We took a few days off away from fishing to fill some alligator tags with our clients and focus on teal season! We had great success filling all our alligator tags in short order, but the teal birds did not show up for the first few days of the season! Hopefully we can get a big push of birds this week.
While I was hunting alligators some of our guides stayed fishing and it has been hot and heavy action on redfish and a bit slower on the trout. Our trout have started the transition from the outer gulf edge into the marsh, so keeping on a consistent bite has been tough since the fish are moving so fast everyday. On a good note this has been the most shrimp and menhaden I've seen in the marsh in a very long time! I'm expecting the fall and winter fishing to be phenomenal with all the bait that has transitioned into the marsh already!
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It was a wet week here in Hopedale, Louisiana! A week of playing a game of chess with the summer squalls! It seemed every time you get the fish biting good the rain would run you in a different direction. It was a constant game of chess, making moves to keep the customers dry and fish flying in the boat. Besides the weather the fish did corporate and we had some great catches of speckled trout and redfish come back to the dock. We have one more solid week of charters trips going out and then we will be focusing on our summer teal season.
Capt. Britt Ordes
The fishing here in Hopedale, Louisiana has been great as usual. Another great week in the books with lots of fish and happy customers coming back to the dock! Our speckled trout fishing has been off the charts and our yearly pogy run has finally showed up this week! For many that do not know this time of year the massive pogy run comes through hopedale and the giant bull reds follow! Schools of thousand upon thousands of pogys move in from the gulf into the outer bays of southeast Louisiana, massive schools of bull reds and jacks follow these pogies to feast upon. This means lots of big fish with chances of catching giant reds from the 25 to 40 lbs class! This running of the bulls as we call it, should last for the next few weeks.
As our summer season is coming to an end in the next few weeks, we will be switching gears getting our duck blinds ready for our summer blue wing teal hunts and gearing up for the fall and winter fishing. The summer season was a challenging but successful summer, but I have a feeling the winter is going to be a special one.
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This week the fishing has been as hot as the weather here in South Louisiana!! The fishing this week in Hopedale, LA has been as good as it gets, I fished 6 out of the 7 days this week with limits of speckled trout on every trip except one. The weather is hot but the fish are gorging themselves the first few hours of the morning to keep up with the heat. All my groups this week wanted speckled trout so that was the primary target, but the red fishing has been just as good. We finally got a good dose of clean saltwater and a huge influx of bait fish with the big incoming tides this week, I foresee another awesome week of fishing still to come. If you would like to experience this hot action while it last call Capt. Britt to book a inshore fishing trip here in Southeast Louisiana, we have a few dates available before the end of the month.
Saturday I had four guest from New Orleans on my boat Blake Bennett, Clay Degruy, Jay Morris, and Ben Kingsdorf. We almost canceled the trip due to the 60% chance of rain they had predicted but we opted to get a early start and try to beat the rain. We arrived at my first spot that I have been catching limits on every trip and it was a no go! cat fish and trash every cast. I noticed the water was dirty so we moved further south. Next stop we caught and released for a solid hour but it was every fish you could imgaine, trout, Ladyfish, sharks, mackeral, and catfish. We stayed with it becuase every third cast would be a trout and Ive learned the hard way in the past with no tide and your on somewhat of a bite stay with it cause it might be the only good bite you get on all day with no tide in the forcast! We managed about 30 trout in a hour and plenty of trash fish. After the bite finally died we made a move further south on the way we passed a weed line and a small rip and I was searching for a trippletail or two when I spotted a cobia working the grass line. I turned the boat on a dime and baited up with a live croaker and my guy threw right at him and bam hooked up wiyh a 40lb. cobia in 13 feet of water on light takle!! I used my offshore experience and made a bunch of racket and did a few tricks and up popped a second cobia! Now we talking doubled up on 40 to 50 class cobia on light tackle! We fought the cobia for about 25 minutes finally landing one and had the second break off. I went back to the spot again worked my magic and we where hooked up again!! Three cobia in no time. He finally broke the line in short manner! But it was fun while it lasted. Made a move to a rig nearby and caught another 20 or so big trout and what do you know another cobia on the line he was jumping, tailing and putting on a show until about 15 minutes into the fight he straightend the hook! Just one of those freak days when you run into a bunch of cobia wiht light tackle while fishing for trout and redfsih! But the guys had a blast and said it was a trip that will never be forgotten! We finished the day with 53 trout 1 for 4 on Cobia, 4 reds, and 2 black drum. With the box filled to the top we headed for the camp.
The fishing is just crazy right now in hopedale! The salinity is really high right now so you dont know what you might catch on any giving day like Saturday! We are catching plenty trout and the redfish are finally back in the marsh with non stop action on reds and drum!
Give me a call and let me take you fish catchingI im Booked up for August but I still have some days in Sept. and Oct. I have a few teal hunts left open and they are going fast! I made a run throught the marsh satruday and already seeing big bands of teal so book your fishing trip or hunt/ Cast and Blast soon or you will miss out on the action!
Capt. Britt Ordes
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