Out here in North Carolina for work this week. Found some time this afternoon to sneak away with the client and do some fishing. Wind was brutal ( it was worse yesterday though), which led me to use his ultralight gear. Fishing was S-L-O-W, but I did manage to land one nice bass.
Although that was the only fish caught on the day, it wasn’t the only great catch. Check out this biscuit from Miss Helen’s Quik Stop, aka, Biscuits N’ Porn, palm sized and covered with cheese. It was delicious.
Edited down some of the video from yesterday, hope y’all enjoy. Sucks I couldn’t land any of the sheepshead, oh well. Be sure to watch it in 720p HD, I’m starting to like this new software.
Went scouting today with Blake in preparation for Paddlepalooza next weekend. I wanted to find some trout and possibly some flounder and that goal was accomplished. I caught 5-6 trout, while Blake caught 3-4 flounder. Reds were caught too, I think Blake limited out. Water was high in the marsh, but the clarity wasn’t too bad. Sight fishing was pretty much a disaster with the high water. I did manage to find one shallow flat that was loaded with sheepshead and scattered with reds and black drum. I got a few of the sheepshead to eat the fly I was throwing but they came off before I could land them.
Looking forward to next weekend. With over 180 people already registered, the guys at Bayou Coast are estimating around 200 kayak fishermen competing in Paddlepalooza. This blows my mind, kayak fishing is blowing up down here.
It won’t be long until the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour is back in town with the first Louisiana division event slated for April 22, 2012. It will be held in Empire at Delta Marina. Louisiana will host 3 events this year (and potentially a 4th if the final comes back). The 2nd event will be June 17th in Delacroix and a regional event will be held in Slidell on September 9th. I am making plans to attend all of them, hopefully I can compete. The tournament is a CPR(catch-photo-release) style tournament of the combined length of your biggest redfish and speckled trout. I can handle the redfish, pretty clueless when it comes to trout, no less it should be a lot of fun. They always have a lot of great raffle prizes too.
A copy of the rules and signup form can be found here: http://ifakayakfishingtour.com/2012_signup_form_rules.pdf
Empire event details here: http://www.ifakayakfishingtour.com/tournaments/2012/details/empire_12.html
Saturday was a long day of St. Patty’s Day debauchery, capped off with boiled crawfish. Baton Rouge puts on a good parade. I like it better than the Mardi Gras parades in town.
Sunday, Kurt and I headed to a local creek to see how the spotted bass were doing. The water level and clarity was pretty good, though the sand was quite saturated making wading frustrating at times. Quicksand is no joke. I stepped in one spot and sunk up to my knee. Kurt hit a bad spot he had work his self out of. Luckily no shoes were lost. Fishing was somewhat slow, but I was catching them on top, so no complaints here. No big fish on the day either, everything was under a pound.
I finally found a live freshwater mussel. I’ve always only seen their open shells on the shore. Found this guy in shallow water with a trail a few feet long in the sand behind him.
After fishing I went down to the P-Mac to catch a friend in action on the court. Penn State is in town for the 1st round of the NCAA women’s tournament. Tori Waldner is a freshman at Penn State, the Waldner’s lived down the street from us back in Alpharetta. They won and play LSU in the 2nd round on Tuesday. We’ll be back for that one. Good luck Tori! BTW, check out the awesome comb-over on the guy in front of me.