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Spot-On Solo Limit of Lady P reds 8 7 18

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Wifey and I have had more than our share of automotive issues(radiator on our 2007 Impala-360,000 miles-original engine and trannie-burns very little oil)and our tow vehicle,1996 Lincoln Town Car becoming stubborn,turns over but does not start,issues with crank position sensor,and we will re-install sensor but got her going,thanks to our older son.Seized upon excellent window of opportunity to chase some bass and possibly reds,scoped our predicted tidal movement and wind speed and direction,and we are headed to Ozarks at end of week so I wanted to scratch the redfish and bass itch.Launched at Cane,chatted with two fellows launching there for their initial time and gave em tips on navigating log-infested Cane!!Started trip at protected cove and bass-fished for about 1.5 hrs with nada to show,ran into familiar fellow there who had one nice bass and he and I made our way back from protected cove to mouth of Lake and he was scooping crabs,I switched over to Bomber spinner bait,used trolling motor to navigate through thick grass to likely spot,spotted nice red and he basically hit Bomber before I could engage baitcaster and I joked about the ole first-cast fish jinx!!!Tried casting to quite a few likely ambush points,made de executive decision to hit Causeway near 4 mile turnaround,water extremely clear,nada there and did nab fine and fat and multi-spotted 26 inch red,intent on dragging me across pilings but 17 lb Vanish put a stop to his foolishness!!!Seized upon the opportunity to once again ply the pristine shorelines and spotted big ole stingray feeding on crabs in grassbed and remembered what guide told me way back when,reds and stingrays almost always in exact same areas and immediately spotted fine red facing away from me,made cast right in front of red and he gobbled up spinner bait and not long after,sight-casted to red#4 and #5.In the process of sight-fishing,spotted decent-sized blacktip shark(not a shark expert but this fine specimen had black on trailing edges of dorsal and caudal fins,so my guess is blacktip).Folks,go and get you some as salinity must be on serious uptick,judging on seeing stingrays and sharks and did see two displays of 'synchronized mullet dances',most likely from shark chasing them or bull reds,possibly jack crevalle,definitely a sign of improved salinities.Red at Causeway inhaled Berkley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse and 4 other sight-casted reds gobbled up Bomber spinner bait with original greenish soft plastic minnow,still intact!!Headed back tomorrow hoping for similar results!!!

Mandevillian

P.S. Wish I knew honest individual who found my baggie(fell outta my pocket at Mande Bay in Mandeville)that contained money clip(sentimental value)and my LA Fishing License.I could have easily reprinted LA License but my deceased dad and I share same initials and money clip was from one of his many pieces of jewelry,AEC initials and woulda bummed me out big-time to lose money clip.Wifey called and Mande Bay employee gave her baggie with money clip and LA License.
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Re: Spot-On Solo Limit of Lady P reds 8 7 18
Good report Mandavillian. Always enjoy your stuff.

Glad you got the money clip back. We all need to remember that even with all of the evil that goes on these days, there are a lot of mighty fine people out there.
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Re: Spot-On Solo Limit of Lady P reds 8 7 18
Yep,Huckleberry,my dear mom woulda been more than devastated had my wife not been able to track down the money clip.My dad was quite the character(guess de apple don't fall too far from de tree)and he loved wearing tons of very fine jewelry and this clip was fashioned by a local jewelry shop,think Aucoin Hart.Think I had a twenty spot on clip plus single dollar bill and I woulda given the folks the money in return for the clip,think Wifey gave Mande Bay employee $5!!Just got text from an Abita KC buddy,he wants to join me tomorrow!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Spot-On Solo Limit of Lady P reds 8 7 18
One other item I somehow forgot to mention!!Clearly could ID fine big ole sheepshead nibbling on one of the pilings at the 4 mile turnaround and it spooked quite readily when I tried tossing Gulp and almost hit it on the head.The reds wanted the Bomber planted right in front of them and the water out there is about as pristine as I have ever seen.I spotted at least 20 huge crabs scurrying along on the bottom and with my Ray Bans,I could see the small depressions they made as they squatted down on the sandy bottom.There are tons of clam shells near the grassbeds that were holding reds and if we get steady up-tick in salinity,who knows,specks and teal season might coincide!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Spot-On Solo Limit of Lady P reds 8 7 18
Thanks for the report, Mandavillion. You can find salinity values at saveourlake dot org
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Thanks for the head's up about checking the lake salinity-my guess is that I found a nice pocket of marginally decent salinity,perhaps enough to support a black tip shark and handful of stingrays.My guess is that these critters do not inhabit purely fresh water and I intend to do my own 'field observations' as soon as I get back from our annual Ozarks vacation.

Mandevillian
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