Very Busy Week!!!
Well anglers this past week was busy for us at the Silver Side Lodges and Bayou Charters.
Even with the up and down winds, high and low tides the fishing has been great. Now is getting to the time when the trout are hitting the bottom and the reds are getting so shallow that their backs are out of the water.
Capt's Shane, Joe, Harvey and I have been catching trout in the areas of Point Finenne and Bay Jack. The trout are on the bottom but sometimes they will come to the top chasing the few shrimp left near the surface. The hot bait right now is the Saltwater Assassin Glo Curltails and the Blurp Electric Chicken. All are presented on 3/8oz jigheads.
For the redfish, they are on Fire!!! Yesterday we had the crew in from Castrol Oil -- Cleveland, OH. My guys wanted HUGE REDFISH. We ran out to Drum Bay and hit them good. We fished with gold spoons but they would just follow them, unlike the day before when they were chasing them down. I noticed this so we switched to live shrimp under a cork and we started pulling them in to the Triton. Our first fish was just under 42lbs!!!!! We caught and released another nine that were between 22.5lbs to 31 lbs. All of these fish were caught on 8lb power pro and live shrimp. Fishing this way with light tackle is not only a challenge but a thrill to see these big fish moving over less than a foot of water with their backs out!!
After we finished catching these monsters we moved to the ponds. The tide was very low so we had to troll in very quitely to the honey hole. We pulled up and it was ON!!!
We caught and released 44 more reds on spoons and live shrimp. We finished the day with 54 reds!!
Capt. Shane and Capt Joe had Gayle Bailey and his crew for their last
day of fishing and sleeping at the Silver Side Lodge. They had their limits of Reds by 8:00am and caught and released twenty or more before heading to another spot to catch a few trout for the box. Gayle and his crew left catching over 60 redfish.
Capt. George Ricks helped me out with the Castrol guys yesterday catching 75 trout on Exude glo curltails under a cork. These guys were shipping all of the fish they caught back to Ohio for a company fish fry next week!!!
We have cancelled our trips for the next two days due to weather but will be back at it next week.
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Hey Capt. Rick, yes we are using 8lb power pro with 20#leaders. The area that I am fishing right now is an open lake with no structure at all. This area was built by the oil companies laying pipelines in the area. These big fish don't fight like they do during the summer but it took Tom about 35-40min to get this one in. You know how it is when a fish that size gets worn out in shallow water they almost just pull slowly so you are just trying not to break the line when pulling them in. But yes we sometimes use the smaller stuff when fishing in the ponds for distance when our customers are not avid anglers.
Charlie,,,dont take this the wrong way,,,but when you fight a fish that size, for that long on ultra light tackle, Thats a dead one when he is released.......even if he does swim off. 30-40 min is WAY to long. Come on man.
Dont you think you should use heavier tackle for that.
It looks good on a fishing report,,,,,,but not good for the fish.
Hey Rick, none taken. That fish did live but it did take along time with me on the side of the boat allowing it to get back up to steam. I know that you won't believe me but our fish are somewhat different then any redfish in other areas. Why I have no idea, but I have fished up the East Coast, all of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas and our fish are some studs when it comes to fight and release. I know that that big fish lived because I went back into that lake the next day and there were no dead fish. But I hear ya on the mortality, I didn't think we were going to have that big of fish in there yet but they were there??
I understand and just wish that all of my customers would understand that you don't have to kill everything you catch!!!