Before getting into what has been a surprisingly good week considering the gale force winds everyday, this is my blanket answer to the countless emails as far as locating any of the new VuDu Shrimp in this area. I checked Academy and it didn't appear that they were even handling them at this point. I ran by Simon Outfitters in Orange yesterday and they still had 4 or 5 packs left.
Eric Ronning at Daley's Hunt N Fish said they are also out again, but his vendor was bringing them another order of at least 60 or so packs this evening. Several of those packs have already been put aside for folks that have already called. Ronning added that this is the third time they have sold out in the past couple of weeks.
The folks fishing the revetments walls have bought up a large percentage of the new shrimp. It is apparently working as well or better than the DOA Shrimp for them to even give it a try. I would call before I drove over to Daley's as they will put what you want in a bag and have it ready for you when you arrive. If they don't have it they will tell you and you will at least save some gas money.
A nice trout taken under a cork on another windy day!
I could not talk any of my clients into canceling one more time this week and except for the wind burn and looking at the same stretch of water for a week it turned out better than expected. The one thing missing for me was big trout, but we made up for it somewhat with several XL flounder. I also think that we could have done better on big trout had they wanted to wade, but that was not an option.
We caught trout, flounder and reds on Cock of the Walk Usual Suspects, VuDu Shrimp and Gulp Mullet. It has been difficult fishing any water more than 400 yards off the La. shoreline. Our most consistent bite was drifting the flats with the VuDu shrimp (I hope color made no difference as I only had two colors) or the Gulp under a cork. The bonus with the new shrimp was that we broke one off in three days of fishing, but never changed one of the remaining three out the entire time. They are realistic looking and tough!
I feel certain that I will settle on a favorite color when that bite really gets strong, but thus far I have only tried two colors and both of them worked. It seems a little early, but we also had to deal with the gafftop when drifting with the cork. They ate a lot of Gulp, but didn't bother us nearly as badly with the shrimp.
One of several big flounder that ate the shrimp fished under a cork drifted along one shallow point.
On the slowest day we had eight trout up to five pounds, some solid flounder and one red. On the best day we had five reds, eighteen trout and two reds and the other trip resulted in nine trout, two reds and a couple of huge flounder. I saved a picture of the largest of the flatfish for my column in TSFM next month. All but one flounder was caught on a cork rig. Today's north wind may dirty things up temporarily, but the water clarity was good all week in spite of the daily southeast gales.
If the wind will let up just a little bit this next week the catching is going to be much easier. I am tired of looking at roseau cane on the La. shoreline all day!