Had the pleasure once again of fishing w/ Custom Charters, LLC and Captains Tommy & Eric Pellegrin out of Cocodrie yesterday. We got the call that they needed some help reeling in some fish for a video shoot, so we made some calls and were able to make the trip. We were surprised when we arrived to see the Reel Life sporting its new configuration of triple 300hp Suzuki outboards, instead of the old diesels. Boy, has that boat changed for the better! Speed and ride are much improved for the yellow workhorse!
We knew it was going to be a crazy day when we are riding out through Lake Pelto and feel a thump and hear a strange noise from the top of the boat. The world is minus one less seagull today following a mid-air collision between the bird and Capt. Tommys big VHF antenna. The bird lost! Cruising at 38 mph, we made it to the fishing grounds in no time, drifting over one of Custom Charters underwater wrecks they fish on a regular basis. The big old endangered red snapper were waiting for us! It was announced early on that if it was not double digits, it was not going in the box. We all knew quantity was not an issue, so we keyed in on quality. Within 30 minutes, we were done! Even with throwing back legal fish and re-baiting, we never worked up a sweat. The cameraman actually had to tell us to slow down so he could get more footage, it was that crazy.
After finishing off the snapper limit, it was off for amberjack, but we ran into an old mangrove hole on the way out. A quick stop produced 7 big mangroves, then throttles down again for the amberjack. It wasnt long before the bruises started. Parts of my body are bruised from wrestling these hard fighting fish that shouldnt be bruised - lol. These were not just ordinary amberjacks, these were the call your momma, Im hurt fish! After fighting one of these fish, you needed a 20 minute rest period just to catch your breath and get the feeling in your arms back. With the limit of only one per person, we were glad when we had the last one in the box!
Next stop was a rig for more mangroves, but also looking for a scamp or warsaw grouper. We were not disappointed there either, since we fought mangroves on top, while a few lost their tackle to something BIG down deep. Then it happened! That unforgettable grunt from a man holding a fishing pole after a big grouper inhales a live hardtail somewhere in the dark deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. After a few choice words, lots of sweat, and burning muscles of the angler, the monster of the deep hits the deck. The seas were flat, the water was blue, and company was great!
Once again, the hardest working charter captains in the Gulf of Mexico did a fine job capturing some of the best eating the world has to offer right off the coast of Louisiana. If you ever want to reward your staff, or youre looking for a great gift idea for a couple or group, you will not be disappointed by the trip you book w/ Custom Charters in Cocodrie.