Capt. Ross Montet had quite a day on Tuesday.
Dodging rain all day out of Happy Jack Marina in Port Sulphur, Montet had his crew working in Bay Sans Bois off of Grand Bayou trying to put together a decent box of fish in less-than-ideal conditions.
“I’m fishing the shoreline going along, picking up two or three fish — it was just one of those days we were trying to make anything happen,” Montet said. “We picked up a few sheepshead, a redfish … ”
Then porpoises showed up and crashed the party — but not before angler Walker Saik hooked another fish.
“I turn around and look and one of my guys was bowed up on a fish, and he’s reeling it in and reeling it in and it’s fighting like hell, so I get the net ready,” Montet said. “And he had a pompano inside the marsh. I’ve never caught them inside.
“I’ve caught them by the close-in rigs, but I’ve never caught them inside — ever.”
Montet said the delectable deepwater fish smacked a live shrimp under a popping cork up against the grass in only about 18 inches of water.
“It should have been a redfish, but it was a pompano,” Montet joked.
Montet said a guide also caught another pompano in the same general area on Monday.
“A pompano in the marsh on live shrimp under a popping cork?” Montet asked. “I was like, ‘What the hell?’”