Redfishing is the solution for deer-hunting burn out

Bruce McDonald
December 10, 2010 at 9:35 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Cliff McDonald with a 15-inch redfish he caught over the weekend.
Cliff McDonald with a 15-inch redfish he caught over the weekend.
Deer season has just started and 24 of the 78 days of gun season have evaporated. As for ducks, in the east and west zones 23 days have come and gone.

Trying to get in as many days of hunting as possible, this Crazy Cajun is starting to get burned out. Taking a proverb from my coaching past,  which is "there are never any problems, only solutions," I decided to head out for some fishing.

A good report came in of redfish at the mouth of Bayou Couba, on the Lake Salvador side. So Cliff McDonald and I launched the Kenner VX around 1 p.m. at Pier 90 and headed across Lake Cataouatche. 

Talking to the harbor master at Pier 90 before we left, he pointed out that the bass were hitting on the June Bug worm and many of the bass fishermen were catching their limit. We bought a box of earthworms before we left, thinking we might catch a few catfish.

After crossing Lake Cataouatche, we arrived at the Old Oak Tree at the mouth of Bayou Couba. The water was calm, clear and moving from south to north. The conditions were right for catching bass or redfish. 

Cliff began throwing a ¼ ounce chrome rattletrap with a black back. I threw a black/white tuxedo on a ¼ jig head and a #3 gold spinner. Both baits look similar to the poggies in the bayou.

We circled the small island and only caught two small redfish.  Picking up the trolling motor, we cranked up and moved to the mouth of the Gulf Canal.

The ladyfish were the only fish interested in our baits. 
Looking across Lake Salvador, I could see the twin towers at Bayou Perot. Every fall we have caught plenty of redfish in the deep hole on the north side of the North Canal. 

"I'm ready if you are!" Cliff said. 

Again, the Kenner VX was headed south across Lake Salvador. When we reached the deep hole, I located the 22-foot plateau on the bottom south of the deep hole. We used ¾ ounce Carolina rigs baited with market shrimp to reach the bottom.  Within minutes hard head catfish had taken over. 

We moved to several rock points on the east side of Bayou Perot heading south.  Only hard heads were in the area. Looking south, the bulkhead on the east side of Bayou Rigolet didn't look too far to travel. 

So we cranked up and headed south.

When we reached the bulkhead, the current was eddying around both corners. We dropped the anchor in front of the bulkhead and we were able to reach both corners from our moor. 

The water was a clear light green color.  On Cliff's first cast with his rattletrap, he pulled in a 15-inch redfish that had to be released. I threw a ¼ ounce jig head with market shrimp and immediately put another 15-inch redfish in the boat. Cast after cast we caught and released under sized redfish. 

"This is exciting, but we need to move to another location," Cliff said.

Not having a keeper in the boat, we headed south again to the cemented bulkheads at the Harvey Cut. At each cut we fished along the bulkhead, and we picked up 10 to 12 undersized redfish. 

At the last cut, I began throwing an avocado/chartreuse tip tail cocahoe on a gold spinner and landed a 26-inch red fish. Then Cliff landed a 24-inch redfish on his chrome/black rattletrap.

With two legal red fish, we had enough fish for the grill. Being 10 miles below Lafitte, we had a long ride back to Pier 90, but after sitting long hours in a deer stand it felt good to fish for a while.

I'm ready to go back in the stand, but if you are getting burned out hunting, fishing one or two days may be the solution.

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