Offshore Fishing in Louisiana
One fish can sure change your polarity
Sat. 5-31-08. Launched out of Coco Marina at 6 am and headed southeast. I was looked for the color/temp change in Miss Canyon that I had seen on sat. images. Approx 17 miles S of 486 was the color change, but no grass. no bait. Went on to Morpeth, Prince, Genesis and Brutus with nothing to show but two cuda's. Trolling, livies, chum...nothing happening. No surface activity, minimal sounder readings. The original plan was to fish in to the night to try some topwater tuna action, but decided to start fishing in and try to put some meat in the boat (A.J., grouper, etc). Found a buoy sitting in 600ft. It was loaded with chicken dolphin. The crew began to put a few in the boat, when out of nowhere this huge bull shows up. He's trying to eat my podnah's chicken. I throw some chum in the water and he's all over it. "Guys, that fish is a star contender", I said. My other friend throws out a swim shad and hooks the beast, the line pops immediately (frayed?). Now, I'm totally bummed that he's gone forever when, "There he is!", one of 'em shouts. More chum in the water and he's all over it and he eats the one with the hook in it and it's on! 20 min later, he's at the boat. It's too heavy for one gaff, so the second goes in and he's in the boat. I realize that I've just caught the largest dolphin I have ever seen. High fives and hoops for a while. We head in as it is now after 6:30. Didn't weigh the beast until the next morning....69 pounds! Should do well in the STAR and should be #2 in state records. Did not have many fish in the box, but had the right one.