Isaac has pushed through Louisiana now and we made it through the storm surprisingly unscathed. We never lost power and received no damage that we can tell thus far. I can’t say the same for friends and family in Laplace who did receive some flooding, but everyone is safe and alive and that is really all that matters.
A screenshot of the storm as it made it’s way through Louisiana on Wednesday. The green pushpin is where we live and the eye is just to the south. The eye passed just to the west of Baton Rouge.
We had some shrimp in the freezer that needed to be cooked just in case the power went out, so we made shrimp enchiladas, and yes, they were delicious.
We got at least 5″ of rain on Wednesday, I don’t know the exact number since my gauge tops off at 5″ and I didn’t empty it until Thursday. Since Thursday we’ve gotten another inch. We’re still getting bands of storms coming in from the Gulf, which speaks to the size of this massive Cat 1 hurricane. Our rivers are swollen too, flooding is the biggest concern now. I don’t think I’ll be able to make a river float for awhile. Most of the rivers I fish are in the Florida parishes, which were among some of the hardest hit with rain this past week.
The silver lining in all of this is that there is still a Tiger game Saturday night. Can’t wait! (photo MORGAN SEARLES / The Daily Reveile)
Still have power here in Baton Rouge, but we’ve yet to see the nasty stuff. With the storm tracking to the west of us we will eventually be in that NE quadrant that usually gets it the worst, but this thing is moving dreadfully slow. Here’s hoping we stay high and dry.
The theme around Baton Rouge lately……traffic. You can read about why here: http://theadvocate.com/home/3698836-125/evacuation-set-for-10-pm
Apparently isobutane is some pretty serious stuff. It took me by surprise to find a closed interstate at 4:45am, but being on the road that early, I didn’t have any traffic. I really didn’t experience too much headed home at 3:00pm either. I guess I was one of the lucky ones.
In honor of those who had to sit and wait it out during rush hour, and possibly have to tomorrow, here is some welcome Traffic:
Haven’t hit the water since the float trip, hoping to change that and go this weekend, possibly even fish a local tournament….
Here is a short video I put together catching that nice spot this past weekend. Unfortunately there wasn’t too much more fish catching action during the float, so the rest of the video is pretty boring.
Now is the time of year that all the big outdoor companies are releasing their new products to look for in 2013, Jackson Kayak included. Shows like iCAST, OR, and IFTD are the epicenters of this activity and for those that won’t be in attendance all we can do is wait for the info to trickle down. Fortunately JK has put out a video to satisfy our appetites which highlights their new boats and a few are sure to interest kayak fishermen. Check it out:
If they weren’t already, the folks at JK are up to their eyeballs in kayak fishing. With a new SIK and a new SUP specifically catered to fishermen, plus the arrival of the Cuda 12, they have shown that they are taking the kayak fishing contingent serious. Flying under the radar is the Cruise, which is basically a bare bones Cuda for less, a real sleeper in my opinion. Be sure to check out the JK website for more information on all the new boats, especially this page: http://jacksonkayak.com/newin2013/
I can already tell that a Cuda 12 is in store for me. 11-13′ boats are right up my alley, especially if I can stand in them, there is no better size for river and marsh fishing, which just happens to be what I like to do.
UPDATE: Isaac Miller has done an outstanding job of previewing the 2013 kayak fishing lineup from Jackson, much better than I could have, check it out here: http://yakfish.isaac-online.com/jackson-kayaks-2013-preview/