Here are a few pictures from our trip out to Chandeleur last week. When we arrived we found the new GCRL research vessel “R/V Jim Franks” anchored out at the end of the channel! We visited for a moment and later on as they ferried many students back and forth to the beach. Both the weather and fishing were tough. Conditions were murky from all the rain and we had never seen so much debris and hyacinths pushed out from the marshes. We did manage some nice stringers of fish and the photos are of these plus a Chandeleur water spout and rainbow. We also have a new candidate for “Best Fish Camp Menu.” The next bunch of guys had caught a few cobia so that night we had fresh seasoned Lemon Fish and Cabernet marinated Back Strap of Venison – all charcoal grilled with all the “fixin’s.” “Redneck Riviera Surf and Turf” – can you top that? Another memorable time out at Chandeleur.
Here are some photos from Dauphin Island. We had a few folks who could not make the trip, but we still managed to catch some nice sized specks, reds, pompano and a few huge lady fish. A nice trip and many thanks to Mark for captaining in his panga, Todd, who also brought his boat, and everyone else who brought food and drink and lots of fun.
The weather has been so rough that we didn’t get around to our first “wet wade” of the year until May 9 – here are a nice sized pompano and speck caught on that “recon” trip for our upcoming beach outings – hopefully the first of many more to follow this Spring! – fishing was tough – the “meat rod” fishers were not catching many fish either but still a beautiful day on the water – both fish hit a Pompano Rocket. Don’t forget to send us some photos and thanks!
– Jeff Deuschle
Our ~ monthly outing was a day trip down to some of the mid Chandeleur islands. We post a lot of great fishing trips, but this one was tough. Wind, waves and visibility were worse than expected and we waded all day for just a few fish. But… newer member Fred Pike did manage to land his first red fish on fly so we were all pretty happy about that!
After some island hopping we finally found some beautiful clear water and began to spot some reds. We got Fred positioned with the Sun and wind at his back overlooking a nice shallow cut and it wasn’t long before he was whoopin’ and hollerin’ and bowed up to his first redfish on fly. A nice day and many thanks to Mark for organizing and captaining this trip.
Here are a few recent photos from Chandeleur – another great trip – seems like we have had one of our best winters out there – old and new friends, great food, great fishing and great fun – many thanks to Todd for the photos.
A few photos from the January 23 trip out to Chandeleur. We’ve heard that Tim “abused” the speckled trout on their last morning. The fly in that redfish’s mouth was one that Tim and Mark tied the night before. Sounds like another great trip; fishin’, fly tyin’, and friends. Many thanks to Mike Arguelles for sending us the photos.
We really hammered ’em! – and these photos might suggest that the fish were everywhere. Not so! The weather was very foggy, cold and damp and we fished hard that first afternoon for no fish and one big dose of ice cold water down the back of my waders! Then we hiked for hours on the second morning with only a couple of fish each.
Things were looking pretty grim until we found “The Hole.” As they will do in the winter, these specks were all bunched up in a warm, deep hole and Rod and I caught one on nearly every cast with an occasional big red thrown in as well. Fat, big trout and one of the best trips we ever had!
Anita Arguelles and others present a beautiful Shadowboxed Tarpon fly to Read Hendon, Associate Director for the USM – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The award was presented at our December party on behalf of theIFFF – Gulf Coast Council in recognition of the Lab’s leadership in marine research, conservation and education and our cherished relationship with them.
Last month Todd, Mark and I seized a calm day to run across to the Biloxi Marsh. We found clear water in some of the interior creeks and began to spot good numbers of nice sized, single reds.
The poling in the mud was really tough and Todd worked hard to get Mark a few shots at fish. After he changed to a big “LSU colored,” purple and chartreuse fly, the next redfish charged his presentation and the fight was on! The fattest 28″ red I ever saw towed Mark round and round and under the boat, but he finally landed his first big red on the fly rod. We had a big time!
Thanks also to Todd for the photos. It’s getting to be the best time of the year for those big reds, so Happy Holidays and get out there and get ’em and send us some pictures!