Finally the wind has laid down enough for the water to clean up in Barataria Bay. We caught some beautiful speckled trout today on the south side of the bay this morning on top of the oyster reefs inside of the barrier islands. Now that’s the report I am normally giving during this time of the year. However so far this year all I have been talking about is how the speckled trout are still on the inside in the duck ponds and pipe line canals. Well I think the transition has taken place because the big trout are showing up near the barrier islands. Of course all the fish today were caught on live shrimp three feet under a popping cork. The wind seem to have laid down this morning about nine o’clock and it didn’t take lone for the clean water from the gulf of mexico to find its way in to the inside of the barrier islands. What a relief to finally see some clean water as we have been fishing is not so clean water. We have been catching some nice trout but it just is not the same as catching trout in five foot of clean water. You know what I’m talking about, when you can see the fish three feet under the water twenty five feet from the boat as you are pulling them in.
Yesterday I had a three generation family on the boat. A guy name Frank, his fourteen year old son and his eighty year old dad. What a inspiration he was to see him pulling in those big speckled trout like it was nothing. I can only hope I will be able to go fishing when I am that age. After talking to him while fishing I can attest his good health to a clean life style. But he did tell me that he likes to drink a good glass of wine before his dinner every night. He told me that he likes to eat fresh fish every chance he gets. He also told me that it doesn’t matter if it is fried or backed in the oven. I would think that backed is much better for you, but he said it really doesn’t matter as long as you are getting the fish oils that the fresh fish provide. I’ll have to take his word for it because he done a great job on the water yesterday pulling in most of the speckled trout that we caught. When we got back to the cabins it was a normal post clean up after a fishing trip. The guys were dropped off at the cabins and I came over to my marina to clean the fish and my boat. After cleaning the fish I bagged them up and iced them down in there ice chest. That night they fired up the fry daddy and invited me over for dinner. I really enjoyed having dinner with Frank and his family as it provided the opportunity for me to get to know them a little better. It is always a good time when I am invited over to the cabins to have dinner with my customers. It is not only a good opportunity to get to know them better but it gives up a chance to talk about the day about all the things that happen on the fishing trip. If you think about what I am saying, it is exactly what I mean when I talk about building memories while at the camp. Not only will the fourteen year old son remember the experience, but Frank and his day will remember the day as well. I know one thing for sure and that is the fourteen year old boy will remember that day for the rest of his life. We made it over to the Sand Dollar Marina for one of there famous shrimp PO-Boys. Boy they taste so good when you are on the water fishing and get really hungry.
This morning I had the pleasure of fishing with a group from Lafayette Louisiana. The fellow that booked the trip is named Allan, he is a commercial pilot and needed some time off from his busy schedule. Boy did we hit it right this morning. I picked them up from the cabins this morning and headed south across Barataria Bay with a stiff wind out of he southwest at about twenty miles per hour. The water was dirty and it didn’t look good for a day of speckled trout fishing. We made it across the bay and much to our surprise the water didn’t look too bad when we got to the area we were going to fish. We started catching some really nice trout and as the morning unfolded the wind got calmer and calmer. By the time it was seven thirty the wind had just about laid down all together. The guys continued to put seventeen to twenty inch speckled trout in the boat one after the other. What a fantastic day on the water with this group of guys. We ended up with sixty five trout and three red fish. For a morning that didn’t look like we were going to catch anything turned out to be one of our best fishing trips this week. That is why I always say if you don’t go, you don’t know. Who would have through we would have had a day like today with the conditions we had when we left the cabins this morning. Great job fellows and I am sure they will not forget this fishing trip for as long as they live. You always here me talk about building memories while on a fishing trip. Well these guys had a great time and will be able to go home and fry fish for there families and friends for the next three nights. So the memories will keep going from the fishing trip to the fish fries at the house.