Well the wind finally calmed down for a few days and we made the most of it by getting out and catching some beautiful speckled trout. Had a fishing trip Thursday, Friday and Saturday and I think Saturday was the best day in regards to the wind. We caught a box of trout all three days however Saturday morning the wind had laid down to where it was a perfect morning.
I picked my clients up from the cabins Thursday morning at safe light and headed south towards Barataria Bay with a pretty good wind out of he southwest at about twelve miles per hour and not many clouds in the sky. When we got to the open water there was about tow foot waves in the bay and we decided we didn’t need a facial with all the salt water spray that we would have had to deal with to cross over. We found a oyster reef and lee shore on the north side of Barataria Bay and went to work putting some beautiful trout on ice. The bite was not fast and furious but it was steady enough to keep everyone on the boat interested in who was going to put the next trout in the boat. The quality of the fish was great, nice seventeen to eighteen inch trout. All the fish was caught on live shrimp three feet under a popping cork. We only moved the boat twice and we ended up with sixty five beautiful speckled trout. The family I had on the boat had a great time fishing and of course built a bunch of memories that will last a life time. The wind picked up about around ten thirty and we headed in with a box of trout. They were staying in one of the cabins and wanted to fry fish for dinner that night so I gave them my fry daddy and well you know the rest of the story. They eat fried speckled trout until they were all full and ready for bed. Another great day on the water with a family that doesn’t get out on the water too often. The dad told me it was one of the most memorable fishing trips he has ever been on with his family. Now that is what I call a great day on the water.
Friday morning started off just about like Thursday morning did by picking my clients up from the log cabins and headed out south towards Barataria Bay. The only difference was we had a little better of a tide movement and the wind had slowed down to about eight miles per hour out of the southwest. The clarity of the water was better than it was Thursday and I had a feeling we were going to do pretty good. When we arrived where we caught the trout Thursday morning much to my surprise the water didn’t look all that great. I saw a flock of sea gulls working about two blocks from where we were so I picked up and headed over to where the gulls were diving. I really didn’t want to fish the birds because as you well know it is usually small trout and worst then that sometimes sail cats. Well much to my surprise we started catching some beautiful speckled trout. For the first twenty minutes I had a tough time keeping up with the guys because they sure enough knew how to fish. They were bring them over the side of the boat just as fast as I could unhook them. We were parked in such a way that the sun was too our backs and we were downstream to the reef in regards to the tide direction. Could not have position the boat any better to fish that spot on that day. I say all the time that you never want the folks looking into the sun trying see if the cork went down or not. You never want to be trying to throw into the wind because you will not get very far away form the boat. And most of all you never want to position your boat upstream to where you are fishing relative to the tide direction. Positioning your boat on a reef or on a island is very important in regards to if the bite is going to continue wants you start catching. You may pull up on a spot and first thing out the gate catch two or three and then all of a sudden they will turn off. You may think oh well I through we were going to slam them at that spot but not get another bite. It might be because of how you positioned the boat on the fish relative to what the conditions were that day. Always keep in mind when you approach a spot take the time to look at the conditions on that day. You may have fished that spot before and caught fish but the tide was moving a different way or the wind was blowing a different way or may be the sun was coming up on the day you caught and now you find yourself fishing that spot in the evening and you have to position your boat completely different then you did the last time you were there.
Saturday morning was by far the calmest morning we had out of the three days we had on the water. Again I picked a group up from the cabins at six o’clock am and we headed south and when we got to Barataria Bay it was calm enough to cross. We kept going and when we arrived on the south side by the barrier islands the water looked absolutely wonderful. We pulled up to a spot where we been catching limits of speckled trout before the wind started giving up trouble and those guys went to work putting one after the other in the boat. All fish were caught using live shrimp three feet under a popping cork. Great job fellows and I do look forward to our next trip.