Little late… but better late than never. My buddy, Andrew, and I haven’t had much luck lately when it’s come to freshwater. Most of the time, I’ll be throwing spinners, cranks, & plastics, while he’ll be throwing a bobber for the sunfish. Well last weekend it paid off.
When we started planning this trip, I was hoping to head to the marsh. Andrew was looking to stay local though. So rather than drive 2 hours to get to the Cocodrie/PAC areas, we headed for Grand Avoille Cove. The cove is near the Lake Fausse Point area, outside the west walls of the spillway levee, and it’s about 15 mins from his driveway.
Once we were out there, we headed for the south side of the cove. As we worked our way back into it, Andrew caught a gaspargou. Soon after that, he hooked a long-ear sunfish. We kept working the bank, in and out of smaller coves inside hooking up on sunfish, undersized largemouth, and catfish.
As we started along the north end of the cove, one of my rods snagged a tree as I was passing, and into the water it went. I had been fighting with mosquitos and gnats and was just trying to find some wind movement. It was only 3.5 ft. of water and I was able to spot it and fish it out. I was almost ready to head back. Andrew had one more spot he wanted to hit up.
We pulled up to the mouth of a bayou system back in the northwest side of the cove. We started casting into a circle of cypresses. Immediately, as our small black/chart. jigs would hit the water, the bobber would sink and we were pulling back decent sized bluegill and other sunfish. They were pretty stacked in there and just kept biting and when it started to die down, I switched to a Gulp cricket and it was back on!
After we finished up there, we headed back to the truck. We saw a kid “eat-it” on a hydro-slide, that gave us a good laugh!
Anyway, on Sunday we decided to try out an area closer to Morgan City, between Gibson and Donner. It’s a pipeline canal that looks promising. We hit it up a few weeks prior with no luck, but we blamed it on the front that passed through the day before.
This time… we got a good paddle on a pretty day. Lots of fish, nothing biting. Maybe this area’s also seen too much pressure or maybe we weren’t there at the right time of day for the bite.
Regardless of whether you catch anything or not. It’s still just great to be out. More is planned for the weekend; two marsh trips and a local pond to introduce a young guy to the sport! Hopefully we’ll find the fish, but if not, we’ll still have a good time.
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.
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!
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″.
We continued our paddle back, Andrew caught more. Coming through a canal, we started pulling in specks on every other cast.
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.
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!