After starting hot and then experiencing a big lull in the middle of our fishing trip, Capt. Justin Bowles and I found fast action on speckled trout, giving us more than enough to weigh in our one-boat fishing competition.
The bite slowed down a bit, however, when something very unexpected happened during the feeding frenzy.
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Gear for the day included Shimano Crucial, Castaway Skeleton and Waterloo rods, Lew's, Abu Garcia and Shimano reels, Rapala X-Rap jerkbaits, 3/8-ounce Bullseye jigheads and holy joely- (clear with blue, green and silver flakes) and magneto-colored (clear with silver glitter) Matrix Shad paddle-tail soft-plastics. We fished the hard-plastic jerkbaits on medium-light- and light-powered rods.
We worked a falling tide in the morning and a rising tide in the afternoon. Air temperatures climbed into the low 60s, but the warmest water we could find was 52.5 degrees. Winds were easterly at about 12 knots.
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Capt. Justin Bowles runs fishing charters for speckled trout and redfish in eastern Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and surrounding marshes. He can be reached at 985-969-2036.