Oh what a day this was! Yesterday we went to our camp in Theriot. I talked to several fishermen and a guide and was told that we should get out early in the morning and fish the diving birds in Lake Mechant.
At six am 4-19-17 we were off from the launch and headed south to Lake Mechant. We rode for thirty minutes or so and were crossing the lake headed for the other side when we saw diving birds (Sea Gulls), so we stopped and started fishing. The birds would move following the shrimp and we would follow. We were catching a few small fish, but nothing to fill our freezer.
My wife looked up and saw two boats bearing down on us and commented that they were coming to our fishing spot. I laughed and said that they could come on and catch nothing with us. I looked at the boats and one was coming off plane about fifty yards away and the other made a turn to the left and hit the first boat at full speed and jumped it! I saw people flying in the airâ¦I could see the prop of the airborne boat spinning as it went over the first boat. This was in the middle of a huge lake, no fog!
My wife immediately called 911 and in a very calm voice told them we needed the Sheriff, Wildlife and Fisheries, Coast Guard, Medical help, and gave them our GPS coordinates. All the while I was screaming at her to sit down because I saw someone in the water. We got to the boats and they had fished out a 9 year old girl that had been ejected from the second boat and a 14 year old girl was still in the water. They were unable to get her out. I have a ladder on my Bluewave and was able to get her out of the water. The little girls were banged up a little, but their life vest saved them from drowning. The two men in the first boat were alive, which is a miracle. One had severe cuts to his head and arm and the other seemed to be just shaken up. The second boat was the boat the girls were thrown from and their grandfather was driving. He had some bad cuts on his face, arm, and leg. The Calvary showed up in about 40-45 minutes and administered first-aid.
I didn't mention that the driver of the boat that jumped the other was thrown to the rear of his boat. He didn't have a kill switch connected and his boat was going wide open as straight as an arrow until he was able to get back to the wheel. Normally the torque of the engine would have caused the boat to turn in circles to the right...thank GOD it didn't. No one would have been able to get close.
Be aware of your surroundings, wear your life jacket, and connect that kill switch to your life jacket.
I am told there is an old method of tracking a school of trout by tying a balloon to a fresh caught fish and releasing it. The fish will return to the school and the balloon will be visible for the angler to follow. Does anyone know anything about this or has used it?
I'm probably a little too late asking now, but I had trouble logging in to this site.
Anyway, my wife and I decided to try fishing the marsh and decided to go to Delacroix and launch at Sweetwater. We are inexperienced fishing for Specks and Reds and have never been to Delacroix. I am wondering if Sweetwater has maps of the area, the live or artificial bait needed, and any advise on where to start.
Do any of you have any suggestions?
Thanks, Buddy firstname.lastname@example.org