Inshore Fishing in Southeast Louisiana
22' speck caught on live pogey on suspension rig
this big ray stood no chance!
laura with her first red of the day
Midday suspension & topwater trout
Waited for today for the weather to get right before heading to cocodrie and it was worth the wait! Started out a lil later than I was hoping for. Got to my favorite rig, but just as I started fishing topwater some jack donkey came run his motor a few feet from the pilings I was fishing so I left before my 4th cast. Stopped quickly on the wine island pass side of last island, but only caught sailcats on topwater. It was still fun. Then headed to some offshore rigs for trout. Only had a few trout bites and ended up battling sharks instead. A few near storms were chopping it up so i didnít get to fish long.
I ran back to last island on the whiskey pass side around ten. First cast was my biggest trout of the day, a 22Ē on a live pogey. Only problem was that was the only pogey I had. I then decided to have fun battling sharks and rays on the bigger poles while Laura was catching nice trout and reds on fingermullets and channel mullet on shrimp on suspension rigs with heavy 3oz weights to keep baits stationary in breaking waves. After a shark broke her off I tried Carolina rigs. She only caught one speck that way and got stuck and lost 3 hooks within ten mintues with the thick shells at that spot. Went back to the suspension rigs and fished all day without getting stuck once. Fishing with a cork wasnít working either since you couldnít keep the bait perfectly in the deep trough near shore.
On the big poles, I had one monster shark come exploding out the water then bite through my 125lb wire leader and I had one monster ray snap on of my huge big game poles in half. My biggest black tip was 52Ē fork length which I went beach to measure but once again no keepers in the shark category. I am really impressed with my medium heavy lightning rod which my ambassador 6000 is on and I pulled up a big ray with no problems on my 80lb braid.
At noon the wind went dead calm and I broke out the bone shedog. Smashed a few nice specks that way. Watching them trout fly out the flat water on my bait was too cool. Then a sand tiger decided to bust on my bait. Battled the 5 footer to the boat before he finally bite my mono leader stealing my bait. Wanted to go back offshore with the flat seas but we now had redfish so i scratched that plan and went for some action.
Hit north pelto to have fun with some school trout on my midday favorite for slighty muddy water, bone colored topwater under the birds. The trout were everywhere with small keepers mixed in with the throwbacks. On plastic under a cork every cast was a ten inch throw back. The top water was honing in the bigger ones like usual. Landed a few more big sailcats on the topwater. Those big 7lbers were exploding on the bait. Looked like they had a few storms building and we were tired of catching so headed in with a about one limit of midday specks with a bunch 18 plus inches.
Also wanted to add, got a new icechest since my old 150 broke into the windshield from in my last post. I researched and got the igloo maxcold 165 quart which is the biggest my boat can hold. Its was at academy. Its the same size as the 150's but is a tad taller and has the smaller hole in the center of the lid for putting in trout along with a ruler and says holds ice for 7 days. Even comes with a wheel which i didn't install yet. It aint no yetti, but for 150 bucks i'm satisfied with my new purchase so far.