Heading off. Weather pushing us toward Blackjack area so we will go with it. Stay tuned.
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Heading off. Weather pushing us toward Blackjack area so we will go with it. Stay tuned.
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Short report for today. It's late and I have another early morning tomorrow. Went to the fish I found yesterday this morning under cloudy conditions. Couldn't find them. Ran all over the earth looking for more fish and just never really found anything too impressive. Pretty disappointed with what I found this morning. Went back this afternoon whent the sun came out and magically all the fish appeared again. Sun is critical. Unfortunately it is supposed to storm during the tournament so that means no sun. Feeling a bit unconfident at this point. I have one more place to look tomorrow before I have to settle on a game plan. Right now the game plan isn't looking so strong. The A team consisting of my wife, two daughters and babysitter arrived in town today to inject some energy into the mission. Stephanie and Blakely will ride with me tomorrow so I'm hoping they are the good luck charm.
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~~Couldn't hold her up alone! ?#saltlife? ?#snowy? ?#grouper? ?#shimano? ?#contender? ?#CoastalLiving?-Crystal Babson
Crystal Babson was fishing about 80 miles off shore in 600 ft of water when she hooked up this Snowy.
175 miles of shoreline burned today makes for some sore eyes. After a late night last night getting into Houma, I woke up this morning to bluebird skies and a stiff northwest wind. I started off heading to the west in the Bayou Dularge area where I've had really good fishing in the past. The water was dingy but not terrible. The water was high again which made seeing fish difficult as the get way up in the grass on high water normally. Until lunchtime I scouted pond after pond and endless shorelines. I did find some fish but they were scattered and nothing that made me very excited. I was beginning to worry that what I was seeing just might be what I need to expect. Catching 5 fish over 100 miles away from the scales on a short day was looking like a tough job.
As planned, around noon I moved areas and headed east toward Cocodrie and Lake Boudreaux. I had never been the lake before but had heard it can be good. I got in there about 3:30pm and immediately saw the water had cleared up a good bit. I also noticed some water grass but not too much. I was liking what I was seeing. Now, just need some fish. Right on cue, there they are. I found good numbers of fish in multiple areas within Lake Boudreaux. Time was short so I wasn't able to stop and try to catch any as I needed to use my time locating and making notes of where the most fish were. For tomorrow I plan to explore the lake some more and also see if the fish I found today will eat and what size they are. It's not the best I've ever seen but it's the best I've seen so far this week and has the potential to be the "A" spot.
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This morning in Venice, LA I woke up to subsiding storms and fog. I stalled for a couple hours and then took to the water around 8:30. The goal today was to either rule in or rule out the Venice area for a possible tournament spot. It would be a long run to Venice from the tournament site so if I was to make that run I would need to be on both quality and quantity fish. It didn't take long for me to realize Venice was not going to be the spot. This time of year all the snow melting from up north makes the level of the Mississippi River rise and Venice is right at the end of the Mississippi. The result is extremely high and dirty water. I thought this might be the case but still needed to see for myself. Truthfully the SW west that was pounding the area had as much to do with the ugly water as anything. I ran more than 100 miles looking for fish and only ever saw a couple small pockets of clear water. When I did see clear water I would see redfish. I stopped for a couple minutes to catch this 32" redfish pictured below. While I was doing that I noticed a massive black colored fish in 12" of water. I threw my gulp shrimp in front of the fish and he ate. A short battle ensued before this 40+ catfish was at boatside! That's a new one. Anyone know what kind of catfish this is? Edible? I finished up the day around 6:30pm and put the boat on the trailer and hit the road. At 10:30 I arrived in Houma, LA. I felt a total change in zip codes was necessary. This area is also a long way from the tournament site but it's within reach. It will take me the next two days to cover this area. The goal again will be to find clean water. Find clean water and I find the fish. Keep hammering away.
We did manage to get on the water this past Saturday for our first backwater school of the year. I had two very eager and dedicated anglers. The morning was filled with heavy steady rain showers. To our surprise we did get two solid trout to bite on brightly colored Mirr-o-lures. That was it for the morning as croakers and bluefish took over the action all the other areas we hit. Later in the afternoon the winds switch and the rain stopped. We hit several places for redfish and finally got a few bites on fresh crab chunks. We did not connect with all of them, but it was great to find some action. Kyle did managed to stay connected with a solid 26 inch fish and we were all smiles! Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!
Benjiman Speir landed two solid 16 inch flounder last week throwing white colored soft plastics on a light jighead. The water temperature was 71 degrees and conditions were looking great for the flounder action to break loose. The rain showers have cooled the water back down back into the mid 60's which has also cooled the bite. I am still seeing some reports of good flounder action in both Murrells Inlet and Cherry Grove's Hogg's Inlet is also seeing some flounder action. A little dry spell with plenty of sunshine will surely help get the fishing back on track. See ya on the water!
~~Carlton Pittman 's first Wahoo. A 42 pounder! Congrats! Awesome day yesterday at the break. Went through 2 1/2 bags of ballyhoo; lots of short strikes and cut-offs. Finshed out with 2 Hoos, 1 Blackfin, and 1 Mahi. I can't say enough for the way the new to us "Critter II" rides or fishes!
Report by Christopher Critz
Trask Cunningham, Briggs Badurske and Zach Ryba fished Saturday aboard Trask's 27 ft. Contender the "Scale Bound". The guys fisher the Blackjack-100/400 area in 74 degree 400 ft. deep water. Trask said black and purple were the hot colors. They boated several wahoo and a mahi.
Thanks for the information Trask.
Camdyn Beck and her dad Capt. Jeff B took a short road trip with Dustin Melvin this morning to go flounder fishing. I would have thought the water would be too dirty with too much fresh water runn off to be able to do much. Camdyn proved me wrong by catching our 1st flounder of the year. She said she was using a Capt. Rickey's Carolina Rig tipped with a fat OIFC mud minnow.
The weather ended up being nice yesterday with light winds and believe it or not, barely a drop of rain. The fish were biting good til around 11 as we boated a couple Mahi, couple Blackfin and a nice Hoo. We started by high speed trolling lures at 10kts and the Blackfin (along with False Albacore) were all about the Mahi colored Cedar plugs on the riggers. We did not get a wahoo bite but believe it or not we caught an Amberjack on a high speed lure!! That was a surprise. After we covered that technique we switched to ballyhoo fishing and immediately hooked and boated a 55 pound wahoo. The Wahoo chose a black/purple Bluewater Candy JAG 3 head with ballyhoo. However the bite slowed after that and was slow until 3pm when we got a couple more chances at wahoo which bit on Blue/white Ilander Sea Star and a Blue/White 1/2oz sea witch but didn't connect. We fished the Winyah Scarp area. I believe the class saw and learned good skills that will help them on their boats as they work to become more effective stream fishermen. I marked lots of bait during the day. The water temp was 75 and I did see a few Flying Fish. It looks to me like the Mahi are about to start showing good.
~~Scott Leonard and I decided not to go offshore this morning because of the forecast but the OIFC team went out and look at this Hoo they came back with! 55lbs. We had to be there when your boat came in Capt Brant McMullan so we could kick ourselves for not going!!! Glad you guys had a good day!
Back at it again. I left out this morning and flew down to New Orleans from Wilmington to begin the next volume of my redfish adventures. This week is the first official event of the 2015 season for the HT Elite Redfish Series. The last tournament was an open but this is the first of three of main events. It's being hosted by the Boomtown Casino in Harvey just outside of New Orleans. The actual tournament doesn't start until Thursday so for the next several days I'll be scouting.
I will be fishing on the west side of the Mississippi River this week. Once I got to New Orleans today I picked up the boat and headed south to Venice, LA. Venice is at the very tip of LA and is where we come to fish offshore a lot. I wanted to scout down here for a day or so and then I'll likely go west towards Houma. They've had a ton of rain down here over the last week so it's likely going to be pretty tough. The water will be dirty and high. Those fish are somewhere and I aim to find them.
I'm going to try and do a Facebook video update on the OIFC facebook page daily if I can get good enough service. Other than that I'll do my best to keep posting update here. In the meantime be sure to check out www.theredfishseries.com and see what this HT Elite Series is all about. Also, follow Ht Elite Series on Facebook for daily updates, angler interviews and all sorts of other cool info on the tour.
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