Got out in the kayak this past weekend with Blake.  In the days leading up to the trip the forecast just kept getting better and better, which led to a somewhat inflated level of confidence for someone who hasn’t been out in the kayak since before Thanksgiving.  The weather was spectacular, but the fishing was pretty tough.  We weren’t fishing the Minimalist Challenge, but I’ve heard similar things from the competitors.  I have to attribute that to the cold front that moved through just a couple days prior because those fish were not on the flats in the morning like they should have been.  Even when we saw fish early on they were extremely spooky.  Eventually things warmed up and I was able to land a few fish on the fly, including a nearly 20″, 5 lb sheepshead and  a 32″ junior bull red.  Tough day, but a good trip nonetheless.

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My beer coverage has been slacking as of late, so let’s catch up.  December’s beer of the month was the Parade Ground Porter from Tin Roof.  Tin Roof is my local brewery here in Baton Rouge and this is my favorite beer that they offer.  It’s a smooth drinking brew packed with coffee flavor.  I like it and I don’t even drink coffee, I wouldn’t judge if you woke up and drank one of these in the morning instead.

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Tin Roof’s winter seasonal is a “robust porter brewed with a special blend of New Orleans Coffee Company mocha and French roast coffee. This smooth brew is full of coffee and chocolate flavor,” per the Tin Roof website.  I’m not the only local blogger that’s a fan, here’s what everyone has to say:

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