Fishing made easy
Bruce McDonald poses with a 26-inch redfish caught on market shrimp at the Harvey Cut.
Many fishermen fish the early hour because of the heat. After dropping the boat, me, Andrew Callais and John Hiene headed toward Bayou Rigolets.
Heading south in Bayou Rigolets, we made our first stop at the bulkhead on the eastern side of Bayou Rigolets. John threw a queen chartreuse sparkle beetle under a cork, Andrew fished with a tandem glow sparkle beetle, and I threw a ¼ ounce jig head baited with market shrimp.
We fished both corners of the bulkhead and John caught a couple of croakers.
The sun was beginning to break the horizon, so we picked up the anchor and headed north to the Deep Hole In Bayou Perot. Last year at this time we were catching reds at the Hole. Finding the best spot to fish requires a good depth finder.
First find the current line, position the boat in Bayou Perot opposite the North Canal. You will be in 22 feet of water. The bottom makes a small plateau south of the Hole. The depth can reach 45 feet in the middle.
The red fish and black drum feed on the 22-foot plateau. Rigging Carolina style to fish on the bottom requires a ¾ ounce weight, a barrel swivel and a ¼ ounce jig head. Baiting with market shrimp, let your line sink to the bottom like fishing for catfish.
Always throw down current to keep your line tight. We fished for 20 minutes and managed to catch a few hard heads and decided to move. This time we were going to the Harvey Cut. It was going to be an 8-mile boat run southward.The orange glow from the Sun was making its way skyward. We reached the Harvey cut in 15 minutes and started fishing along the northern end of the cemented bulkheads.
Along the bulkhead there are numerous breaks to allow water to flow in and out. John rigged a ¼ ounce jig head with market shrimp, Andrew threw a ¼ ounce gold spoon, and I threw a 4-inch Molting Blurp Bass Assassin on a 3/8 ounce jig head.
At every cut we caught small rat red 8 to 12 inches long.
At the second to last cut along the bulkhead, John hooked and caught a 20-inch redfish. The blurp kept catching the under size red fish so I switched over to market shrimp. I placed the market shrimp against the bulkhead and let it drop to the bottom. One bump of the rod and I set the hook.
I had replaced the usual 17-pound test Stren with 50-pound Power Pro and was glad I did. The redfish took me around a pole without cutting my line. After a 10-minute struggle, John netted the 26-inch redfish.
A few minutes later Andrew put a 21-inch red fish in the boat using market shrimp.
Back at the second cut along the bulkhead, Andrew caught a 14-inch flounder and John caught another 20-inch redfish. Small redfish dominated the area. Again we moved to the first cut and Andrew caught a 16-inch black drum on market shrimp fish on the bottom.
With the Sun reaching a high point and heating up fast, we decided to call it a day.
We ended the day with eight redfish, one black drum, one flounder, and six fresh water blue catfish.
The simple ¼ ounce jig head with market shrimp had out fished everything in our tackle boxes.
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