Jared Pennison had the opportunity to target speckled trout Sunday on a boat trip with a group of buddies along the jetties at Grand Isle, but surf fishing had been weighing heavily on his mind.
“We were talking about it Saturday night, and I was telling everybody how I was craving to go back surf fishing,” said Pennison, 25, who lives on the island and is the son-in-law of Buggie Vegas, who operates Bridge Side Marina.† “I do it a good bit, but I hadn’t done it yet this year.
“The trout had turned on, and I had caught a whole bunch in the last few weeks on live shrimp under a popping cork. I told my buddy, ‘I got enough fillets in the freezer. I don’t want to catch any more little ones — I want to go catch some hogs.’”
So he opted to test out the surf Sunday morning on the day of May’s full moon — and ended up making the right call.
He and his buddy Bradley Matte, of Morgan City, caught an impressive stringer of 41 solid 3- to 5-pound specks working clean water up and down the Gulf side of Elmer’s Island. The biggest speck weighed 5.2 pounds on his handheld scale, and five redfish plus a 38-inch lemon fish rounded out the day’s catch.†Read More...