We had a great opening to the red snapper season as predicted. The best part was that we had folks from Florida who after catching great trout all day Sunday went offshore on Monday. Once they were finished they decided that there was no place else to fish other than Louisiana.
Offshore the red snapper came fairly easy with several fish 20 to 25 pounds for everyone willing to work for them. The box also included Snowy Grouper, Barrel Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Porgies, Yellowfin tuna as well as Blackfin tuna. Needless to say the James family is sold on fishing Louisiana.
The seas were great with some river water still covering the West Delta area but there were plenty of fish under that water with many catching good Cobia under the mirk. There is a week weed line about 40 to 45 miles out that is holding some Dolphin, we just did not have time to mess with it.
Will have to wait for the customers to forward the fish porn pictures because I was by myself yesterday and did not have time to mess with the camera.
We still have a few weekdays open should anyone want to jump on and stock the freezer.
Well we have one of those beautiful weekends that we all look forward to. We had all of the inshore boats booked with one of our wonderful Charter Schools for a student retreat, only for them to cancel at the last minute. It will be a shame to not be on the water this weekend and we have it open and would love to fill the boats. 225-937-6288
Just left the Gulf Council meeting and boy do I need some duct tape and tin foil.
As a result of the lawsuit filed by Gary Jarvis and a group of others, NMFS has entered into an agreement with the plaintiffs for a 'stay' in the proceedings and in exchange they are taking several actions at the Council level.
The first action is a severe reduction in the Recreational Red Snapper Season. The 'preferred alternative' that will come up for a vote tomorrow is that the red snapper season for 2014 will change to 11 days. This is a projection as the way that the math worked out this 11 days does not figure in dead discards and assumes that the states will not open their own seasons. Because of the lawsuit language there is concern that if between the 11 day federal season and the State Water seasons, should NMFS bad science say that we went over the limit again, there would be dire consequences. Because of this, there was a growing sentiment in the room to completely close Red Snapper season for 2014, get it ironed out and work toward something better for 2015.
The most disturbing part as I see it is that NMFS admits that their data sucks and DATA is their problem. Today they acknowledged that with the shorter seasons the data will only get worse! It is like trying to take a national poll but only asking 5 people what they think. They will only have a few days (if any) to conduct their surveys so there will be fewer of them and the data will be more suspect.
What does getting it 'ironed out' mean? The lawsuit demands that the recreational sector develop accountability measures. The options for accountability include creating buffers in the allowable catch and payback measures.
The agreement that they signed onto for the 'stay' says that all of this must be in place by April 2015. People the decisions that will be made in the next several months is going to change fishing in the Gulf for decades to come.
The meeting continues tomorrow in Baton Rouge.
Hey guys been a while since we have posted, we have been very busy having a great year. The fish have been hot one day and cold the next but man it has been a wonderful year.
This is not a fishing report, this is a request for YOUR help. Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks accounting software is having a contest where they are giving away a commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl to a small business. We have made it to the quarterfinals and we are now competing for one of 20 spots with businesses from across the country. Public vote will be the majority factor in this round. WE NEED YOUR VOTE.
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The change has taken place on the island as the trout have made their move. While the wind has for the most part kept the boats off of the beach, the fishing has been good with good boxes coming in.
The fish that we have been on do not yet seem to be on turned onto the croackers but they have sure been happy with the live shrimp. While I love my Gulps the fish have for the most part wanted live over plastic. There are a ton of smaller fish under the birds that seem to be everywhere. We are hitting the oyster reefs right behind the island, waiting for the beach to get right and retreating to the Marsh when we have to. Both have been producing a mixed bag of fish.
No Limits yet but it will be any day.
We have had to move some trips around this week due to customer schedules and this has left boats available for the weekend with a GREAT forecast. Figures doesn't it, been doing what we can the last few weeks with the wind, now we have a calm weekend coming and circumstances leave us available.
Time to consider getting back to the Island, it is starting to happen.
Reel Screamers Guide Service
Can you believe that it is almost the second week of April and we are still talking about the lump. Well this past Saturday was a little crowded on the lump. My customers were getting antsy as was I so as the crowd dwindled, we decided to make a a little move and boy was that the wrong call. Shortly after leaving I get a call from the infamous Lance Walker who stayed, telling me to get my &** back, too late by the time I was there, we caught the tail end of the action with one tuna to show for it. Lance had a good box full of fish that he worked hard for.
Sunday was a different story with light crowds, delightfully calm seas and fewer boats on the water. Picked up 3 tuna real quick but the bite died. We decided to head south where we found some slightly larger fish biting but the sharks were so thick, it was difficult stay. Our out-of-state crew decided that they wanted to try to catch as many species as they could so we traveled around looking and picking up a fish here and there but could not get away from the sharks. We then ran across an open water patch of grass and it was on. Grown men looking like 12 year old kids as they yanked dolphin after dolphin over the side of the boat. Most were what we would call large chicks but there was a gaffer or two mixed in. It was not until the clouds started to build and the wind started to blow that I was able to convince them to leave. We made it to the marina just before it closed and put icing on the cake with good company and good drink.
Put a small crack in the t-top Saturday that grew Sunday so the big boat is out of action until the welder can get there Thursday to get it repaired. After that there are plenty of days open and it looks like it is going to be a good summer. Remember the dolphin year we had in 2009, this could be just like that.
Reel Screamers Guide Service
Grand Isle, LA.
Not being able to get offshore has been rough but by the grace of God the trout have now shown up around Grand Isle. We had a good trip this week and expect more tomorrow. With the water being high, we found the trout where you would expect to find redfish, in the duck ponds.
Looking forward to this action doing nothing but getting better. Top water is just around the corner.
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Grand Isle, LA.
We have been literally putting a hurt on the extinct red snapper since the opening of the season. The snapper are everywhere, if you are fishing offshore and not scoring on limits of snapper in the 10 to 20 pound range, you are in the wrong spot.The mangroves have been just as crazy. Pictured here is one of the trip from this weekend where we had about 35 mangroves a limit of red snapper and one of two lemon fish that we hooked. I will post more as I get time.
Saints Alumni Fishing Rodeo Benefiting Children's Hospital New Orleans.
Come Join us Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th at Bridgeside Marina on Grand Isle. Some of your favorite Saints players from yesteryear have joined together for a fun filled couple of days on Grand Isle.
We will start off Friday with a Captain's Party and get together. Food will be provided by the Louisiana Seafood and Promotion Board, you know that it will be good Louisiana Seafood. There will be auction items, door prizes and the former Saints players on hand to sign autographs and just have a general good time.
We are expecting players such as Stan Brock, John Tice, Steve Baumgartner, Tom Dempsey, Chuck Commiskey, Elo Grooms and more.
Saturday is a one day fishing event. You can either purchase a 'Player Boat' where you will be teamed with a Captain and a player and allowed to place threee people on the boat for a day of fishing or you can enter the open division for $25.00 a person.
First, Second and Third Prizes for Trout, Red Fish, Flounder and Bull Red. The winning trout will be eligible for a $50K mystery weight prize and if anyone fishing the event was to break the Louisiana State record trout, it will pay out $50K. There will be a kids division for the Red Fish with the most Spots. The winner of that division will receive a college savings account with an initial investment of $5000.00 dollars.
Contact myself or Bridgeside Marina to purchase the 'Player Boats', tickets for the open division will be available at Bridgeside Marina in the coming days.
Supporting a good cause, getting kids fishing and having a lot of fun in the process.
Fished a couple of hours yesterday to get some fresh film with Don. With the 20 knot plus wind still blowing out of the north, the only place we could get to was the beach. THe rollers were still a little stiff to try to hit the beach itself. We had a little bit if a slow start but finally found a group of rocks that were holding a few fish. The water was green and trying its best to clear up.
Did not matter yesterday weather it was shrimp or croackers, they were hitting both.
What a difference a day makes, calm today. If we can keep it from getting too dirty this week, it is going to be another good week of catching on the good ole Grand Isle.
We ventured offshore today and stayed close. You name it, it will be on the plate tonight. Mangrove Snapper, Beeliner Snapper, Amberjack, and best of all the LEMONFISH ARE HERE. Fish were caught shallow near the beach and the canyon was great today.
The boats that went long were still out so I do not yet have a tuna report for you but the water was beautiful with 60+ feet of visibility in the canyon so it should be worth the trip.
Actually caught enough that the customers gave up some lemonfish, going put it on the grill now.
Come get you some.
All it took was for the winds to lay down for a little bit. Good trout, bog trout were caught all morning this morning with most limiting out by mid morning. Typical summer time trout in the 2 to 3 pound range and it did not matter today, shrimp or croackers and Bridgeside had them all. The fish are on or near the beach. Waders on the beach had a good day and the boats were all back early fishing the bays.
IT'S ON !!!!!!
After a busy week of offshore fishing, we settled into an inshore pattern this past week. For the most part it was productive fishing and things are really shaping up.
Friday was our last trip this week as we had the weekend off and the way that the wind has decided to blow, I am happy for the chance to spend time with the family.
Friday was strange, I had a boat full of people who could really fish and wanted nothing but plastic. We started off before daylight and was in the marsh for twilight. With dead calm conditions we were dreading knats and headed to my first stop. As we passed one reef, we noticed that trout were blowing out of the water chasing shrimp. A quick stop and about a dozen or so trout hit the box, some off of top water. It was not every cast but any time a handful of shrimp would come through, it was a flurry.
As this stop slowed we moved to stop number two and I wish I would have just passed the intial stop. Same scenario here, the trout were blowing up on shrimp and it was on. Trout were laying 5 and 10 at a time on the floor of the boat.
Out of nowhere what looked like a front line came through with wind and clouds and even a little rain just for the fun of it and it shut the fish down like a switch. We kept thinking that they would turn back on but they never did. We spent a lot of time waiting on something that just was not going to happen.
We ran deep into the marsh to get away from a wind that just kept getting worse and worked canals with spinner baits to catch a bunch of reds. There were a lot of undersized reds but was managed to put 5 in the box.
The crew had brought steaks so it was fresh redfish and steaks for dinner and boy did it go down like a champ.
All of the female trout that we cleaned had well developed egg sacks so things are on track to really crank off here in the next couple of weeks. The crowds are still really light around Grand Isle and we have several open days. It is time to get back to what we do best, enjoy the absoloute best resource in the country.
A quick update from the Island. We fished offshore this weekend and had some of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Let's get the ugly out of the way, we were a little late getting to the tuna spot and missed the tail end of the bite but there were fish everywhere. You make you calls and you live by them. The second ugly was that the fallout apparently continues. You had a beautiful weekend on the heels of GREAT fishing reports and there just was not very many people enjoying the water.
Offshore - we decided to cut our run a little short and work our way out to the floaters by stopping to check out the wahoo. I guess that I'm am just a little too glutinous because we found the wahoo but in doing so we were a little late getting to the floaters and missed the morning tuna bite. The wahoo were all big fish, with all of them going over 50 pounds and the largest topping 70 or so. After making our first wahoo stop and putting blood on the ice, we joined the floater crowd and we were greeted with tuna flying through the air like old times. The only problem was that we got there just as they were finished feeding. The folks who had been there early all reported good catches of fish early on but it died off quick.
After a few hours of trying to pick our way through the fish that were there, our crew decided to take it back to the canyon where we continued on the wahoo. It was typical wahooo fishing, pound away at it and just when it looks like everyone on the boat is about to go to sleep, all hell breaks loose with rods going off all around the boat. The AJ were huge, as is expected this time of the year.
We ended the day with enough fish that the crew had to go in search of more ice chest to fit all of the filets, then they were off to bed.
The reports from the guys who stayed in close was that the mangroves are already active but you have to be prepared to fight through the red snapper as they are seriously competeing with the mangroves on the surface. If you are willing to catch and release all day, there are plenty of Lane Snapper mixed in with the red snapper as well.
Inshore - my inshore trips were serious fishermen who were worried about what this front would do to the trout so they re-scheduled. It looks like the cool temps did very little to the trout around Grand Isle. The boats that I checked with all reported catches of 60+ trout even though the front had cooled things down a little bit.
Our fishery is alive, come get you some.
Be safe and be legal, enforcement was all over the Gulf this weekend.
Guys please be on the lookout for my 2004 Blazer Bay Coastal 24 foot. It is all white with a 2004 200HP HPDI on the rear.
The boat was stolen recently from my house in Grand Isle while I was out of town. The boat was launched and they left me an empty trailer. The LA numbers are LA-1717-FJ. I hope that it is still running around in the marsh somewhere. You can contact me or any law enforcement officer
We started this past week once the wind died and made a quick offshore trip with Don Debuc and friends. The Mangrove snapper were right where we had left them but they were a little wary with the clear water. We boxed several nice mangroves and found that there are a lot of Gulp baits that eh mangroves really like. Gulp Crabs, Gulp Squid and Gulp shrimp all produced mangrove snapper.
Wednesday we were inshore and decided to take the sure thing first. I was trying out the Gulp Mud minnow that I really liked and sure enough it was the bait of the day for the reds. The reds were schooling hard and we had the boat full by mid morning. We had spend all of our time offshore lately so off we went to see of the trout had started to gang up. Dropped the anchor over one of the interior oyster reefs and the trout were there. The action was slow but steady with somewhere around 50 trout hitting the floor of the boat. The hot bait here was a white jerk shad with a green tail. We were watching the read crash the bank while we trout fished so as things slowed, we pulled the anchor and hit the banks to jerk 3 more reds from the mud flats and we were done for the day.
If you can put up with the knats, this is one of the best times there is to fish. When the wind let's it the water clears up like crazy, you are site fishing beautiful reds and usually topping the box off with suckulant trout filets.
Just made it into Pensacola after a long day of meetings in New Orleans with our elected officials and Ken Fienberg.
I wish I could give you more information, there has just not been time for a full debriefing but I am told in the bluntest of terms that IF YOU WANT TO FISH AMBERJACK DURING THE SUMMER OF 2011, you had better either get to Pensacola by noon tomorrow or start sending emails NOW.
Fair or not this meeting is on the east side of the coast so it is local for these guys so there is a lot of representation. Your choices are to have amberjack closed March/April/May or May/June or June/July. Which one do you want? The east side of the Gulf wants a mid summer closure.
You can send your comments to email@example.com and ask that the comments be shared with all voting members. If you have time, go to the Gulf Council web site and find the individual members email addresses and send the emails directly to them. Tomorrow is prime time, by the end of the week it will be too late.
I've seen several questons about when our offshore waters will open. The information that I have is a couple of weeks old but I will tell you what I know.
My boat and a couple of others were hired to do fish sampling with NOAA contractors with an eye toward opening areas. NOAA requires that an area be OIL FREE for a period of at least 7 days before it will be sampled for re-opening. On all of our trips, the observers documented oil. Some was subsea and was on the tackle as it was pulled up, some was on the surface. NOAA pulled out early telling us that the areas would be re-evaluated at a later date.
I understand that there may ba an announcement coming Monday about the possible opening of some of the waters, we will see.
GULF COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK ......... We need participation in the GULF COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK, even if it is by email.
SNAPPER SEASON - please provide your comments on the possibility of opening a fall snapper season. Pro's you may be able to fish, if our waters are open. Con's Our waters could still be closed. It could let us go over the TAC that will be bad for next year. Rough weather. You make up your mind and please comment.
AMBERJACK - Pre oil spill numbers require that there will be a closed AJ season this coming year. The folks from the east side of the Gulf want a mid summer closure of June/July or July August. We all know that our fishrey is dependant on the summer time window that we have. We would rather see a closure of March/April/May. If we move to the spring, it most likely will be a 3 month closure instead of 2 because there is less catch effort during those months. If you want AJ's this summer you had better comment, this is one that comments can sway greatly.
There are some grouper issues but I want to make sure I have my information correct before I post on that issue.
Please comment in favor of splitting the Gulf into zones.
Comments can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org MAKE SURE IN YOUR COMMENTS THAT YOU ASK THAT THESE COMMENTS BE PROVIDED TO ALL VOTING MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.
Or if you have time the individual council members email addresses are .............email@example.com ,
Took a break from everything else yesterday to fish with Don Debuc, his cameraman Gary and two special guest who left Tennessee just in time to ge away from the flooding.
We only had a 4 hour window due to time constraints but we found that the fish were ready to cooperate.
The mangrove snapepr were right where they were suppose to be. We had some trouble getting them to the topo but they were hungry enough that we were actually able to stay away from the endenagered Red Snapper most of the day.
Add some shallow water groupers to the pot as well as lemon fish and we had a good day.
The situation will remain fluid as long as the well is still leaking but until and only if the oil comes our way, we will be fishing. Like everyone else, the national media attention has caused a rash of cancellations and certainly has slowed the phones down, so there are plenty of days open and baby Shelby needs some new shoes.
Reel Screamers Guide service
Grand Isle, LA
UPDATE FROM THE LOUISIANA CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATION
The Louisiana Charter Boat Association has been working on the crisis that we are faced with following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For those charter captains that are not currently members of the association we encourage you to join. If you ever needed a unified voice now is the time.
The Charter Boat Association is actively trying to negotiate spots at marinas on the west side of the river for any of its members that need to temporarily move to continue your business. As of this evening I have received limited offers of free and/or reduced lodging for any displaced, member captain that needs to relocate temporarily to the Grand Isle area. I challenge more to step up.
As of Monday it is anticipated that the Louisiana Charter Boat Association will join with other groups in direct talks with BP and others to negotiate on measures going forward, in hopes that the affected members of the charter fleet can get some assistance without waiting years for law suits to settle.
In the event that lawyers are needed, the Association is in talks with a few, vetted law firms to negotiate terms and reduced fees for any representation that is needed.
As long as this oil spill remains isolated to the current areas, we will continue to work to promote those areas that are not affected. There are captains, charter operations, marinas, fund raising rodeos and many others who are affected only by the negative press at this time. It would be a shame to lose a viable business to vague news accounts that invoke fear.
We in on way want to minimize the effects of what is taking place on the Louisiana coast. Critical parts of our estuary are being assaulted and that will have potential long term affects on all of us that enjoy the outdoors and the seafood that we are so well known for. Currently there are good hard working folks from Lake Pontchartrain to Lake Charles who as of now have not been affected by this incident.
Members needing to relocate or others wanting to add to the offer can contact the Association at www.fishlcba.com
Louisiana Charter Boat Association