.) on the line but couldn’t get him to the boat. Karl landed 4 and ended up keeping 2. I can be pretty competitive when fishing with friends so knowing I was the only one with a limit was nice, and I had caught the biggest fish. Then, what became the story of the day happened.
It ended up being a personal best for Trey. Unfortunately, we did not get a measurement or weight on it.
Since 2011, YakAngler.com & Kayak Fishing Radio have organized the only kayak fishing specific awards. Last year was my first time taking part in the voting of the Kayak Anglers Choice Awards. There were many well-known kayak anglers who made it into several different categories. My favorite video from last year, Flying Fish by Drew Gregory, won best “Kayak Fishing Video of the Year” last year.
Voting has changed a bit this year. For three weeks we will be voting in rounds. Round 1 opened on Sunday, and is the top 30 nominees. I was quite surprised when I noticed this blog was included in the top 30 nominees for “Kayak Fishing Blog of the Year”. From what I can tell, voting for round 1 will close Saturday.
Whether I make round 2 or not, it is an honor to have something that I’m doing counted in something like this. Thank you to those who nominated me.
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