hybrid went 3.50 lbs. and Kevin’s went 3.75 lbs. These fish were taken
minutes apart around 10:50a when a small flock of terns dove on the
shad these fish and their schoolmates were pushing to the surface. Both
came on 3/4 oz. slabs.
is a geologist working in the oil industry and Lauren is investing her
life into helping veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and
related-issues in her work with the Veterans’ Administration.
off a really good day yesterday, the winds were a bit more easterly
this morning, with 100% grey cloud cover the entire morning. Both the
fish and the birds were a bit “funky” today. We enjoyed the presence of
active, flying, feeding birds for the last 3.5 hours of our 4.5 hour
trip, but, the birds rarely stayed over one area very long. They would
circle, dip down after a few shad, then move 100 or 200 yards and do the
same thing. Likewise, the fish we found were also scattered and “flighty”; we rarely encountered more than a few fish at at time.
be sure, we caught fish, but the fish we encountered were scatted both
horizontally and vertically. We jigged for fish on the bottom, “smoked”
for suspended fish, and even downrigged a bit for fish that were spread
horizontally and on the move.
all was said and done we put together a catch of 44 fish including
short and keeper hybrid up to 3.75 pounds, white bass up to 13″, and 2
largemouth bass thrown in for good measure.
past experiences have primarily been in saltwater in both the
Chesapeake Bay complex, and in the Mississippi Delta region of
Louisiana. Never before had he targeted or landed either white bass or
hybrid striped bass, so, today was a day of firsts for him.
As the fish and bird action wound down, our conversation turned to food, specifically Louisiana fare. Having spent some time at Fort Polk, LA, as a young man in the military, I was able to compare notes with Kevin and Lauren. We joked that with a good roux as a base, it really didn’t matter what you put in gumbo, which led my two guests to volunteer some of the stranger ingredients they’d witnessed. Topping the list: black birds!!
TALLY = 44 FISH, all caught and released
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Start Time: 7:00a
End Time: 11:35a
Air Temp: 50F at trip’s start.
Water Surface Temp: 57F
Wind: Winds were SE6.
Skies: 100% cloudy and grey.
Other Notes: GT=55
Areas Fished with success:
** 1141/835/1144 (30T, 15 G)
** 838 (12T)