If you talk to most people they will tell you that January and February is the worst months to go fishing. Well that is true if you do not like the cold weather and low tides, however there is a up side to fishing in the winter. First of all there is not a lot of traffic on the water during the winter months and that leaves all the good fishing spots to you. Second keep in mind with the cold fronts passing through every seven to ten days the water levels are normally lower then normal. With this being said the red fish will congregate in the deeper holes so they do not get caught in a pond that might dry up with a extreme low tide. The minnows in the duck ponds also know when these cold fronts are passing through and they will seek deeper water as well. Remember this the bait feed as well as the predator fish will always back up to the next location of deeper water when the area that they been feeding in dries up. With the water temperatures getting much cooler this time of the year the bite seems to get a lot softer and the fish are not as aggressive as they are during the summer months. Sometimes you might think you are just hung up on a oyster shell on the bottom and then all of a sudden you will feel him take it. Take your time in making the decision on if you are just hung up on the bottom or if you may have a red fish on your line. This could be some of the most memorable fishing trips of the year if you hit it right in between the cold fronts.
Last weekend I had Bazaar Foods down for some speckled trout fishing and a hog hunt. Andrew was a great guy and enjoyed his experience here at Bayou Log Cabins Fishing Lodge. We started off Friday with a great speckled trout fishing trip with the cast and camera crew for just some quality time on the water. The director Chris was a great guy and was very interested in all the wildlife we have around this area. He had lots of questions about the speckled trout habits and wanted to know how and when the migration took place each year. I think from our time on the water and the conversation he will be back during the warmer months to do some fantastic speckle trout fishing. The crew was a great group of guys and gals that enjoyed the day off spending some leisure time on the water doing some fishing. They kept wanted to pull out there video equipment and filming everything they saw. I guess it is just in they nature to capture everything they see. Funny how a camera man sees things that we take for granite but understands that other folks will very much enjoy seeing. I guess that is a gift that a good camera man has to have to be good at what he does. We ended up with plenty enough speckled trout to eat for dinner and that was the main objective in mind. Built some great memories with the cast and crew and made some great friends.
The other half of there trip was the hog hunt. And I must say it was a blast on the air boats showing those guys how we hunt hogs down here in southeast Louisiana. First thing Saturday morning we put the air boats over and crossed over the Mississippi River to the east side of the river and with a short run through the small canals we arrive at the spot where the hogs have been taring the grounds up. We ended up getting four very large hogs and what an experience they had hunting the hogs.
Well to rap up the day we headed back to Bayou Log Cabins Fishing Lodge where chef Todd cleaned up one of the hogs while a couple of the guys were flaying the speckled trout. It wasn’t long chef Todd had the hog on the smoker and was doing his thing. That night while the hog was just about finished we heated up the grease and started frying the speckled trout we caught the day before. Well by the time we sat down to eat, I can tell you that it was a meal fit for kings. My grand-paw always use to say I wonder what the poor people are eating tonight, of course meaning that we were for the most part we didn’t have a lot of money but yet had the opportunity to eat so well off the land. We all went back for seconds and some even for thirds as we enjoyed the harvest of the outdoors from the last two days. There was a lot of filming going on for both the speckled trout fishing trip as well as the hog hunt. The filming during the feast that Saturday night was short because the camera man was busy feeding his face if you know what I mean. I know one thing for sure is that everybody had a full belly when they retired for the night. Now that is what I call a very full weekend with a group of folks from out of town that is not used to our outdoors down in the south. These folks have been all over North America and has filmed many shows in other countries, however coming down to New Orleans and having the opportunity to experience what we have to offer is unlike no other anywhere they have been. Truly I can say that if you are a outdoors man and want to experience something different in terms of fishing or hunting you need to put a trip down to New Orleans Louisiana on your bucket list and come pass a good time with us on the bayou. Be safe and remember always eat what you catch or kill.